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Wachovia VP Takes New Position

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 23, 2010)  Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (, the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, announces the addition of John Schiappa to the firm’s management team.

Schiappa joins HPG after serving as vice president of business banking at Wachovia Bank, N.A. His 20-year career in finance, with 15 years in commercial lending, includes notable banking institutions USTrust/Citizens Bank and BB&T.

“John’s experience managing loan portfolios for medium-to-large operating companies, including multi-state and international private and public entities, will play an important role in helping our clients meet their business goals,” says Tim Gupton, HPG partner and executive committee member. “We are excited to welcome him into the HPG family.”

In addition to providing a deeper understanding of commercial lending practices, Schiappa will help secure new clients for the firm and expand HPG’s footprint across North Carolina. During his career, Schiappa has developed several strategies for maintaining and deepening client relationships. He will use this expertise to grow HPG in the coming years.

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