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Dear clients and visitors,

Allow me to thank the individuals, organizations, and companies, we are fortunate to serve as clients.  I also welcome those of you who are here to learn more about our Firm. Holyfield & Thomas, LLC is proud of our 30+ year history of providing accounting, tax, and advisory services to the South Florida community.  Since its inception in 1982, the Firm has combined industry principles, guidelines, best practices, and customized insight to provide individuals and organizations with the highest quality product and service available.

It is my belief that our Firm’s greatest strength and most valued assets rest with its people. In this regard, the experience and expertise of our management team coupled with the enthusiasm and diligence of our younger professionals provides a healthy and dynamic environment for both employees and clients.

To those new or prospective clients, we are excited to learn more about your needs and objectives, and customize an approach that guarantees another beneficial relationship. I encourage you to explore our background and inquire about the services we hope to provide for years to come.

Please enjoy our website. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

David J. Thomas, CPA

Managing Partner

Holyfield & Thomas, LLC

 

 

Holyfield & Thomas, LLC

Holyfield & Thomas, LLC

  • 125 Butler Street
  • West Palm Beach, FL 33407
  • P: 561.689.6000
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Management

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Managing Director
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David J. Thomas, III, CPA, CGMA

Managing Director
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David J. Thomas, III, CPA

David J. Thomas, III, CPA, CGMA

Managing Director

David J. Thomas, III is the Firm's Managing Director. David has an extensive background in business and finance. Prior to joining the Firm, David worked for a major commercial bank and other business enterprises in the finance and management areas. David is responsible for the daily operations of Holyfield & Thomas, LLC, in addition to being the lead partner on many of the Firm's important tax and accounting engagements. David graduated cum laude from the University of Florida, and received his Master in Taxation from Florida Atlantic University. He is very active in civic and non-profit organizations, and serves on the board of several such organizations throughout the community. David and his family reside in Palm Beach Gardens.

James R. Holyfield, CPA †, (1940-2007)

James R. Holyfield

James R. Holyfield, CPA †

(1940-2007)

Jim Holyfield (1940-2007) was the firm’s founder and the Director of Audit Services. Jim spent twenty years with the international firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), including ten years as an audit partner. He had an extensive background in the areas of not for profit organizations, real estate, health care, broadcasting and publishing. Jim was very active in the community through his involvement in organizations such as United Way and Goodwill Industries. Jim also served in a number of high-ranking positions in genealogical and ancestral organizations, and most recently served as the Assistant General of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, State Governor of the Society of Colonial Wars, and past president of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Partner
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Thomas A. Brockway, CPA, CGMA

Partner
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Thomas A. Brockway, CPA

Thomas A. Brockway, CPA, CGMA

Partner

Tom Brockway is an Audit Partner of Holyfield & Thomas, LLC. He works closely with the engagement team and serves as the partner in charge of varied engagements. Tom joined Holyfield & Thomas, LLC in 1990 after several years of experience in private industry and brings extensive experience to audit and accounting engagements with numerous types of business organizations, both from the public and private sectors.  Tom provides an insightful perspective to all engagements, which include not-for-profit organizations, family owned businesses, construction companies and real estate enterprises.  As Audit Partner, Tom provides technical support on a wide variety of topics involving the audit and accounting practice of Holyfield & Thomas, LLC.  Tom serves on several not-for-profit organization boards and committees.  Tom was raised in Palm Beach County and lives with his wife in unincorporated Lake Worth.

Director of Tax Services
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Scott Y. Haynes, CPA

Director of Tax Services
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Scott Y. Haynes, CPA

Scott Y. Haynes, CPA

Director of Tax Services

Scott Y. Haynes is a Director in the Firm's Tax Department with over 30 years of public accounting experience. He has a broad range of knowledge in the federal taxation and multi-state taxation arenas. Scott has extensive knowledge of all types of entities including individuals, corporations, partnerships, LLCs, trusts and not for profit organizations. Scott is actively involved in the community as a part of the Palm Beach Tax Institute and Planned Giving Council of Palm Beach. He is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Georgia State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He was an alumni/graduate of The Dale Carnegie Institute and a Leadership Georgia Graduate. Scott was an active member of Kiwanis for over 20 years.

Director of Tax Services
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Basil J. Zaloom, CPA

Director of Tax Services
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Basil J. Zaloom, CPA

Basil J. Zaloom, CPA

Director of Tax Services

Basil Zaloom is Director of Tax Services. Basil spent twenty-five years with the international firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), including ten years as managing partner of their West Palm Beach office. Basil’s specializations include estates and trusts, foreign investors, financial planning and investment services, corporate, individual and partnership taxation. Basil is also actively involved in the community through such organizations as the Kiwanis Club and the Planned Giving Council.  He and his wife reside in North Palm Beach.

Tax Manager
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Julie A. Petillo, CPA

Tax Manager
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Julie A. Petillo, CPA

Julie A. Petillo, CPA

Tax Manager

Clients look to Julie Petillo, a dedicated CPA, to provide timely and practical answers to their estate, trust, and charitable questions. She received her B.S. in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University, J.D. from Loyola University in New Orleans, and holds the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designation. She constantly strives to expand her knowledge and expertise, and thereby serve her clients better, by participation in the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach Tax Institute, and East Coast Estate Planning Council professional organizations. To further support the local charitable community, she currently serves as Treasurer of the Planned Giving Council of Palm Beach County. Outside of public accounting, one of her most rewarding volunteer opportunities has been to participate on a monthly basis with other members of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers to bring a program known as "Breakfast and Books" to the young women at PACE Center for Girls. Julie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Audit Manager
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Javier Rodriguez, CPA, CGMA

Audit Manager
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Javier Rodriguez, CPA

Javier Rodriguez, CPA, CGMA

Audit Manager

Javier Rodriguez is the firm's Audit & Accounting Manager at Holyfield & Thomas, LLC. Javier graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Puerto Rico earning a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. He had several years experience with other CPA firms before joining our firm in 2002. He has extensive experience in auditing and has strong computer skills, which have resulted in our offering new services to clients, and increasing the efficiency of audit production.

Professional Staff

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Audit Professional
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Paul M. Bertoni

Audit Professional
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Paul M. Bertoni

Paul M. Bertoni

Audit Professional

Paul Bertoni is an Audit Professional with the Firm.  He is completing his requirements needed to obtain his Florida Certified Public Accountant designation.  Paul graduated from Lake Superior State University in Canada with a degree in Business Administration with concentration in Accounting and Finance.  In addition to relevant coursework in not-for-profit accounting and auditing, Paul gained valuable experience working in a national public accounting firm for two years before joining Holyfield & Thomas, LLC.  While working for a national firm, Paul received awards on three (3) separate occasions for outstanding audit work.

Tax Professional
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Joseph J. Cavallo

Tax Professional
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Joseph J. Cavallo

Joseph J. Cavallo

Tax Professional

Joseph joined the firm in 2003 as a staff accountant.  He specializes in tax return preparation, where he specifically focuses on Form 990's for non-profit organizations, in addition to substantial individual (and family) returns.

Tax Professional
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Sylvia M. Faust

Tax Professional
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Sylvia M. Faust

Tax Professional

Sylvia graduated from Muskingum College with a BS degree in Elementary Education.  She received a Master's degree in Special Education from the University of Florida and taught elementary school in Marion County, Florida. She later taught special education for several years in Palm Beach County.  Sylvia has worked as a seasonal tax preparer with our firm since 1983.  She attends numerous tax seminars and classes.

Audit Professional
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Rosi Gonzalez, CPA, CGMA

Audit Professional
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Rosi Gonzalez, CPA

Rosi Gonzalez, CPA, CGMA

Audit Professional

Rosi joined Holyfield & Thomas, LLC in 2013. She has over 20 years of experience in public and private accounting, including 3 years as a Forensic Accountant for a local CPA firm and 11 years as an Accountant for not-for-profit and private organizations. Due to her broad work experience, Rosi has in-depth understanding of the accounting and financial needs of both not-for-profit and private organizations. She earned a Master’s degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Rosi is licensed in the State of Florida and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). Rosi is fluent in Spanish and currently serves as a member of the FICPA 2015-2018 Accounting Principles and Accounting Standards Committee.

Audit Professional
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Aline Gratton

Audit Professional
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Aline Gratton

Aline Gratton

Audit Professional

Aline Gratton joined Holyfield & Thomas, LLC in 2012 as a staff accountant in the audit department. Aline graduated Summa Cum Laude from Strayer University in 2012, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. In June 2017, Aline obtained a Master’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting from Strayer University, where she was the recipient of the Golden Key Academic Award. Prior to joining Holyfield & Thomas, LLC, Aline was an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Palm Beach State College. Aline is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). Aline also volunteers with several Special Needs non-profits including Special Olympics. Aline enjoys cooking and the outdoors, and she resides with her family in the West Palm Beach area.

Audit Professional
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Teri L. Hackwith, CPA, CGMA

Audit Professional
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Teri L. Hackwith, CPA

Teri L. Hackwith, CPA, CGMA

Audit Professional

Teri Hackwith joined the Firm in July 2003 and currently serves as one of the Firm's Audit Supervisors. Teri has over 20 years of experience in accounting and has been in public accounting both in Washington State and Florida. She has experience in a number of different industries, including retail, not-for-profit, service businesses, country clubs and employee benefit plans. Teri graduated Cum Laude from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting. She is responsible for the auditing and accounting matters of several important client relationships. Teri is licensed in the State of Florida and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). Teri and her son reside in Palm Beach Gardens.

Audit Professional
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Stephanie H. Isham

Audit Professional
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Stephanie H. Isham

Stephanie H. Isham

Audit Professional

Stephanie Isham joined Holyfield & Thomas in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Stephanie was an associate specializing in the high net worth tax division of a Big 4 accounting firm. Stephanie graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and is currently completing the required courses to obtain her Florida Certified Public Accountant designation. Stephanie is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA).

Tax Professional
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Justin M. Knowles

Tax Professional
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Justin Knowles

Justin M. Knowles

Tax Professional

Justin Knowles joined Holyfield & Thomas in January 2017. Prior to joining the Firm, Justin was an associate at a local law firm where he assisted clients with tax planning and preparation needs, as well as IRS litigation and non-litigation issues.  Justin graduated Cum Laude from Kaplan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and is a graduate of the Keller Graduate School of Management, where he earned Master of Science Degrees in Accounting and Financial Management.  He is a certified QuickBooks user and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Justin and his family reside in Lake Worth.

Tax Professional
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Christopher R. Manuchia

Tax Professional
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Christopher Manuchia

Christopher R. Manuchia

Tax Professional

Chris Manuchia joined Holyfield & Thomas, LLC in January 2017. Chris is a proud alumnus of Florida Atlantic University. After earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting and minor in Business Law in 2013, Chris honed his tax and accounting skills at a local accounting firm before joining Holyfield & Thomas, LLC as a Tax Professional. Chris is passionate about tax law and tax research and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) and is working towards becoming a Certified Public Accountant.

Tax Professional
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Leslie K. Milton, CPA

Tax Professional
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Leslie K. Milton, CPA

Leslie K. Milton, CPA

Tax Professional

Leslie Milton has been with Holyfield & Thomas LLC for over 20 years. She has significant experience in many areas of federal taxation, and has worked for national firms including Laventhal and Horwath, and Coopers and Lybrand. Her client list covers a wide variety of industries and entity types, including corporations, partnerships, LLC’s, trusts and non-profits. Leslie remains active in tax-oriented associations, including the Palm Beach Tax Institute.  Leslie resides in the West Palm Beach area.

Tax Professional
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Kelli J. Przybyla

Tax Professional
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Kelli Przybyla

Kelli J. Przybyla

Tax Professional

Kelli Przybyla joined Holyfield & Thomas, LLC in 2013 as a Senior Accountant with over 10 years of experience. She has provided tax services for individuals, small businesses, international companies, trusts and estates, and non-profit organizations. Kelli received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.

Tax Professional
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Edward S. Sager, CPA

Tax Professional
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Edward S. Sager, CPA

Edward S. Sager, CPA

Tax Professional

Ed joined Holyfield & Thomas, LLC in 2006 as a Senior Accountant with 32 years experience.  Edward practices primarily in the tax area and is responsible for many of the firm's most involved and extensive accounting and reporting engagements, including multi-tiered domestic and foreign partnerships, consolidated organizations, intricate trust accountings, and complex individual and corporate matters.

Audit Professional
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Elizabeth A. Stevens, CPA, CGMA

Audit Professional
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Elizabeth A. Stevens, CPA, CGMA

Elizabeth A. Stevens, CPA, CGMA

Audit Professional

Elizabeth "Beth" Stevens, Certified Public Accountant, joined the firm in 2011. Elizabeth's experience includes ascending to audit manager in the South Florida practice of a Big 4 accounting firm as well as honing her private industry skills as the corporate accountant of a specialized diagnostics company in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Accounting at the University of Florida in Gainesville and her Master of Accounting from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and is a member of the AICPA and FICPA. Having served on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of the Palm Beaches in several roles including President and Treasurer, Elizabeth has an in-depth understanding of the accounting and organizational needs of a not-for-profit organization.  Elizabeth was recognized as one of the FICPA's Top 26 Under 36 in 2015 and was a FICPA Woman to Watch nominee in 2016.

Tax Professional
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Drenda S. Tilton

Tax Professional
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Drenda Tilton

Drenda S. Tilton

Tax Professional

Drenda joined Holyfield & Thomas, LLC in 2005 as a Staff Accountant with 34 years of experience in tax and accounting. Drenda is particularly helpful with complex client accounting and related remediation.  She is familiar with multiple accounting systems, and has particularly strong skills with QuickBooks.

Administration

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Controller
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Lourdes R. Holyfield

Controller
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David J. Thomas, III, CPA

Lourdes R. Holyfield

Controller

Lourdes is the Controller at Holyfield & Thomas, LLC. Lourdes has been with the firm since it was founded in 1982. Prior to Holyfield & Thomas, Lourdes worked for Coopers & Lybrand in the Miami office as the bookkeeper. Lourdes is fluent in Spanish and has volunteered with various organizations in the West Palm Beach area.

Office Manager
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Andrea J. Lazarus

Office Manager
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Andrea J. Lazarus

Andrea J. Lazarus

Office Manager

Tax Secretary
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Cynthia L. Bowdoin

Tax Secretary
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Cynthia L. Bowdoin

Tax Secretary

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
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Terri M. Rivera

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
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Terri M. Rivera

Terri M. Rivera

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant