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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
    Agribusiness, Construction, International Corporations, Manufacturing & Distribution, Nonprofit, Professional Services, Technology, Transportation,

    Experience

    Chris Etheridge joined the firm in 1989 and is a partner in the Assurance and Advisory Practice of Frazier & Deeter. In addition to these services, he provides tax and financial analysis for closely held businesses. Chris works with clients in a variety of industries, including professional service firms, nonprofit, manufacturing, distribution, real estate, technology, construction healthcare and agribusiness.

    Chris’s 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).

    Chris has earned the designation of Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).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 Chris to perform peer reviews of their CPA practices. He currently sits as a member of the Georgia Society of CPA’s Peer Review 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, Florida, New York and Puerto Rico
    Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants – Member of Peer Review Executive 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.

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