Name: Heather McDonough
Company: Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam, CPAs and Associates, LLP
Title: Tax Partner
Years in Brevard: 13
McDonough began her career at Berman Hopkins after her husband, and the beautiful Brevard County weather, drew her away from the icy storms of Northern Virginia. She has progressed through all staff levels of the firm, ultimately achieving partner status at the beginning of 2011. She now manages the 14-person tax department, which spans both the Melbourne and downtown Orlando offices.
Along with her staff, McDonough engages in high levels of tax compliance and consulting work, which range from local sole practitioner medical offices to high-tech manufacturing with overseas business structures and sales. The tax group actively seeks out innovative ways to benefit their clients, particularly in this time of rising tax rates and reduced personal deductions.
“Visiting with clients and prospects is one of my greatest joys of accounting and consulting,” says McDonough. “I truly enjoy learning about the amazing business activities that go on in Central Florida, and value the ability to help these local business owners succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavors.” McDonough adds that she gains great satisfaction from helping younger staff develop into solid technical tax and consulting experts. Her team shares the client-first philosophy and truly enjoys the fast-paced, deadline-driven work of public accounting.