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Meet Our Team

Sonya D. Coates, CPA

Sonya Coates began her career with HLB Gross Collins, P.C. in 1990 and is currently a manager in the Audit and Advisory Services department. Sonya is adept at helping clients to realize their financial success by continually offering improvement strategies, suggestions for strengthening internal controls, and methods of cost reduction. 

Specialized Services
Sonya provides auditing, consulting, advisory, and attestation services for privately-held businesses and non-profit organizations. She has specialized expertise in industries including the wholesale and retail distribution, manufacturing, construction, education, and service industries.

Sonya seeks to establish trusted business relationships with her clients by providing attentive and timely professional services to enhance client operations.

Sonya has experience in assisting clients with IRS audit defense, business sales and acquisitions, business valuations, due diligence, and budgeting and forecasting. She has experience in fraud risk assessment, forensic accounting, and assisting plaintiffs and defense litigators in civil litigation and allegations of white collar crime. Sonya also has experience in assisting corporate leaders, boards, and audit committees with internal fraud investigations, including providing needed guidance and suggesting important financial controls to prevent potential problems in the future.

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About Sonya

University of Georgia, Bachelors in Accounting

Acts as the firms Quality Control reviewer and conducts audit and accounting training

Sonya enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, as well as supporting the Georgia Bulldogs

Professional and Community Memberships

University of Georgia Alumni Association

Georgia Society of CPAs

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

HLB Gross Collins has been an outstanding partner for our business for over 15 years. Wayne Gilmore and the partners and staff at HLB Gross Collins have supported our multi-national business tax and advice needs effectively and efficiently. Whether evaluating the tax and business consequences of an international or domestic job or completing the inevitable paperwork and tax returns required, HLB Gross Collins always provides the support we need. I highly recommend HLB Gross Collins to any business.

Steven R. Baardson, CFO & General Counsel

TransGlobal Energy, Inc.

We appreciate the personal approach Gross Collins takes with our tax planning and preparation needs.

John Sudduth, Controller

Pioneer Concrete Pumping Service, Inc.