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HPG Partners Attend National Accounting Retreat

Industries: Technology

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 21, 2010) Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (, the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, announced today that three members of the firm’s Executive Committee, Tim Gupton, J. Mark Livingston and Kent Pittman, served as delegates to the Leading Partners Retreat of CPAmerica International. The event was held in Scottsdale, Arizona from September 22-24, 2010.

Leading CPAs from firms across the nation connected to discuss practice management, firm growth and profitability, strategic planning, negotiation strategies and emerging technologies.

“We enjoyed the opportunity to meet with industry leaders from across the country and discuss the latest trends in the accounting field,” says Livingston. “I gained information from these conversations that will be valuable in serving our client base.”

Gupton joined HPG in 1992 and serves as practice leader for the firm’s Life Science and Sarbanes Oxley services. He has more than 37 years of public accounting experience. Livingston, a 27-year public accounting veteran, concentrates on employee benefit plan audits and works with the firm in the medical technologies, manufacturing and distribution industries. Pittman has more than 32 years experience and focuses on management support and tax planning within the real estate and healthcare industries.

Featured speakers at the three-day conference included motivational speaker Sue Hershkowitz-Coore, as well as well-known consultants to CPA firms Gale Crosley, CPA, of Crosley & Company; Marc Rosenberg, CPA of The Rosenberg Associates; Steve Erickson of Steve Erickson LLC and CPAmerica technology consultant Randy Johnston of Network Management Group, Inc.

Founded in 1978, CPAmerica International is one of the nation’s largest associations of independent accounting firms. Members share industry-specific knowledge, training programs, practice management techniques and various additional services. More information is available at

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 linesm 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 Crowe Horwath International 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. Additionally, HPG has been certified Green Plus by the Institute for Sustainable Development for integrating environmental sustainability efforts into company culture, and has been named one of the top 100 Best Accounting Firms to Work For in the country by Accounting Today. Visit or follow HPG on Twitter at