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HPG Sponsoring Clean Technology Forum

Industries: Cleantech

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 22, 2011) – Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (, the first accounting firm to be certified Green Plus by the Institute for Sustainable Development, is sponsoring the March 1, 2011 CleanLinks Forum at the American Underground in Durham, North Carolina.

CleanLinks is a partnership between SJF Institute ( and CED ( that offers education and practical business advice to cleantech entrepreneurs through moderated discussions, expert panels and first-person stories.

Titled “Scaling Up in Clean Tech,” the forum will feature a guest panel discussion on the challenges faced when taking a novel idea through prototyping to creating a viable company. Rick Bain, director of business development for Cree, Inc. will moderate the panel, featuring guest speakers:

Mark Munday, president & CEO, Elster Solutions North America
Michael Shore, founder, president and CEO, FLS Energy
Wayne Flournoy, founder and president, Entex Technologies

“Engaging in initiatives such as the CleanLinks Forum builds upon the culture of sustainability that HPG team members have so diligently incorporated into their work life,” says Tim Naylor, HPG partner. “We are proud to support CED and the SJF Institute.”

Lauren Joyce, audit manager and leader of HPG’s Clean-Tech Client Team, has been instrumental in launching multiple initiatives to integrate sustainability into the firm’s culture. These include:

In 2010, the firm was the first accounting firm to be certified Green Plus by the Institute for Sustainable Development (, a nonprofit organization that strives to educate, motivate and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts toward greater sustainability.

Registration for the CleanLinks Forum is open online at until 5 p.m. on February 28, 2011. Guests can also register at the event.

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