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About Us

About Our Firm

Since 1978, Hackney Ames & Company, PA has provided quality, personalized financial guidance to individuals and businesses. Our areas of expertise range from basic to complex tax management and accounting services, payroll and payroll tax services, providing financial statements and financial planning; to more in-depth services such as estate planning, and tax preparation for trusts and not-for-profit organizations.

Hackney Ames & Company, PA is one of the leading firms throughout the area. By combining our knowledge, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we can assure that every client receives the thorough analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of tax professionals, and our Team's outstanding work ethics are the reasons our clients return to us year after year.

Our Mission - Why, How and What places us above the rest


"Why" - It's our desire to make every client a successful business partner, and us their most trusted advisor.  We achieve this by investing our dedication and skills to encourage mutually rewarding, permanent relationships.


"How" - By empowering passionate team members who devote their time and knowledge to every project, ensuring all of our client business partners succeed.


"What" - We are a full-service firm who provides complete accounting, tax and advisory services to individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations.


Our Team

William A. Hackney, Jr., CPA - Partner/Managing Shareholder

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Bill graduated from DeSoto High School, then went on to the University of Florida. He received his CPA certificate in 1978 while working for Andersen Consulting. Shortly afterwards, he joined with Gene Doke and Ron Burns to form the firm of Doke Burns & Hackney CPAs, with offices in Wauchula and Arcadia. Since 2001, he has been the managing shareholder of Hackney Ames & Company, PA. Bill has also been involved in countless community projects, and became a member of Leadership Florida in 1999. He and his wife, Debbie, have two children, Sarah and Joshua. His areas of expertise include: Transfers and Mergers of Business Interests Hot Topics in Estate Planning Advanced Excel Report Development Ins and Outs of S Corporations

Andrew T. Ames, CPA, CFP ® - Partner/Shareholder

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Andy also graduated from DeSoto High School, and received his undergraduate accounting degree from Florida Southern in 1990. He completed his required post-baccalaureate accounting studies at the University of Central Florida and Florida Southern, and became a CPA in 1994. Andy and his wife, Pam, are Arcadia natives. They have two sons, Landon and Haydon. Recently, he has taken continuing education courses covering such subjects as: Employment and Retirement Tax Issues Critical Tax Issues for S Corporations and is also a QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

Matthew J. Reichel, CPA


Matt grew up in Aiken, South Carolina. He attended Clemson University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Financial Management. He then went on to obtain a Master's degree in Professional Accountancy. His college roommate was from Wauchula, and while visiting the roommate's family, he fell in love with Florida. For the last seven years, Matt continued to visit, and in the meantime (in South Carolina) met his future wife - who is coincidentally from Hardee County! They married, and moved to Wauchula from Charleston, SC, where Matt was working with the largest public accounting firm headquartered in the Southeast. Matt and his wife, Savanah, reside in Wauchula with their two daughters Reese and Palmer. They enjoy being active, take pleasure in the outdoors, and are both looking forward to getting more involved in their community and making many new friends.

Kelly M. Forbes, Administrator

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Kelly has been with Hackney Ames & Company, PA since October of 1998. She began as a Staff Accountant due to her experience in payroll and bookkeeping, and has since furthered her knowledge to encompass Payroll Taxes, QuickBooks accounting, Sales Tax, Individual tax preparation and the like. On January 1st, 2014, we promoted her to Administrator, where she has fit in very well. Kelly moved to Arcadia in the spring of 1990, after meeting her husband Brian, who is an Arcadia native. They married in 1997 and have enjoyed many adventures together and look forward to many more. They are always on the go, and looking for new locations to explore. Their three-year-old Border Collie-mix keeps them active, and they are hoping to adopt a puppy-friend for her this summer.

Luis A. Velasco, Senior Accountant

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Richard L. Hedges, Staff Accountant

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Richard grew up in Miami, Florida. Enlisted and served in the U.S. Army, from which he retired in May of 2016. He is now a Senior at Florida Gulf Coast University where he is working on a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. Relevant Coursework: Accounting I (Financial), Accounting II (Managerial), Intermediate Accounting, Personal Financial Planning. Richard and his wife, Mariah, returned to Florida upon retiring from the Army so their children may grow up in Florida. Certifications: QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Payroll, and Notary Public RLTW!!!

Linda F. McMillan, Staff Accountant


Geneva K. Willis, Administrative Assistant

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Geneva joined our staff in September of 1990 as the Administrative Assistant of the Arcadia office. She attended South Florida State College for career-related classes such as Accounting I and II, Business Finance, and took QuickBooks and Excel classes. She completed a Dale Carnegie Training Program Course for Effective Communications, which she enjoys implementing in her daily work routine. She and her husband, Fred, have been married since 1970, and they are both graduates of DeSoto High School, which is where they met. They are the proud parents of two wonderful daughters, and from them have one granddaughter and two grandsons. She is extremely family oriented, and enjoys spending time with all of them above anything else; but also loves fishing, cooking and the outdoors.

Colleen J. Timmons, Office Manager Wauchula


Colleen started with our firm in January of 2012 as the Office Manager of our Wauchula location. She loves visiting and working with clients, and goes out of her way to help them. She loved learning the QuickBooks program, and has completed a course at South Florida State College for it. Colleen and her husband, Ed moved to Wauchula in 2001, and continue to reside there with their two dogs, Teddy Bear the Cocker Spaniel and Buffy the Springer Mix. She enjoys shopping, going to the beach, and visiting with friends.

Burgundy C. Omar, Receptionist

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