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HPG Director Earns Elite Certification

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 12, 2010)   Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (, the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, announces today that Shannon Cook has earned her certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the HR Certification Institute.

The certification process includes passing a comprehensive exam, as well as the mastery of both theoretical knowledge and practical field experience. With more than 10 years of HR experience, Cook serves as the director of human resources for the accounting firm with more than 80 employees.

“Certification as a human resource professional clearly demonstrates a commitment to personal excellence and to the human resource profession,” says Mary Power, CAE, executive director of the HR Certification Institute.

The HR Certification Institute is the credentialing body for human resource professionals and is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to the human resource profession.

“We are proud of Shannon’s continued success and professional development,” says Kent Pittman, HPG partner and executive committee member. “Her potential is limitless and she is an invaluable resource to the HPG team.”

About Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (HPG):

HPG is the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, as ranked by the Triangle Business Journal. More than just an accounting firm, HPG assists clients in looking beyond the bottom line by being the right people, right value and right firm to achieve each client’s definition of success. HPG is a member of CPAmerica International and affiliated with the Horwath alliances of firms, with offices worldwide. The firm leverages this to provide national and global accounting resources to its clients. HPG offers a wide array of business accounting, auditing, corporate tax and management advisory services. Specialties include serving owner-managed, investor-backed technology and life science organizations, healthcare services, real estate development, manufacturing and distribution businesses, as well as providing ERISA audits, family wealthcare services and Sarbanes-Oxley internal audit services.

HPG has remained committed to advancing a thriving Triangle community since its founding in 1983. In recognition, the firm is the recipient of two Pinnacle Business Awards by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; the 2009 Large Entrepreneurial Business Award and the 2010 Integrity in Business Award. Several HPG partners are also the recipients of excellence awards, including the CED Outstanding Service and Entrepreneurial awards, Business Leader Magazine’s Impact Financial Leader and Dealmaker recognitions, and the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Women in Business awards. Visit of follow HPG on Twitter at