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Team Member Highlights

BatesCarter celebrates their newest CPAs

Congratulations to Emily Schuebert, Merritt Stewart and Lesli Tillman on their accomplishment.  We are so proud of your hard work and we are lucky to have you.


Sara Ogden signs the Elizabeth Hope Scholarship - Established in 2022

Sara established The Elizabeth Hope Scholarship (named after Sara's two daughters).  It will be awarded to a UNG student each year that demonstrates financial need and has a minimum GPA of 3.2.  Preference is given to single parents and students enrolled in a degree program with the Mike Cottrell College of Business.

Sara went through college as a single parent and knows how valuable every dollar can be to help someone take that next step up in life.  Sara said, "I've been blessed with my success at BatesCarter and want to pay forward the help I received in school to others."

We are so proud of you Sara Ogden!


BatesCarter Featured at Georgia Government Finance Officers Association Annual Conference

As long time supporters of GGFOA (Georgia Government Finance Officers Association), BatesCarter's Government Partner, Amanda Wilkson, is attending and speaking on an audit panel discussion.



2021 After Tax Season Party


To raise money and donate all proceeds to benefit Family Promise in Gainesville, BatesCarter staff could purchase a pie, or more, and pie a partner.  One catch; the partner can pay $$ to reverse the pie and pie the staff instead.  A lot of fun and laughter was had by all.  Some spouses got in on the fun.  Total raised and donated, $2,000.  Go team BatesCarter!!!


Visit our photo gallery for more pictures. 


13th Annual Chamber Chase 5K

The BatesCarter team had a great time participating in the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Annual Chamber Chase!


Educational Foundation Scholarship Recipient

In 2007, BatesCarter endowed a major scholarship with the Educational Foundation of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Through the endowment fund BatesCarter has provided an annual scholarship to an accounting student in the North Georgia area. The 2019 Bates Carter endowment recipient is attending the University of North Georgia.

This year The Education Foundation awarded over $76,000 in scholarships to over 50 of Georgia's best and brightest accounting students.

Through its commitment of time, talent and financial assistance, BatesCarter is proud to support the accounting profession and provide opportunities to the best and brightest students in Georgia.


2019 4th Annual Bowling with Special Olympics Hall County

It's that time of year again! The BatesCarter team had a great time bowling and raising $2500 for Special Olympics of Hall County.  Everyone who bowls a strike gets to don a tutu. 


Halloween Fun


The Nerd Bowl benefiting Special Olympics Hall County

The BatesCarter 'Bad Assets' team claimed first place for the second consecutive year of the Nerd Bowl; by only a two point win.  Special thanks to Stewart, Melvin and Frost and Raymond James for initiating this event and joining forces for this great cause.

Over $1,000 was raised to benefit the Special Olympics of Hall County!  Way to go!

Visit the PHOTO GALLERIES for more photos of the evening!

Team Bates Emerges Victorious at Tacos & Trivia

Tacos & Trivia is a fundraising event benefitting the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. This event was held at Left Nut Brewing Company in Gainesville, Georgia. The Bates Carter team was able to pull off a win after going all in on the final question. 

Brandon Deraney received his CPA certification!

Congratulations to Brandon on his accomplishment.  Brandon joined BatesCarter as a staff accountant in 2015 after graduating with a BBA and MAcc from Georgia College.

Some bowling fun with Stewart, Melvin & Frost.

BatesCarter enjoying another staff function with a little competitive bowling with Gainesville law firm, Stewart, Melvin and Frost.  See our photo gallery for all photos.

A friendly wager was made that the losing team would donate $100 to Special Olympics. Therefore Stewart, Melvin & Frost made the donation   ;  BatesCarter matched the donation.  It was all in fun and for a good cause.  Thanks to all who were able to participate.



Taking a motorcycle break.

Karen Montgomery is our resident motorcyclist.  Karen and her husband, Dan, have been involved with The Christian Motorcycle Association for over 30 years.  They involve themselves in local chapters everywhere they have resided.  CMA has a national fundraiser once a year for evangelist purposes. 60% of the funds go to 3 partner organizations and CMA keeps 40% for evangelistic outreach within the United States.  This year the fundraising goal is $5,000,000.  The total raised will be announced at the National CMA rally in June.

Karen and Dan have gone on several mission trips with CMA to present motorcycles to pastors in other countries who would never be able to afford transportation to their many churches.  It helps them plant churches and visit on a regular basis.  The local chapter in Gainesville is called Unchained Riders and they are involved in many areas of servant type ministry.

You can often find Karen and Dan at Frazier's Harley Davidson in Buford helping with events, and helping at some of the other major motorcycle events in the area.  They also go on fun rides around the area and have ridden cross country more than once.



2016 After Tax Season Barbecue 

After many hours and hard work by everyone at the firm, the staff took time to unwind with a barbecue and some fun and games.  Starting out the afternoon with a treasure hunt throughout the town of Gainesville and finishing with a barbecue and corn hole toss back at the office.  Lots of much-needed laughter and fellowship was enjoyed by all.  See them all in our photo gallery.


Amanda Wilkson Earns CPA Certification

Amanda Wilkson joined BatesCarter in 2013 after graduating with a BBA in accounting, summa cum laude from the University of North Georgia (UNG).  Amanda also earned a BS in Legal Studies and Conflict Resolution from Brenau University.

Congratulations Amanda!