Bio

Bio

Crystal Sexton is our Office Manager, Bookkeeper and Marketing Assistant at Ross Hughes & Associates, CPAs, PLLC. Crystal has handed all the administrative functions in the firm since 2005.
 
Crystal's work with our clients is expanding and includes experience with various professions and industries, such as dentists, veterinarians, small business owners and farmers. Her work keeping the books and records for clients' businesses including preparing financial statements allows clients to save their time for things they enjoy doing, like working "on" their business instead of working "in" their business.
 
Crystal is also transitioning into tax return preparation tasks while advancing her training in tax rules and regulations to prepare her to handle more complex tax returns. 
 
Crystal understands the needs of our firm and our firm's clients and can find innovative solutions to meet and exceed the expectations placed upon her. Her organizational skills, tenacity and interpersonal skills make her a valuable asset to both our firm and our clients.
 
Crystal has a very busy home life. As a mother of two sons, Mason and Garrett, with a third child due in May, and a detective husband, Steven, she enjoys every minute spent with her family when away from the office.  Trips to the zoo, beach, parks and woods are a must in the Sexton household.

Professional Background

Background

Crystal joined Ross Hughes & Associates, CPAs, PLLC when Brent Ross & Associates, CPAs, LLC, merged with Hughes and Warner, CPAs PA. where she is continuing her career.  She manages the firm's accounts payable and accounts receivable as well as for several of the firm's clients. She provides assistance in the tax and bookkeeping areas and helps coordinate and assist with the firm's marketing programs. She is also responsible for compiling and editing articles for the company's newsletter and various other marketing materials.

Prior to working with Ross Hughes, Crystal worked with Meeks, Ross, Selander & Associates, CPAs, LLC as an executive assistant and bookkeeper. She had a multitude of responsibilities.
 
Crystal earned her Bachelor Degree in Business Management from the University of North Florida. While attending the university, she was employed as an Administrative Assistant with Ferrie's Decorative Concrete, Inc., where she became experienced with accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, customer relations and a wide range of other office responsibilities. The real world experience with Ferrie's helps her identify opportunities for assisting clients with their financial reporting and record keeping requirements. Crystal has a keen ability to break processes down into identifiable steps and document them so they can be repeated by others with minimum training and experience. Crystal has had experience and knowledge with a majority of the administrative functions within the office and  the patience and ability to cross train others.

Before attending the University of North Florida, Crystal earned her Associate of Arts Degree in General Business from Lake Sumter Community College. During this time, she was employed in both the retail and restaurant industry and found time to volunteer at the Lake County Courthouse, in the Human Resources and transportation departments, creating spreadsheets and new databases. Crystal later interned at the Community Services Annex of Lake County where she converted files, updated their HAPPY program and conducted surveys.

Accreditations, Affiliations & Education

Accreditations

Credentials
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
 
Affiliations
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners - Jacksonville Chapter
Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers
 
Education
Bachelors of Business Administration in Business Management (Magna Cum Laude) - University of North Florida
AA in General Business - Lake Sumter Community College (Summa Cum Laude)
Tavares High School (Summa Cum Laude) - Tavares, Florida

How to contact Crystal

Contact Crystal

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Crystal appreciates the opportunity to serve you. Think of us as part of your team,.we do.