Ellyn Bess

Ellyn Bess

STS Global Employer Services Partner - Compensation and Benefits; Third-Party Administration National Team Leader


BDO Norfolk Office



Executive Summary

Ellyn Bess leads the Compensation and Benefits practice for the Norfolk office and the BDO National Third-Party Administration Practice.

Her Practice began with three members in 1999 and now the BDO TPA practice includes 17 Compensation and Benefits (C&B) professionals specializing in 401(k) Plan and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). Ellyn’s success in growing the firm’s C&B practice led to her being promoted to partner in 2009 with McPhillips, Roberts & Deans and then as Partner with BDO as the National Team Leader of the Third Party Administration Practice within the National Global Employer Services – Compensation & Benefits BDO National Team serving clients across the USA as well as International clients.

As a knowledgeable resource in retirement planning services, Ellyn provides consulting on the establishment and administration of retirement plans, taxation of employee benefits, as well as other qualified retirement plan matters including platform service/fee benchmarking. In addition to her consulting practice, Ellyn devotes considerable time to her profession. Her retirement plan administration experience includes: Retirement Plan Design Consultation for many industries including government contracting and medical ; 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan Administration; and ESOP Administration.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
The ESOP Association
Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA), Member and Past President of Tidewater Chapter 


B.S., Accounting, Ball State University

Community Involvement

Greenbrier Country Club Board of Governors, Past Member
Meals on Wheels of Chesapeake, Past Secretary/Treasurer
Norfolk Sunrise Rotary Club, Program Chair
United Way Professional Advisory Committee Past Member