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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

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.

With international dealings, not all CPA firms are created equal. Frustrated with complicated and inaccurate advise by our previous CPA, we were referred to HLB Gross Collins. HLB has been there to get to know who we are and to help us grow along the way by making suggestions and referrals that work for our business. No question is too small or large, all receive respectful and timely replies. The personal, reliable and professional services that Iliana and HLB staff have provided has been beyond measure, in the more than 11 years since we made the change.

Marc Lacourly

Prime Industries Inc.

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