American Business Women's Day celebrates the accomplishments and valuable contributions of women entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals and acknowledges the significant progress each has made across various industries. Today, we highlight our female partners - the fearless four - and their profound impact on our firm.
Abbey Redden, Tax Partner
Abbey Redden has over 30 years of experience in public and corporate accounting. After working in China as a tax consultant, Abbey joined Berman Hopkins in 2009 and became a Tax Partner in 2014. Before her time in China, she was a Tax Partner with a CPA firm in Jacksonville, Florida. She is also a Certified Financial Planner.
Abbey has focused on tax consulting and compliance needs for closely held businesses, high-wealth individuals, and estates & trusts. Her readiness to confront difficult situations, ask challenging questions, consider long-term implications, and make tough decisions has led to tangible, measurable, and impactful results for the firm.
Abbey strives to be a trusted business adviser to her clients by efficiently utilizing a multi-faceted approach, integrating corporate accounting, auditing, and tax management to develop a value-added strategic plan. By building long-lasting relationships at a personal and professional level, she undoubtedly knows each of her client's expectations and exceeds those commitments.
Agnes Gregory, Tax Partner
Since joining Berman Hopkins in 2021 as a Tax Partner, Agnes Gregory has rapidly established herself as an asset to the firm and made significant contributions to the profession and her community. Before Berman Hopkins, Agnes was the CFO of a manufacturing company where she was involved in various aspects of the business, including human resources, IT, finance, and operations. With 20 years of experience in public accounting, she brings a unique perspective to the firm and approaches work with a collaborative mindset to promptly deliver tangible, measurable, and impactful results. She continuously challenges herself to become a better all-around professional and demonstrates herself as a dynamic leader fueled by an unwavering drive to succeed.
Agnes’ achievements at Berman Hopkins are a testament to her exceptional abilities, expertise, and skills. Her innate aptitude for understanding and effectively communicating complex financial information has resulted in successful engagements for the firm. Her track record of performance spans numerous industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, professional services, and construction, and advises high-net-worth individuals. She has consulted on due diligence projects related to business acquisitions and succession planning, including transaction structuring, tax gain calculations, and operating agreements.
Her team-oriented approach, genuine willingness to help her team, and unique ability to inspire have undoubtedly made her a leader within the firm and accounting profession. She invests her time mentoring interns, associate staff, and staff accountants within the tax department.
Carla McRae, Business Advisory Partner
As the Business Advisory Partner, Carla McRae has demonstrated exceptional commitment, competence, and leadership. Her unique business perspective and exemplary work ethic have been instrumental to the firm's growth and success.
Carla has 18 years of extensive, action-oriented experience, including a combination of public accounting, finance, and chief executive leadership. She launched her distinguished career at Berman Hopkins before spending several years in the private sector, leading multi-million-dollar expansions and successful sales of organizations. In 2020, she returned to Berman Hopkins and took control of the Business Advisory department. Within two years, from the ground up, she has developed it into a multi-million-dollar department. She accomplished this by executing a multi-faceted strategic plan and business model that concentrated on expanding services, boosting client engagement, and developing the team. Under her guidance, it has become one of the firm's most respected and successful departments.
Her effective leadership, collaborative management style, and proactive approach empower her senior management team and staff members to deliver tangible, measurable, and impactful results. This has undoubtedly led to higher employee retention, revenue, and client satisfaction.
Laura Anne Pray, Audit Partner
Laura Anne Pray has over 18 years of extensive experience in accounting, auditing, and tax related to public housing authorities, their component units, and affiliated entities. Laura Anne launched her career as an associate staff auditor with Berman Hopkins. Her unique perspective and intrinsic belief in the Berman Hopkins mission, vision, and core values led to her promotion to Audit Partner in 2018.
She oversees our housing authority and not-for-profit audits and is a highly trusted business adviser to her clients. She helps clients navigate the many uncertainties they face while developing a value-added strategic plan. Her expertise in this industry has resulted in a significant increase in revenue for the firm.
She takes time to mentor and invest in her team's personal and professional growth. She enthusiastically encourages them to exercise their curiosity, ask questions, devote time to workplace learning, and extend themselves beyond their comfort level to accomplish significant goals. This commitment fosters a positive, collaborative work environment, which has resulted in higher employee retention and job satisfaction within her department.