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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/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. 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 and the Ins and Outs of S Corporations

Andrew T. Ames, CPA, CFP ® - Partner/Managing 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. He became Managing Partner in 2018. 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

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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 over 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 three children; Reese, Palmer Grace and Tripp. They enjoy being active, take pleasure in the outdoors and love spending time with family and friends while remembering that life is not all about the numbers.

Kelly M. Forbes, Administrator

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Kelly has been with Hackney Ames & Company, PA since October of 1998. She started as a Staff Accountant thanks 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. In 2014, she was promoted to Administrator of the firm. 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.

Luis A. Velasco, Enrolled Agent/Senior Accountant

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Jeffrey C. Miller, Senior Accountant

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Jeff grew up in Atlanta, GA. He attended Auburn University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance. He later attended Mercer University earning a master’s degree in Accounting. In 2007, he married his wife, Anne (Jones), a Wauchula native. They have two boys, ages 6 and 8. In 2017, they decided to move from Atlanta to Wauchula for the small-town atmosphere and to be closer to family. In their spare time, Jeff and his family enjoy camping, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

Linda F. McMillan, Staff Accountant

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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

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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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Burgundy was born in Nebraska and moved to Florida with her mom and sister at the age of eight. She met her husband, Eric, at DeSoto High School where they both attended. They married soon after graduation and have two wonderful sons; Eric Jr. and Logan. Burgundy started with our firm in January of 2017 and has plans to further her degree by attending South Florida State College. Her main interest is her family, but she also loves horses, the outdoors and exploring new places.