Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

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 Servicesdepartment.

Specialized Services

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 Standards.

SonyahasexperienceinassistingclientswithIRSauditdefense,businesssalesandacquisitions,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 thefuture.

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 client operations.

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.

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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

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

John Sudduth, Controller

Pioneer Concrete Pumping Service, Inc.

I am happy to write this recommendation regarding the professionalism, integrity, and technical expertise of HLB Gross Collins P.C. (HLB). The professionals at HLB always exhibit an exceptional level of competence while diligently working to adhere to deadlines.
Additionally, HLB Gross Collins, P.C. applied their expertise in calculating the U.S. GAAP deferred tax provision. The firm exhibited tremendous tax knowledge in this area and we were impressed by their expertise.
I am happy to recommend HLB Gross Collins, P.C. based on their international expertise, specifically related to GAAP, as well as their technical ability and attentiveness to quality and personal relationships.

Randall Mertz, President & CEO

ORAFOL Americas Inc.

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