Exceeding Expectations. Always. — Business Advisors and CPAs


I wanted to pass along my compliments on a job-well-done for Kristi and David, pertaining to their presentation to the United Way Board last week. They did a great job! It is great to see BatesCarter performing the financial statement/990 work for the United Way. As a board member, I believe it adds an additional layer of credibility for the organization, when such a high caliber accounting firm is standing behind the numbers. 

Also, I wanted to thank you for supporting Kristi's involvement with this year's American Heart Association Walk leadership team. As the chair of this year's campaign, I am very pleased to have Kristi once again supporting our efforts on behalf of BatesCarter. She does a wonderful job, and I wanted you to know how much I appreciate her hard work and dedication.

David Abee
Northeast Georgia Market President, Regions Bank

It has been a pleasure to get to work with Bates Carter & Co. over the last 3 years. Beth Grimes and Duane Schlereth are highly competent in the area of local governmental audits. The audit staff at Bates Carter has been very professional and helpful also. When we were evaluating audit firms for our County 4 years ago, we were looking for not only a competitive price, but a firm that would deliver value. Bates Carter is a firm that cares about its clients and truly partners with us. They are always cordial with us, while offering ideas for improvement. One of my first goals as the Director was to achieve the GFOA Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting. Bates Carter was very helpful in the achievement of this award on our first try, and has been supportive in our efforts to continue to achieve the award since then. I have been very pleased with Bates Carter & Co. I have enjoyed working with Bates Carter & Co. over the years.

Hans Wilson
Finance Director, Coweta County

We have been clients with BatesCarter since the early 1960′s when it was Bates, Betts & Carter. Jim Bates was the partner who conducted the audits for our company, which back then was Pittman Curb & Gutter Company, and also prepared our personal tax returns. Louie has been a client longer than he has been married which says a lot for both relationships. Our company became Pittman Construction Company, we had two children and now have six grandchildren and BatesCarter still does the estate planning and tax preparation for all of us. Just as our family and business has grown in size, so has BatesCarter, but their one on one approach to each client has not changed. You can see that we value relationships and like to stay with people that understand and appreciate both our business and family concerns. BatesCarter represents the continuity we have experienced and grown to expect from the only CPA firm we have ever used. 

Louie & Carolyn Pittman
President, Pittman Construction

As one of the fastest growing county governments in the State of Georgia, Jackson County relies on Bates Carter to keep us up to date with the latest changes in governmental accounting, auditing and financial reporting. While the primary focus of their service to Jackson County has been the annual audit of our financial statements (two plus decades), they have provided consulting services in a number of other areas to our county. As an example, Duane and his team provided valuable input, technical expertise and assistance in preparing our first annual budget document for submission to the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program. Since that time, our government has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award consecutively for ten years. The firm of Bates Carter has meant a lot to me both professionally and personally over the years. Duane Schlereth has been more than just a point of contact; he has been a mentor and friend. Duane has encouraged me and been very supportive of my role in local government and my involvement in the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association (GGFOA). Without reservation, I can say that BatesCarter has provided Jackson County with prompt, efficient and friendly service. 

John Hulsey
Finance Director, Jackson County Government

Our companies Benton & Parker Co, Inc., Lanier Premium Finance Co, Inc., and Parker & Benton Holdings LLC have had a business relationship with John Nix and BatesCarter for twenty years. We also depend on them for our personal tax needs. Benton & Parker Co, Inc is an independent insurance agency specializing in insurance for the transportation industry. John and the staff at BatesCarter are always accessible (even on April 15) and ready to answer our questions and offer practical advice. We always know we can depend on John and the staff for high ethical standards and up-to-date knowledge of tax laws and also business and personal financial advice. We rest comfortable knowing we and our companies are in the hands of the team at BatesCarter….Honest, Professional, Dependable, and Affordable. 

David Benton and Frank Parker
Owners, Benton & Parker Co., Inc.

Congratulations on the success of Bates Carter and the big anniversary. It is quite an accomplishment these days for firms to stay together and continue to grow. I own a small employee benefit consulting company in Atlanta. Needless to say, we have a lot of competition and have to set ourselves apart by providing outstanding customer service and new ideas to our customers and prospects. When I think of Bates Carter, I think of great people, outstanding service, and responsiveness on a timely basis. My company is certainly on the low end financially of “corporate accounts” for Bates Carter, but I have to say we are treated with care and concern. From the “real person” (Nora) answering the phone to the new assistant who may help with gathering information to (Betsy) dragging me through my books, I feel like our best interest is at heart! — And I can always get Ron on the phone or another partner to help with some research on a technical tax question that may affect one of our clients. Thanks for all you do and keep up the good work!! 

Al NeSmith
Managing Partner, Business Advisory Group

Congratulations on your 50th Birthday! We appreciate the outstanding service and the commitment to excellence the staff have provided us for the past 15 years. 

Pat Rylee
Financial Manager, The Legacy Link, Inc. Area Agency on Aging

We began using BatesCarter for our yearly audits in 1999. This was the first time our church had a professional audit and there was much to do! Ron Bracewell was in charge of our account, and he and everyone else were very professional, but also very helpful. BatesCarter has done our audit each year since and the relationship has grown tremendously. For the past several years, I have worked one on one with Kristi Griffin to complete the audit. She is always so easy to work with and goes above and beyond to help. Each year she not only does a wonderful job with the audit, but tries to help me improve/simplify at least one area of our accounting. This commitment to do more than is required speaks volumes of Kristi and your firm. To me, there is no one better than Kristi! My experience with BatesCarter has been wonderful. Everyone is not only professional, but personable and extremely easy to work with. I have and would recommend the firm to anyone! 

Stacy Gravitt
Financial Administrator

BatesCarter has been part of my family since their inception in 1962. My father and his business partner went with BatesCarter when they started their business. Sally and I have been clients for over 15 years and our children are clients. BatesCarter has provided our family with professional consulting and advice in our personal and business endeavors, tax work on individual and corporate tax, estate planning and business planning. We trust their insight and wisdom in all of our financial dealings. We have recommended them to several people and will continue to do so with confidence. We are delighted to work with a professional full-service CPA firm. 

Tom & Sally Oliver
Owner, Chestnut Mountain Egg Farm

I was fortunate to begin my career in 2006 at BatesCarter, the most respected CPA firm in Gainesville. As an employee I gained a strong foundation in the accounting practice by working with highly knowledgeable CPAs. I'm also proud of the strong sense of community that BatesCarter shares with its employees. Now, as a client, I am comforted to know first hand the high quality of service they provide. I proudly support BatesCarter.

Rachel Bembry
CPA Assistant Director of Finance, City of Dunwoody