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HPG Sponsoring CED Companies to Watch Awards Program

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 3, 2010) Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (, the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, is sponsoring the North Carolina Companies to Watch Awards Program. Presented by CED, the awards honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace, exhibit innovative products or processes, or contribute significantly in the community.

“These companies play an integral role in the growth of the North Carolina economy,” says Brooks Malone, HPG partner and CED board member since 2004. “We are proud to support this program and honor these companies.”

Second-stage companies are leading the way in North Carolina job growth. From 2005 to 2007, North Carolina has averaged more than 47,000 second-stage businesses, which have employed more than one million workers, according to

The application deadline for the North Carolina Companies to Watch is May 14, 2010. Eligibility criteria are available at The awards ceremony is being held September 23, 2010, at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. Event information is available at

HPG’s sponsorship expands on a long history of active CED involvement including sponsorships and committee participation. Highlights include HPG partner Tim Gupton being the former chairperson of the CED board of directors and co-founder of the FastTrac Tech program, as well as both Gupton and Malone being recipients of the Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs Award.

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