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Meet Alabama’s Top Talent CPAs

Business Alabama Abbreviated Article- – By Erica Joiner West

With federal and state tax deadlines looming, April is one of the busiest months for certified public accountants in the country. 

But the men and women who have the designation CPA after their names do more than just file paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service. 

Accountants perform a myriad of financial transactions for businesses and individuals throughout the year. From helping start small businesses to organizing the largest corporations’ financials, accountants are vital to keeping the marketplace functioning. 

These individuals also balance work and life, contributing to their families and communities in various ways — from serving as coaches and mentors in youth programs to volunteering with charitable organizations. 

The Alabama Society of CPAs and Business Alabama salute the inaugural listing of some of Alabama’s best and brightest CPAs.

James Moody is a partner in Dent Moses, where he has worked since 2006. He provides accounting, audit, business consulting and tax services to privately held businesses in many industries including wholesale distribution, professional service firms and not-for-profit organizations. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Samford University, Moody is currently president-elect of the Alabama Society of CPAs and earlier served as president of the Birmingham chapter. He is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs. Moody enjoys staying connected with the accounting programs at several local universities, often serving as a guest speaker. In addition, he serves on the Accounting Advisory Board of the Brock School of Business at Samford University, where he was honored in 2014 as Distinguished Accounting Alumnus. He and his family still live in his hometown of Moody.

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Andrew Bailey is tax and consulting manager for Crow Shields Bailey PC in Mobile.

Aaron Bell is a partner at Tucker, Scott & Wates CPAs in Decatur.

Roger Boatner is managing member of Boatner & Pugh LLC in Gadsden.

Joella Bogle is a manager with MDA Professional Group PC in Gadsden.  

John Boles is managing partner of the Auburn office of Himmelwright, Huguley & Boles LLC, managing the firm’s assurance services.

April Boudreaux joined Smith, Dukes & Buckalew in Mobile in 1989 and provides a wide range of business services to clients.

Wesley Brown Jr. is owner of Brown and Brown Accountants PC in Athens.

Allen Carroll is managing partner of Wilkins Miller in Mobile.

Bill Curtis is partner-in-charge with Mauldin & Jenkins LLC’s Birmingham office.

Bryan Hall is a partner and health care industry line leader for Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors in Enterprise.

Angela Hamiter is a shareholder with JamisonMoneyFarmer PC, where she started her accounting career in 1991.

Colby Lakas serves as Auburn University’s School of Accountancy director of recruiting and professional development, helping undergraduates with their recruiting and professional development activities.

Don McCleod is owner and founder of Don McCleod CPA PC in Dothan.

Lisa McKinney is a senior lecturer in the University of Alabama Culverhouse School of Accountancy and the Culverhouse LIFT director.

Jason Miller is a partner in the Audit and Assurance Group of Anglin Reichmann Armstrong PC in Huntsville.

Karen Moore is senior tax manager with Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg, Moore PC in Birmingham.

Ebony O’Brien is a senior manager with Banks, Finley, White & Co.

Amanda Paul is an assistant professor of accountancy in the Sorrell College of Business of Troy University.

Karen Poist is director of the State and Local Tax Practice Area for Stambaugh Ness in Hoover.

Connie Sheppard-Harris is president of Sheppard-Harris & Associates PC in Birmingham.

Van Trefethen is a member within Warren Averett’s Tax Division, serving as the Birmingham office tax service area leader.

Jason Wells is a principal with Jackson Thornton in Montgomery and leads the firm’s Valuation and Litigation Consulting group.

Kami West is a supervising senior accountant in Kassouf’s Healthcare Services Group in Birmingham.

Trae Zeblan is a senior manager at BMSS Advisors & CPAs, where he primarily focuses on assurance and transaction advisory engagements.