Berry & Associates CPA, PC was founded in the mid-1980’s by Don Berry, CPA. Mr. Berry started the firm with only four clients and a vision of providing quality and timely tax, audit, accounting, and business advisory services to clients. Mr. Berry’s passion for the business and his clients led to tremendous success and growth for over 25 years. In 2011, after 50+ years in the profession, Mr. Berry made the decision to retire.
In January 2012, after working for Berry & Associates for 8 years, Amy Pennington purchased the firm. Amy shares the same values as Mr. Berry and has continued the growth of the firm while maintaining the same feel and atmosphere it had under the leadership of Mr. Berry.
After 25 years, the firm’s vision remains the same — The firm continues to earn the appreciation of its clients through hard work, professional expertise, and a genuine desire to provide excellent service at affordable fees.
Although originally from the small town of Carnesville in Northeast Georgia, Amy Pennington’s roots run deep in the CSRA with most of her family in Glascock and Jefferson counties. She chose only to move so far from her family, to Evans, because keeping ties is important to Amy. And this heart for keeping ties applies to her clients, the same.
After graduating from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Accounting, Amy spent the first 7 years of her career working at two CPA firms in Athens. This was just the beginning of her 17+ years of experience in public accounting. She then moved to Evans where she began working for Don Berry. With Amy, there’s no hopping around or handing off clients. She wants to know her clients just as she knows her family.
Amy is a Quickbooks Pro Advisor, member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Georgia Society of CPAS, and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. Titles are titles but they are also signs of Amy’s dedication to her clients and her profession.
Katie Bellocchio was born and raised in Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, double majoring in Accounting and Marketing. A CPA since 2002, Katie knew accounting was her calling after taking and loving two accounting classes in high school. Katie has worked in both the public and private sectors of accounting. Public accounting is where she is happiest and excited to be each day. No two clients are the same and she loves the constant learning and change each presents. With her husband serving on active duty, the Army brought her to Fort Gordon and Evans.
Katie is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Arkansas and New York. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arkansas Society of CPAs. When not serving clients, Katie enjoys time with her family, cooking, reading and watching her Arkansas Razorbacks…Woo Pig Sooie!
Although Katie is a rare find in our office, we know she is incredibly knowledgable, eager, efficient in her work.
Elizabeth Bagwell grew up in Lincolnton, but moved to Martinez after graduating from Georgia Southern University with her degree in Accounting. For the first three years of her career, she spent her days in public accounting and then moved on to a larger, private sector company in Evans for eight years. She joined P&B in October of 2015 and is excited to be back in public accounting. When asked why she chose accounting as her career path, Elizabeth says it’s her love of math and that “Numbers always add up.” Her love of math and her laid back personality make her a stellar accountant and the perfect addition to the P&B family.
When she’s not working hard at P&B, Elizabeth can be found at the lake or anywhere outdoors spending time with her husband, Brad, and their daughter, Alexandria. Like a true Lincolnton girl, she loves to deer and duck hunt. She’d rather take the longer, scenic route to work as to enjoy nature and all of it’s beauty on a daily basis. Although crunching numbers brings Elizabeth professional fulfillment, admittedly her perfect day is “Somewhere on the beach with a cold drink in hand.”