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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

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.

Packard has been a client of HLB Gross Collins for 33 years, through the tough years and the growth years. They have been a loyal and trusted advisor to us for everything from Audited financials to our recent transition to 100% ESOP, we could not have completed this transaction without their expertise. The firm has grown with us over these years and we look forward to trusting them for all our accounting and tax needs for many years to come. I don’t know how to say enough about how I trust the advisors and friends I have a HLB Gross Collins.

Susan Kirkland, President

Packard, Inc.

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