CPAs

The Team: Our Firm | Our Staff


Gerald N. Herring, Jr., CPA
Founding Partner Emeritus

Mr. Gerald Herring (Jake) became a CPA in 1949. He established the firm in 1950, providing tax services for individual, estate, trust, and partnershipship clients.  His experience covers every type of accounting situation for businesses, individuals, and farmers.

Mr. Herring graduated from the University of Georgia in 1947 with a BBA in Accounting, after serving 3 years in the U.S. Air Force.  He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs.

Mr. Herring has been a member of Tifton Rotary Club for over 60 years, holding various offices during most of that time.  He is a past member of the ABAC Foundation Board of Directors, and served for a number of years as finance chair for First United Methodist Church. He was an instructor for the first continuing professional education class for CPAs ever offered in Tifton.


James H. Herring, CPA

James Herring is managing partner and has been with the firm since 1981. His tax planning and preparation services extend to individual, business, estate, gift, trust, and nonprofit tax returns. He offers a variety of additional services to small businesses, including audits, financial reporting, and financial analysis. James also has extensive experience in auditing, and consulting for local governments and nonprofits.James is a graduate of the University of Georgia, with a BBA in Accounting (1981) and a Master of Accountancy (1983). He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs.

James is treasurer and past president of Tifton Rotary Club. He is past president and currently serves on the board of Hospice of Tiftarea. He is treasurer for the Tiftarea Academy board of directors, and volunteers with the Boy Scouts. He has served as finance chair for First United Methodist Church.


Charles W. Powell, III, CPA

Charles Powell joined the firm in 1971 and became a CPA and a partner in 1974.  He provides consulting, tax and estate planning services to a broad client base, including small businesses, farmers, and individuals.  He specializes in debt restructuring and business reorganization, and assists clients in all aspects of negotiation, buy-outs, and refinancing.Charles graduated from Valdosta State College with a BBA in Accounting in 1971.  He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs.

Charles is a member of Tifton Rotary Club, where he served as treasurer for 25 years.  He has been instrumental in attracting industry to the Tiftarea in his roles as past president and treasurer of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce. He is a past member of Tifton Sertoma Club and Tifton Jaycees.


Tony Quinney, CPA

Tony Quinney has been a partner with the firm since the late 1980’s and provides a broad range of accounting services. Tony’s extensive knowledge in tax-related matters covers the agricultural, retail, professional, and construction industries. He also has experience in estate and gift tax planning. He has provided assistance to clients in business management, loan packages, budgeting, and financial planning. For many years Tony has been involved in government and nonprofit auditing and consulting.Tony has been a CPA since 1970 and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs.

Tony serves on the board and is past treasurer of Tifton Sertoma Club. He also serves as a board member and treasurer of Tiftarea Sportsman Club.


Jane L. Gray, CPA

Jane Gray became a member of the firm in 1989 and has been a partner since 1995. She provides tax planning and tax preparation services to individual and business clients. In addition, she provides services in financial planning and estate planning.Jane graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1976 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She has been a CPA since 1993, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs.

Jane is a member of Tifton Rotary Club and its board of directors. She also has served as finance chair for First United Methodist Church.


Brandon N. Montgomery, CPA, CSEP

Brandon joined the practice in 2007 and became a partner in 2012. He is a graduate of Georgia Southwestern State Universtiy (1998) and has more than 14 years of accounting experience. Brandon is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs.  His specialties are audits of local governments and tax services for individuals, closely held businesses, and estates.


David L. Deariso, CPA

David Deariso is a partner with the firm, joining in 1979. He has over 40 years of experience in public accounting, with a focus on automobile dealerships and the fast food industry. He offers various tax and consulting services to individuals, small businesses, and professional offices.

David graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1971 with a BBA in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs.

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