Chris Russell, CPA

Senior Manager

Chris Russell, CPA

Chris oversees the firm's audit practice and advises business owners on tax and operations matters.

He personally prepares the most intricate returns filed by Hunter & Associates' clients, particularly those related to real estate holdings and private investments in companies. He also helps clients with bookkeeping, cash flow management and financial analysis, providing services comparable to in-house accountants or chief financial officers.

As leader of our audit practice, Chris is responsible for the conducting of financial statement audits in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), DCAA Auditing Standards (DCAA) and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). He also has extensive experience providing overhead rate audits for transportation consultants, including for firms qualified as disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) with the Florida Department of Revenue.

Chris is involved in complex business consulting work, including internal-control evaluations, entity-level audit planning and applying the risk-based auditing methodologies put forth by The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO). He is also experienced in the Single Audit or OMB A-133 audits and has performed audits and submitted via the Federal Audit Clearinghouse. 

Experience
A native of New Hampshire and a nine-year veteran of the Navy, Chris began his professional career in 1999, as a corporate controller with ICLM Systems, a manufacturing and distribution company in Jacksonville. He joined Hunter & Associates in 2007, after working as an accountant with Harbeson, Fletcher & Bateh, LLP.

His experience at Hunter & Associates includes:
•    reviewing and confirming engagement objectives and key performance measures with clients;
•    overseeing the completion of audits, which includes problem-solving and delegating various tasks throughout all the stages, including planning fieldwork and “wrap-up;” 
•    formulating and communicating audit plans;
•    suggesting generally accepted alternative accounting procedures;
•    and reviewing financial statements and disclosures, and documentation.

Chris helps his community through volunteer work as well. He is a former treasurer of Holy Family Catholic Church and remains active in its Men's Club. He has also volunteered his time at HabiJax and a local catholic charities organization.

Chris shares his knowledge with aspiring accountants, teaching introductory tax accounting classes at Everest University.

Education
University of North Florida – Masters of Accountancy (MAcc)
Brenau University – Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration/Accounting

Certification
Certified Public Accountant