Sonya D. Coates, CPA, CGMA
Sonya Coates began her career with HLB Gross Collins, P.C. after receiving her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Georgia. She is a Senior Audit Manager in the firm's Audit and Advisory Services department.
Sonya provides auditing,
consulting, advisory, and attestation services for privately-held businesses
and non-profit organizations. She serves a broad range of clients and has
experience in a variety of industries Including the wholesale and retail
distribution, manufacturing, construction, education, and service industries.
Sonya provides services to clients doing business both domestically and abroad,
and she has specialized expertise in International Financial Reporting
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.
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. Sonya seeks to establish trusted business relationships with
her clients by providing attentive and timely professional services to enhance
Within the firm, Sonya
functions as a quality control reviewer for the auditing and accounting
department, maintains the firm's standard auditing and accounting
correspondence and reporting templates, oversees audit engagement
finalizations, and participates in the firm's peer review processes.
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
We appreciate the personal approach Gross Collins takes with our tax planning and preparation needs.
John Sudduth, Controller
Pioneer Concrete Pumping Service, Inc.
HLB Gross Collins, P.C. consistently demonstrates integrity, professionalism, and technical ability. Additionally, they adhere to time deadlines, and most of all, display a concern and passion for our best interests.
Curtis A. Pollock Co-COO & J. Bruce Bolick CFO