About the Firm
Counting Pennies had its beginnings in a small apartment complex in the southern US.
We began by advertising on flyers shoved beneath windshield wipers and in doors, offering promotions
to residents in nearby apartment complexes. From those humble beginnings, we have expanded to a firm that provides services for both individuals and businesses throughout the country.
Despite our growth, we preserve our primary mandate of personal interaction with our customers. The success of this outlook is displayed by the number of customers who have remained with us since our inception. Those who start with us, stay with us. Our success is strengthened by our concentration on the two watchwords of our business that set us apart from other accounting firms: character and economy.
Randy Hughes, EA
Randy is the Founder and Owner of Counting Pennies LLC, a boutique private accounting firm that provides business advisory, bookkeeping, tax resolution, and tax planning services. Its clients range from individuals and entrepreneurs to small businesses poised for growth. As an enrolled agent, Randy is a federally licensed tax practitioner with unlimited rights to practice and represent taxpayers before the IRS. In addition, he is a certified public accountant (CPA) candidate and expects to receive his license in November 2020.
Randy was a standout protégé in the Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) business program at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Later, he graduated from Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Accounting in December 2000. Randy has also served in financial leadership roles in the hospitality industry as a controller, in both centralized and decentralized accounting settings. In 2009, he left the corporate world to devote his efforts to growing Counting Pennies, LLC into a full-service accounting firm and to give back through volunteer work for his community. He is fluent in American Sign Language and enjoys teaching and traveling the world with his wife, Renée.
Pamela serves as Office Manager for Counting Pennies and wears many hats while serving in that capacity. She assists the bookkeeping and tax prep teams, manages client payroll accounts and is the point of contact for clients who have questions or need assistance. The years spent working in her previous position as assistant to the director of the Arkansas Board of Nursing allowed her to transition smoothly into Counting Pennies as Randy’s Assistant.
Pamela went to college in her birthplace of Arkansas and obtained a degree in Administrative Office Technology. When not in the office, she is likely freelancing as a sign language interpreter or volunteering in her community. Two of her favorite places are New York and Hawaii, and she recently nurtured her newly discovered love for travel with outings to The Netherlands and Jamaica.
Holly serves as Executive Assistant here at Counting Pennies LLC. She has over 15 years of experience in bookkeeping and office management. Holly helps with many of our back-office projects and provides support for the admin and tax teams. She has extensive experience with Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Expense Reporting.
Holly is multi-lingual. She was born and raised in Southern California and she has since lived in New York, Alaska, Pennsylvania, and Mexico. She and her husband like to spend their free time volunteering in their community and traveling.
Dora is a Senior Accountant dedicated to assisting clients gain financial control as individuals or entrepreneurs. She brings to Counting Pennies a Bachelor’s in Accounting with an emphasis in Taxation and a well-rounded experience in corporate accounting, internal auditing, and performance analysis, all complementing her work with business startups and financial planning.
On a personal level, she enjoys travelling between the Carolinas and the Dominican Republic, is fluent in Spanish and has learned a third language to assist her volunteering work in minority communities both in the U.S. and abroad.
Christy is a Tax Professional at Counting Pennies, LLC. She has over 10 years of experience in the accounting profession. Prior to working with Counting Pennies, she was an accountant at a top 25 public accounting firm where she provided bookkeeping, property accounting, payroll, CFO and tax preparation services for individuals, small businesses, medical and real estate professionals. She received a B.S. in Marketing from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and then returned to the University of Maryland to earn a second B.S. in Accounting.
Christy, a Maryland native, spends a portion of her time each week volunteering in her community working on local building projects, as a teacher and doing volunteer accounting work. Christy and her husband love to travel; recent trips have included Romania, London, Germany, Ukraine and Argentina. Christy’s other great love is food – making it flavorful and healthy. She’s often reading, researching and experimenting in the kitchen.
Alicia is a seasoned Tax Professional with extensive experience in multi-state and military tax return preparation. With over 10 years of experience, she is committed to getting to know the taxpayer’s unique tax situation so as to help minimize overall tax liability. She is also the lead advisor of our Tax Resolution and Tax Planning programs.
Alicia was born and raised in New Mexico. She speaks Spanish and is fluent in American Sign Language. Her volunteerism has taken her abroad to Jamaica and back stateside to New York and Virginia.