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GeGeorge Garmendiaorge L. Garmendia, CPA
Position – George joined the firm in 1999 and became a partner in 2008.  He practices in the areas of accounting, auditing, taxation, and nonprofits. As partner he maintains steady contact with clients throughout the business year and has final authority on clients’ work under his responsibility.

Education and Certification – George received a bachelor degree in business administration with emphasis in accounting from Baptist College (now Charleston Southern University). He is also fluent in Spanish.

Experience – George has 30 years experience in private and public accounting, with extensive experience in construction and nonprofit areas. Areas of concentration are business accounting, taxation, and audits of nonprofit organizations.

Membership and Service – George is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. He is past treasurer of the Bishop England Triple B Club and past member of the Hibben United Church Finance Committee.


Heather Heather AydletteAydlette, CPA
Position – Heather joined the firm in 1999, and became a partner in 2009. She practices in the area of accounting, taxation, business consulting, and auditing. She maintains steady contact with clients throughout the business year, and has final authority on clients' work under her responsibility.

Education and Certification - Heather holds Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and completed her accounting studies at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.  

Experience – Heather has over 20 years of experience in both private industry and public accounting as a business advisor, accountant, and auditor to corporations, partnerships, proprietorships, and nonprofit organizations.  She specializes in small-business accounting and individual taxation.

Membership & Service – Heather is a member of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. She is a member of Christ Church in Mt. Pleasant where she serves as the Chair of the Christ Episcopal Day School.  She is a board member of the Charleston Research Institute and served as the past Treasurer at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center for a number of years.  She is also active at Coastal Christian Prep School as a board member of their Athletic Booster Club, and is a past Treasurer and committee member of East Cooper Ducks Unlimited.


James Ralph Swindal, III, CPA
Position - Ralph joined the firm in 2000 and became a Partner with the firm in 2008. He practices in the area of accounting, auditing, taxation, and business consulting. He maintains steady contact with clients throughout the business year, and has final authority on clients' work under his responsibility.

Education and Certification - Ralph holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Clemson University.   

Experience – Ralph has 20 years’ experience in both private industry and public accounting as a business advisor, accountant, and auditor to corporations, partnerships, proprietorships, governmental units, and nonprofit organizations.

Membership & Service – Ralph is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. He serves as a Board Member and Audit Chairman for local nonprofit organizations.


ThoTom Garbettmas E. Garbett , CPA 
Position - Tom is one of the original founders of the firm. He practices in the area of accounting, auditing, taxation, and business consulting. He maintains steady contact with clients throughout the business year, and has final authority on clients' work under his responsibility. 

Education and Certification - Tom holds an Associate Degree in Business Management from Palmer College and a Bachelor of Science from Baptist College (now Charleston Southern University).  

Experience - Tom has 40 years experience in both private industry and public accounting as a business advisor, accountant, and auditor to corporations, partnerships, proprietorships, governmental units, and nonprofit organizations. 

Membership & Service - Tom is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member of Hibben United Methodist Church and has held various positions in the church to include Chair of Administrative Board, Chair of Finance, and member of Pastor Parish Committee, Endowment Committee and Evangelism Committee.


John F. Hyland, CPA 
Position - John Hyland is one of the original founders of the firm. He practices in the area of accounting, auditing, taxation, and business consulting. He specializes in construction, healthcare, not for profits, and the personal service industries. As one of the senior partners he maintains steady contact with clients throughout the business year, and has final authority on clients' work under his responsibility. 

Education and Certification - John received an associate degree in business administration from Penn State University and a bachelor degree in business administration from the College of Charleston. He then received an MBA from the Citadel in 1989.   

Experience – John has 35 years’ experience as a business advisor, accountant, and auditor to corporations, partnerships, proprietorships, governmental units, and nonprofit organizations. 

Membership & Service – John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. He is past chairman of the Continuing Education Committee of the South Carolina Association of CPAs. He is past president of the Coastal Chapter of CPAs and past president of the Lowcountry Children's Center. He currently serves as Chair of Carolina Youth Development Center.


Staff Accountants

Olga Altman, CPA

Michael Binz, EA

Janice Clay

Deborah Conrad

George Deely, CPA

Ann Frampton, CPA

Michael Garbett, CPA

Kim Hellman, CPA

Amy Hill, CPA

Jesse Lockman

Lisa Swindall

Ingrid Torlay

Marianne Yackulak, EA



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