Leadership Team

Our family-owned business is comprised of a leadership team that understands the unique needs of our diverse audience.  We serve start-ups, small to medium-sized businesses, women-owned businesses, individuals, high net worth families, millennials and more!

Valerie McLaughlin, EA

Founder & CEO

Valerie Bennett McLaughlin is an Enrolled Agent admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. After working for several years with a private firm, Valerie was told that no further advancement opportunities within the company were available for women. As a result, in 1980 she began her practice at the age of 24.

Valerie has much to show for her work as a tax consultant, including:

  • Certified Business Profit Consultant
  • Nomination for Business Person of the Year
  • Member of National Society of Tax Problem Solvers
  • Member of Maryland Society of Accountants
  • National Association of Enrolled Agents

She also has had the pleasure of serving on many outside committees including:

  • Bowie City Council
  • City of Bowie Economic Development Committee
  • Treasurer for YMCA Camp Letts in Annapolis
  • Anne Arundel Community College Business Advisory Board.

In her free time, she enjoys motorcycling and lives with her husband, Clyde McLaughlin, in Severna Park, MD.

 

 

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Christy Bennett, CPA

Vice President

Christy Bennett is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Salisbury State University and received her Financial Accounting Degree from Anne Arundel Community College.

Christy brought her expertise and knowledge of accounting to the firm in 2007. She is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the National Association of Tax Preparers and the Maryland Society of Accounting & Tax Professionals.

Christy was nominated as one of the annual Women to Watch in 2017 by the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and also recognized as an Emerging Leader in 2018.  She also services as the Charity Chairperson for Thrive! Arundel where she leads the charitable initiatives of the group including working with:

  • The Lighthouse Homeless Prevention Shelter
  • The AA SPCA
  • The Wellness House of Annapolis
  • Fish For A Cure & More!

Christy enjoys volleyball and lives in Annapolis, MD.

 

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