The Team

We're a team of sales & use tax geeks who have been in this industry for a long time. We’ve come together because we enjoy solving sales & use tax challenges. We have a great track record of success and a long list of happy clients.
LAUREN STINSON, CMI
National Leader, Sales & Use Tax
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LAUREN STINSON, CMI
National Leader, Sales & Use Tax

Lauren is National Leader of Sales & Use Tax at Cherry Bekaert. She oversees the entire Sales & Use Tax team.  She has more than 25 years of experience working with companies to manage their sales and use tax processes. Lauren specializes in helping manufacturers navigate the complicated world of state sales and use tax laws and regulations.  She is skilled at finding, analyzing and correcting a manufacturer's overpaid sales or use taxes.  She has trained thousands of employees to understand and manage sales and use tax procedures. Prior to joining Cherry Bekaert, Lauren was owner and president of Windward Tax.Lauren is a certified member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (CMI). She regularly speaks at sales tax seminars and manufacturing conferences, and she has published sales tax articles in national publications including INC. magazine.

ARLENE LABRADOR
Client Relationship Manager
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ARLENE LABRADOR
Client Relationship Manager

Arlene is the Client Relationship Manager for Sales & Use Tax at Cherry Bekaert.  She works primarily with manufacturers to provide the best sales & use tax services that save tax dollars and reduce tax exposure.  Once a manufacturer becomes a client of Cherry Bekaert, Arlene works closely with the sales & use tax team to ensure the needs of the client are addressed and goals are met. Arlene has more than 20 years of experience building relationships with company leaders from a variety of industries.

CHRIS SHAW, CMI
Manager, Sales & Use Tax
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CHRIS SHAW, CMI
Manager, Sales & Use Tax

As Manager of Sales & Use Tax at Cherry Bekaert, Chris oversees a team of tax consultants and supervises sales and use projects for a variety of clients.  Chris has worked for more than 17 years in the sales and use tax field. His areas of expertise are audit defense, process improvements/compliance and overpayment reviews.  Chris is a certified member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (CMI).

CRYSTAL WOOD, CMI
Manager, Sales & Use Tax
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CRYSTAL WOOD, CMI
Manager, Sales & Use Tax

Crystal is Manager of Sales & Use Tax at Cherry Bekaert.  She has more than ten years of sales and use tax experience, including working for the South Carolina Auditor’s Office before becoming a sales tax consultant for manufacturers.  Crystal now manages a team of sales tax professionals to complete overpayment reviews, training and other sales tax services for manufacturers throughout the U.S. Crystal is a certified member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (CMI).

BRAD ELLIOTT
Staff Accountant
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BRAD ELLIOTT
Staff Accountant

Brad works with a variety of manufacturers to analyze data and identify issues that lead to sales and use tax problems.  He also assists with developing recommendations that allow companies to more easily take advantage of sales and use tax exemptions and rate reductions.

JULIE KING
Refund Coordinator
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JULIE KING
Refund Coordinator

Julie is responsible for managing all the paperwork filed on behalf of our clients.  She works as a liaison between the vendors, the Department of Revenue, our sales & use tax consultants, and our clients.   Having Julie dedicated to the continuous effort of refund collection ensures that our clients obtain their refunds in a timely manner and are kept informed all along the way.

TIFFANY RODI
Specialist
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TIFFANY RODI
Specialist

As the lead on our Amazon FBA and eCommerce team, Tiffany works directly with clients to make sure state sales tax registrations for Amazon FBA sellers are completed in a timely and efficient manner. Tiffany assists these eCommerce clients through the entire registration process and she provides consultations to help guide clients with understanding their sales tax obligations.

TAYLOR ATWOOD, CMI
State Tax Advisor
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TAYLOR ATWOOD, CMI
State Tax Advisor

Taylor serves as a sales tax advisor for Cherry Bekaert. She has more than 10 years of experience working on sales and use tax issues.  She is an expert at analyzing sales and use tax law to efficiently manage sales and use tax overpayment reviews. She also focuses on exemption certificate management, audit defense, nexus reviews, drafting letter rulings, development of tax matrices, performing tax due diligence, negotiating voluntary disclosure agreements and reviewing sales and use tax processes. Taylor is a certified member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (CMI).

CATHIE STANTON, CPA
Partner, Tax Services
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CATHIE STANTON, CPA
Partner, Tax Services
As Cherry Bekaert’s National Leader of State and Local Tax (SALT) Services, and a Tax Partner based in the Firm’s Washington, D.C., practice, Cathie serves as a trusted multistate advisor. She has worked extensively with publicly traded corporations as well as privately owned companies across a variety of industries. With more than 30 years of experience, Cathie delivers high-level technical expertise to resolve complex SALT issues for clients Firmwide. 
WILLIAM POAD
Director, Tax Services
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WILLIAM POAD
Director, Tax Services
As Cherry Bekaert’s Director of Indirect Tax, Bill assists companies with multistate operations to navigate the ever-changing indirect tax regulatory environment. Bill is a specialist in multistate indirect taxation.  As a former state auditor, Bill has keen insight into how State revenue departments operate and he knows the best ways to work with these departments to achieve our client's goals. Bill helps clients with planning, compliance, structuring and protest proceedings. Clients depend on Bill’s experience as a Certified Public Accountant to guide them through the collection, remittance compliance, nexus and reporting issues associated with sales and use taxation.
KATHLEEN HOLSTON, CPA, CMI
Director, Tax Services
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KATHLEEN HOLSTON, CPA, CMI
Director, Tax Services
As a Director of Tax Services based in the Firm’s Charlotte practice, Kathleen is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 25 years of experience in all areas of state and local taxation. She is a multistate tax expert and works with manufacturers to navigate the complex sales and use tax regulations that are different in each state.  If you are a manufacturer with a centralized accounting system and operations in several states, Kathleen will organize your sales and use tax processes to help you take advantage of all applicable sales tax incentives. Kathleen is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as well as a certified member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (CMI). 
TERRISHA PULTE, CMI
Manager, Specialty Tax
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TERRISHA PULTE, CMI
Manager, Specialty Tax
Terrisha is a Manager of Specialty Tax at Cherry Bekaert and focuses on helping companies with their sales and local tax (SALT) needs.  She works on all stages of audit defense, reverse audits and tax compliance.  Terrisha is great at analyzing data to identify red flags, then developing tax matrices to maximize tax savings.  Terrisha also manages refund claims, identifies overpayment issues, maps out taxability and conducts training. Terrisha is a certified member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation. 
TRISH KILGORE
Senior Administrative Assistant
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TRISH KILGORE
Senior Administrative Assistant

Trish is the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Sales & Use Tax team at Cherry Bekaert. She is responsible for all administrative aspects of the team and she manages the daily operations of the Cherry Bekaert Alpharetta, GA office. 

 

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125
Years of Experience
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countless
Tax Dollars Saved
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400+
Happy Clients
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over 1500
People Trained
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