Heather Hughes is a Certified Public Accountant and a member manager of Ross Hughes & Associates, CPAs, PLLC. She brings over 15 years of public accounting experience to the firm. Having run businesses herself, Heather relates well to clients who own businesses, particularly physicians, dentists, veterinarians and other professionals. She helps business owners solve problems and improve their lives by drawing upon her personal and professional experience.
Heather leads the firms bookkeeping practice and is always looking for opportunities to advise clients about improving their processes and procedures related to managing their accounting records. She truly is an uncommon accounting advisor as she is always putting the clients needs first.
Heather and her husband serve at Arlington Baptist Church where they have ministered to the youth for almost ten years. Heather has served on the stewardship committee of her church, is the current treasurer of the Southside Professional Center Condominium Association and serves on the Board of All Things New, an orphanage in Haiti.
When she is not at work, Heather likes spending time with her husband, Trevor, and their young children, their son Cutter and their daughter Camryn. Whether it’s going to Disney World, playing at the beach, watching Jaguar and Florida Gator football or participating in their church’s youth ministry, they just like being together.
In January of 2014 Heather and Brent Ross (Brent Ross and Associates, CPAs, LLC) merged their accounting practices to form Ross Hughes & Associates, CPAs, PLLC.
Heather purchased Graham Warner's CPA practice in 2010 after having worked for Graham since 2001. She continued building the practice and hone her skills working with small businesses for the next three years. While working for Graham Warner, she earned her Master Degree from the University of North Florida and passed the CPA exam.
Heather became interested in accounting after taking a bookkeeping class in the 10th grade. She was introduced to small business early in her life while working for a local hardware store during high school and college helping in the back-office and assisted with month-end and year-end accounting procedures. She initiated a computerized accounting process for the business.
After obtaining her Bachelors Degree in Accounting she knew she want to work with business and help entrepreneurs maintain great accounting records, while guiding them with forward thinking tax planning, tax return preparation and advising them concerning major business decisions.
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