Accounting Advisory Council

What is the Business & Accountancy Advisory Council?
The Business & Accountancy Advisory Council is a dedicated group of professionals who advise the LaGrange College Departments of Business & Accountancy in the Departments' constant quest for improvement.  In the past, the Council has advised the Departments on employers' perceptions of the curriculum and of our graduates as well as suggested program improvements.  Because the Council is made up of managers, employers as well as seasoned graduates, the Council is in a perfect position to offer the Departments a "front lines" perspective and help the Departments shape the next generation of business leaders.  

Who is on the Business & Accountancy Advisory Council?
Members of the Business & Accountancy Advisory Council include:

Stewart Carlin, CPA
Stewart Carlin is the owner of Accounting Consultants of Cobb, LLC, a firm with a primary focus in dealing with manufacturing and distribution companies.  Stewart is also the President of the Georgia Society of CPAs for 2008-2009.  The Georgia Society of CPAs represents over 11,000 CPAs in the state.  Stewart earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Management/Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Masters in Tax and Accounting from Stetson University.

John Carpentier, CPA
John Carpentier is Managing Partner of the trucking practice and primary Tax Partner to business clients and high net worth individual clients at Tarpley & Underwood, PC in Atlanta, GA.  Prior to joining Tarpley & Underwood in 1991 and becoming a partner in 1993, John worked for KPMG Peat Marwick. John earned his B.B.A. from Texas Christian University.  John is the current chairman of the LaGrange College Business & Accountancy Advisory Council.

Blair Curtis
Blair Curtis is currently Senior Vice President and Secretary of Yancey Bros. Co. in Atlanta, GA.  He was the former Vice President of Finance and Secretary of Rhodes Furniture.  He has been active in the Financial Executives Institute and the Association for Corporate Growth. Blair earned a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Graceland University and an M.B.A. from Emory University.

Barbara Evans, CPA
Barbara Evans is the Chief Financial Officer of Thomas Concrete of Georgia, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.  As CFO, Barbara created and implemented a successful financial plan, which has projected a profitable future direction for the business.   Barbara has been providing continuous leadership in the professional fields of finance, accounting, and business for more than 33 years.  She holds a B.B.A. from Marshall University and an M.B.A. from
Walden University.

Sharon Heck, CPA
Sharon Heck is Vice President of Tax for Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Omaha, Nebraska.  Sharon was formerly a Tax Partner with Ernst & Young LLP in Chicago.   She has over 17 years of diverse tax experience. Her education includes a B.S. in Accounting from Troy State University and a M.Tx. from Georgia State University.

Jeff Koebler
Jeff Koebler is the managing partner of Seek Capital Partners, LLC, a boutique private placement and advisory firm.  Koebler was previously at Merrill Lynch in the Private Banking & Investment Group.  He graduated LaGrange College with a B.B.A. in Economics and Accounting, and earned his M.B.A. [Dean's Honors] in Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  He serves on the Leadership Council of LaGrange College, the Board of Directors of the University of Chicago Alumni Club, and is a Chicago Society member and Phoenix Society member of the University of Chicago.

Larry Love, CPA
Larry Love is a 2006 LaGrange College graduate with a B.S. in Accountancy.  Larry is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the University of West Florida while working for one of Northwest Florida's most prestigious public accounting firms, O'Sullivan Creel, LLP.  He began his accounting career at the public accounting firm, Tarpley & Underwood, PC.  As a student at LaGrange College, Larry served as President of the Student Government Association.

Bobby Lumpkin
Bobby Lumpkin is Managing Partner of Capital Investment Services in LaGrange, GA.  He is a former Financial Planner with Ellis and Ellis Investments and a former Plant Manager of Guardian Automotive in LaGrange.  Bobby is the incoming president of the Business and Accountancy Advisory Council.  Bobby's education includes a B.A. and an M.B.A. from LaGrange College.
Tim Schippmann
Tim Schippmann is currently the Director of Sales for Latin America and the Southeast U.S. in the Network Security Division of Secure Computing in Atlanta, GA.  Tim was a former Regional Sales Manager in the Messaging Security Division.  He travels extensively and has held positions worldwide. Tim earned a B.A. from LaGrange College and a Masters in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

Kenneth Smith, CPA
Kenneth Smith is a partner with Boatwright Certified Public Accountants in LaGrange, GA.  Ken has a total of 22 years accounting experience.  Prior to joining Boatwright, he spent 15 years with Ernst & Young rising to the position of Tax Partner. Ken earned a B.A. in Economics and a Master of Accountancy with a specialization in Tax from the University of Georgia.