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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

Gross Collins has been a trusted partner for close to thirty years. The firm has been by our side as we faced the various challenges our competitive industry provides. The firm has been a vital part of the team which guided us to the successful company we are today.

Tracy Pierce, COO

Precision Concrete Construction Inc.

“Crunching Numbers” for me is only one of the many things I appreciate about HLB Gross Collins. Over the many years of working with Pauline, who I consider my accountant and friend, I have developed a relationship which reflects trust and loyalty. I know she has my best interest as a basis for all her advice. Caring may be the key word. She is always available to guide my decisions in a supportive and professional manner. I consider myself fortunate to be a client.

Sara Thomas