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Chris Etheridge CPA CFE

Audit Partner

404.253.7570
Alpharetta, GA
Services
Accounting/Financial Reporting, Audit/ Attestation, Compilations, Employee Benefit Plan Audit, International Business Services, Reviews,
Industries
Construction, International Corporations, Manufacturing & Distribution, Nonprofit, Professional Services, Technology, Transportation,

Experience

Chris Etheridge joined Frazier & Deeter, LLC in 1989.  He is a partner in the accounting and assurance department.  In addition to accounting and assurance services, he provides litigation support, tax and financial analysis services for closely held businesses.

Chris works with clients in a variety of industries including nonprofit services, manufacturing, distribution, real estate, construction, technology, and retail industries.

Chris is the Partner in Charge of the Employee Benefits Services Group of Frazier & Deeter.  His areas of expertise include employee benefit plan audits as well as regulatory and tax compliance.  He oversees the Employee Benefits Services Group which includes dedicated employee benefit professionals who can assist in all areas from plan audits to actual design of comprehensive employee benefit packages.  The Group audits qualified defined contribution, defined benefit, and health and welfare plans, as well as having extensive experience auditing plans required to file an annual 11-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

He has earned the designation of Certified Fraud Examiner, CFE, from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  This designation is awarded to select professionals responsible for detecting, deterring and investigating fraud and white collar crime.

He also serves as a technical reviewer for the firm’s accounting and assurance practice.  As a result of his extensive experience, other public accounting firms hire him to perform a peer review of their CPA practices.  He currently sits as a member of the Georgia Society of CPA’s Peer Review Committee and is the past Chair of the Executive Committee.  In those duties, he is responsible for overseeing the peer review process and compliance for the member firms in the State of Georgia.

Publications, Speaking Engagements and Webinars

Journal of Pension Benefits – Audit 101 Series – A Guide to Employee Benefit Plan Audits –
Selecting the Right Auditor; Audit Planning; Audit Fieldwork; Audit Wrap Up; Fraud Risk Factors;
401(k) Advisor – Is Your Pension Plan Audited Correctly? Is Your Auditor Really Qualified?
ASPPA/WEB – “Form 5500 and the Audit”, and “Ask the Audit Experts”
Webinars – Plan Ratings and the Financial Statement Audit; Developing Relationships with CPA’s and Service Providers;
Pain Points as it relates to Retirement

Professional and Civic Organizations

Certified Public Accountant –States of Georgia, New York, and Puerto Rico
Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants – Member of Peer Review Committee and Employee Benefit Quality Task Force
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
ASPPA Benefits Council of Atlanta – Board of Directors
The Worldwide Employee Benefits Network (WEB)
Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce – HR Steering Committee
Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta – Board of Directors, HR Committee Chair and Finance Committee Member
Georgia Soccer Association – Board of Directors
Open Hand – Volunteer

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration, J.M. Tull School of Accounting, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1989.