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HPG Members Continue Community Leadership Roles in 2010

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 2, 2010) CPA Clayton Christian and Firm Partner J. Mark Livingston, both with Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (www.hpg.com), the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, have been re-elected as officers on the Triangle Benefits Forum (www.trianglebenefitsforum.com) leadership team.

Christian is serving his second term as chief operating officer of the forum. Livingston continues as treasurer, a position he has held since 2005.

“The dedication and commitment that Clayton and Mark bring are a great benefit to the forum,” says Steven B. Long, president of the Triangle Benefits Forum. “We will continue to rely heavily on their expertise to help execute our mission.”

The Triangle Benefits Forum is a network of employee benefits professionals, including accountants, benefits administrators, insurance professionals, attorneys and others who help employers provide employee benefits plans. The group meets monthly between September and June of each year. More information is available at www.trianglebenefitsforum.com.

In addition, the forum also elected Steven B. Long as president. He is an attorney with the tax and employee benefits group of Williams Mullen. Denise Prince was elected as vice president. She is a vice president of Institutional Services with BB&T. The past president for 2008-09 was Greg Morrison, senior vice president of BB&T Institutional Services division. Melissa H. Weaver, of the Law Office of Melissa H. Weaver, served as the vice president.

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 www.hpg.com of follow HPG on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HPGcpas.

About The Triangle Benefits Forum:

Founded in 1990, the Triangle Benefits Forum is a North Carolina professional group located in the Triangle. Outside speakers are often invited to present at the monthly meetings, including representatives from the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor and the North Carolina Department of Insurance. The forum consists of attorneys, accountants, bank trust officers, consultants, insurance professionals, paralegals, benefits administrators, and other employee benefits professionals. Visit www.trianglebenefitsforum.com.