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Barry W. Whisnant, CPA
Managing Partner

James M. Whitworth, Jr., CPA
Partner


K. Ronnie Cline, CPA

Laurie S. Hileman
, CPA
Manager


Brett A. Bernhardt, CPA
Staff Accountant



 

Gregory S. Whisnant, CPA
Partner

Kathy W. Whisnant, CPA
Partner


Laura H. Haigler
, CPA
Audit Manager


Lisa C. Brown
, CPA
Senior in Charge



Our partners and staff at Whisnant & Company are highly qualified individuals working together to bring a wealth of talent and knowledge to each assignment. Our experience and expertise is diverse and wide-ranging and enables us to match the required skills to the job at hand. When you select Whisnant & Company, you’re selecting professionals who provide quality service adaptable to your particular needs.
 


Barry Whisnant

Barry W. Whisnant
Managing Partner
North Carolina Certificate Number 9893

Barry is a founding member of Whisnant & Company, LLP, which was formed in 1974.  His specialty is Management Advisory Services and Taxation.  This includes consulting services related to stockholder and ownership issues, business valuations, cash flow and profitability issues, mergers and acquisitions, and other management problems.  Within the firm, Barry acts as Managing Partner and is involved in marketing, personnel issues and firm administration.

Barry is a past member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants Board of Directors.

Barry’s interests include golf, boating, walking, and spending time with family and friends.

Education:
Lenoir Rhyne- College
BA, Accounting

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Gregory S. Whisnant
Partner
North Carolina Certificate Number 11568

Greg has over 26 years of accounting, auditing, taxation and consulting experience with a wide variety of closely-help and publicly owned businesses. His areas of experience include Audit & Tax, Manufacturing, Financial Institutions, Trucking, Automobile Dealers, and Employee Benefit Plans.

Greg currently serves on the board of directors for the Catawba Valley Community Foundation.

Education:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BS, Accounting

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James M. Whitworth, Jr., CPA
Partner
North Carolina Certificate Number 8805

Jim has been in the practice of public accounting since 1970. He has worked in the areas of auditing, taxation, consulting and financial planning. Currently, his practice emphasis is in the areas of individual and corporate income tax planning and compliance, estate tax planning and compliance and management consulting. Jim is a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory, a member of the Catawba County Board of Advisors of First Citizens Bank, and Chairman of the Finance Committee of First United Methodist Church in Hickory.

Education:
Lenoir- Rhyne College
BA, Business Administration

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Kathy W. Whisnant, CPA
Partner
North Carolina Certificate Number 17223

Kathy joined the firm in 1984.  She specializes in auditing; corporate, partnership and individual income taxation; tax compliance; tax planning; small business accounting; financial reporting; business management; and firm administration.  Her focus has been in areas of furniture and textile manufacturing, retail pharmacy, and the hospitality industry.

Kathy enjoys walking, Bible study, gardening, piano, and spending time with family and friends.

Education:
Lenoir- Rhyne College,
BA, Accounting

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K. Ronnie Cline, CPA
North Carolina Certificate Number 9457

Ronnie has over 30 years of accounting, auditing, tax and consulting experience in a variety of business areas including manufacturing, trucking, retail, construction, real estate, imports and a major concentration in the automotive industry. His areas of specialization are Audit and Tax, Consulting and Management Advisory Services.

Education:
Lenoir- Rhyne College
BA, Accounting and Business Administration

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Laurie

Laurie S. Hileman, CPA
Manager
North Carolina Certificate Number 14763

Laurie has over 27 years of auditing, tax and consulting experience in public accounting. She specializes in taxation and consulting services for a variety of closely-held businesses and individuals.

Education:
Wake Forest University
BS, Accounting

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Laura H. Haigler, CPA
Audit Manager
North Carolina Certificate Number 18937

Laura has over 15 years of accounting, auditing and tax experience in public accounting. Her areas of experience include Audit and Tax, Manufacturing, Financial Institutions, Trucking, Automobile Dealers, and Qualified Retirement Plans.

Education:
Lenoir- Rhyne College
BA, Accounting

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Lisa C. Brown, CPA
Senior in Charge
North Carolina Certificate Number 27023

Lisa has 5 years of accounting, auditing, and tax experience in public accounting. Her areas of specialization include Audit and Tax and Accounting Software for small businesses.

Education:
University of Greensboro,
Minor in Economics
University of Greensboro
BS, Finance
Appalachian University
MS, Accounting

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Brett

Brett Bernhardt, CPA
Staff Accountant
North Carolina Certificate Number 35492

Brett has 4 years of experience in public accounting. His areas of specialization include Audit and Tax. He is a member of the AICPA as well as the NCACPA.

Education:
Lenoir-Rhyne University
BA, Accounting & Finance

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