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About Us

Our Team

Committed To Your Success 

Our team members are here to serve you with the best payroll options and support for your business. With years of combined payroll experience, you can feel confident connecting with a team that is passionate about taking care of your business and payroll needs.

Stephen_Stokes.jpgSTEPHEN C. STOKES, CPA  – PRESIDENT

Stephen has more than 14 years' experience working with individuals and businesses to meet   their tax, accounting, and payroll needs. He has been the managing partner of Paysmart Payroll Services since January 2009. He is a licensed certified public accountant in South Carolina and Georgia. Stephen is also a member of the South Carolina Association of CPAs, the Georgia Society of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants.  He has a bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. Stephen was born and raised near Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Greenville, South Carolina, several years ago. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Tiffani, and daughters, Madeline and Julianna. He is actively involved in his church and enjoys reading, sports, and other outdoor activities.  

 

al_head_and_shoulders_2013_touch_up.jpgALLEN A. HODGES, CPA  – VICE-PRESIDENT

Allen has more than 30 years’ experience in accounting, business, finance and tax matters. He is a licensed certified public accountant in South Carolina and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He began his career with an International CPA firm and has since also served as the corporate controller of a large textile company and then as Chief Financial Officer of a national industrial business based in Greenville with multiple plants around the US. Allen is a promoter of collaborative teamwork across business disciplines in an organization to accelerate growth and improve profitability. In January 2013, he acquired a Greenville CPA practice which provided tax and accounting services to local businesses, individuals and families. He operated the firm as its sole owner until merging it into Stokes & Company CPAs in January 2018. Allen grew up in Michigan before moving to Greenville, South Carolina over 30 years ago. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Holly, and his children and grandchildren. He actively serves on the board of a local free medical clinic, an educational mission board located on the Texas border with Mexico and with the local chapter of the Association of CPA’s. He is actively involved in his church where he has been a member over 30 years. He also enjoys history, following baseball and other sports as well as learning about the many new and interesting businesses being started and growing in Greenville.  

 

1205Stokes_057_Carol.jpgCAROL FINLEY – PAYROLL MANAGER

Carol has more than 30 years of experience in accounting, taxes, and payroll. She began her career in 1980 as a bookkeeper and continued developing her skills through coursework at Greenville Technical College and later expanded her knowledge while on staff at a local CPA firm. When Paysmart Payroll Services LLC welcomed Carol in 2010, she hit the ground running and her experience has proved invaluable. Carol and her husband, Brian, enjoy spending time with family and friends.  

 

 

Christiawna_Tyler.jpgCHRISTIAWNA GAULDIN – PAYROLL SPECIALIST

Christiawna  joined the Paysmart Payroll Services team towards the end of 2013. After receiving her degree in accounting from Pensacola Christian College in 2010, she began working as a reservation officer and then later as an events coordinator, administrative assistant, and enrollment advisor for a large private school in Pensacola. In September 2013, she returned to her native state and city and began as Stephen Stokes’ assistant while furthering her knowledge of payroll and accounting.  Her responsibilities consist of assisting with payroll and accounting engagements. Christiawna enjoys spending time with her husband, outdoor recreation, a good book, and  time in the kitchen cooking and baking for the people she loves.

 

1205Stokes_062_Emily.jpg EMILY HARGRAVE – PAYROLL SPECIALIST

Emily  joined Paysmart Payroll Services in 2017. She received her Bachelors from West Coast Baptist College in 2008 with a degree in music. Since college, Emily has worked in the academic office of her college alma mater, as well as for an optometrist office in her home town back in Iowa. She has lived in the Midwest, on the West Coast and is glad to now call the East Coast and Greenville, SC her home. In her free time, Emily enjoys music, reading a good book, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

Julie_Shull___picture.jpg JULIE SHULL – PAYROLL SPECIALIST

Julie joined the team as a Payroll Specialist in March of 2020. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from NC State University and went on to earn an MBA from Gardner-Webb University while playing on the GWU women's tennis team. After starting her career with Wilson Sporting Goods as a Financial Analyst, she took a few years off to raise twin boys until six years ago, when she began working for Greenville County Schools.  Julie loves spending time with her husband, Edwin, and their twin boys, enjoying the outdoors with their dog or serving at their church.

I never have to worry about our payroll. It is done and taken care of with the greatest of ease. I get all of the reports in a timely manner. It couldn't be any easier. Very pleased after 6 years.

– Russ Moore, CTS, Hames Pro

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