About Us

COMPANY OVERVIEW

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TRUST

Chad Garland has been a practicing accountant serving Louisiana’s Shreveport and Bossier City area for more than 36 years. His decades of experience are embodied in the following array of qualifications, certifications, and designations.

Certifications

CPA: Certified Public Accountant

An accounting certification granted to those who pass the Uniform CPA examination and who also has met any additional state certification and experience requirements. Chad is a licensed CPA in Louisiana (#15506) and Texas (#095642).

ASA-BV: Accredited Senior Appraiser Business Valuation

The ASA is a world renowned and respected international organization devoted to the appraisal profession.

MAFF: Master Analyst in Financial Forensics

Awarded by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analyst(NACVA).

ABV: Accredited in Business Valuation

A highly regarded professional designation granted by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to accountants who are also experts in business valuation.

CFF: Certified in Financial Forensics

A professional credential issued by the American Institute of CPAs recognizing on individual’s expertise in getting to the bottom of financial information being investigated, often in court-related proceedings.

CVA: Certified Valuation Analyst

A highly regarded professional designation granted by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analyst (NACVA) to accountants who are also experts in business valuation.

CTP: Certified Treasury Professional

Is a certification awarded by the Association for Financial Professional (AFP). Only 50,000 individuals have earned this credential nationally.

CFE: Certified Fraud Examiner

A certification that recognizes experience and expertise in the area of anti-fraud. Awarded by the (ACFE) Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

CGMA: Chartered Global Management Accountant

A global management accounting designation recognizing an individual as an expert strategist in connecting all facets of business.

Our Mission

To provide superior accounting solutions which meet and exceed the expectations and needs of our clients.

Our Team

Chad Garland CPA

Chad Garland

CPA/ABV/CFF/CGMA, ASA, CVA MAFF, CFE, CTP, MBA

A licensed CPA in Louisiana since 1981 and in Texas since 2009, Chad Garland has an extensive education and working experience in the fields of accounting, finance and banking. Chad has served on the board of directors for two prominent companies and as President of the Ark-La-Tex Cash Management Association. His experience includes bankruptcy, expert witness testimony, litigation services, business valuations, small business consulting, budgeting, tax planning, financial reporting, management oversight, and as a workout specialist for troubled companies.

Currently, Chad focuses his expertise on the areas of litigation services including bankruptcy, forensic and fraud accounting and expert witness testimony, business valuations, income taxes, and small business consulting. As an expert witness, he has testified in both district and federal courts, and has earned the reputation as a man of integrity, competence, and concern. He furthers his education on a continuing basis, always seeking to enhance his knowledge and abilities to better serve his clients.

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Crystal Whitman

Bookkeeper, QuickBooks Pro Advisor Certified

Graduated in 1980, from Hesser College in Manchester, NH with an Associates Degree in Legal Secretary.  She has worked at Chad M. Garland, CPA, LLC since February, 2011

Crystal has 32 years experience as a bookkeeper and  38 years experience as an administrative assistant.

Ashley Ross

Bookkeeper

Ashley came to our firm in April 2018.  She brings over 10 years of administrative experience to the table, with experience in scheduling and correspondence.  Ashley has over 7 years of bookkeeping experience, specializing in accounts payable, account receivable and data entry.  She received her Paralegal Certificate from LSUS in 2011. Ashley plans to attend BPCC to further her accounting knowledge.

Beth Parker

MBA

Beth received her Bachelor’s in Accounting and Business Administration from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1997 and her Master’s of Business Administration from Louisiana State University in Shreveport in 2007. She is currently studying to take the CPA exam.

Beth has spent the majority of her professional career working in finance management in the local gaming industry. She has also worked in finance management in the medical, manufacturing and high-end retail industries.

At Chad M. Garland, CPA, LLC, Beth works mostly on forensic accounting cases. Her specialty is personal injury economic reports. She enjoys working with complicated calculations and building massive spreadsheets.

Beth is the in-house notary for Chad M. Garland, CPA, LLC.

Marilyn Kruithof

CPA

Marilyn received her Bachelor’s in Accounting from California State University, Sacramento in 2002, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  She became a licensed CPA in 2011 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants.

Her background includes 9 years of public accounting and over 3 years of industry accounting experience, specializing in tax, auditing, bookkeeping, and payroll services.

Prior to her employment with Chad M. Garland, CPA, LLC, Marilyn was the Corporate Tax Manager of a publicly traded real estate investment trust company.

At Chad M. Garland, CPA, LLC, Marilyn specializes in tax and forensic accounting.

  • A licensed CPA since 2011, Marilyn Kruithof is an experienced CPA with a demonstrated history of working in the accounting industry.
  • Marilyn came to work for Chad M. Garland, CPA, LLC in 2018
  • She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from California State University, Sacramento in 2002.
  • Over 8 years of working for CPA firms and over 3 years of industry accounting experience
  • Before coming to work for Chad M. Garland, CPA, LLC, Marilyn was the Corporate Tax Manager of a publicly traded real estate investment trust company
  • Marilyn specializes in tax but also has an extensive background in auditing, reviews, compilations, bookkeeping and payroll services

James R. Duke

CPA

James received his Bachelor’s in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University in 1973 and his Masters of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University in 1979.  He is a retired CPA.  James is also a licensed private investigator.

James owned and served as the CEO of an import/export company for 25 years.  He also worked as an internal auditor in the oil & gas industry.  He has worked for Chad Garland, CPA, LLC for over 3 years, focusing on tax returns and forensic accounting cases.

  • BS – Accounting LA Tech University, May 24, 1973
  • MBA – Louisiana Tech University, March 1, 1979
  • CPA (Retired status)
  • Licensed Private Investigator
  • Internal auditing oil & gas industry
  • Owner/CEO Import
  • Export company for 25 years
  • Chad Garland CPA Firm – 3 years
  • Forensic Cases and Tax Returns
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Kadi Lynn Mercer

Administrative assistant

Kadi came to our firm in December of 2018. She has two wonderful children that inspire her and give her determination to be successful every day. She has a diverse background that includes 8 plus years of experience in clerical, service, and medical fields. Kadi received her associate degree in general studies from Bossier Parish Community College in May 2018. She brings experience, dedication, and her inspiring positive outlook to our firm as an administrative assistant.

OUR VALUES

An accounting firm is only as good as the values it upholds. At Chad M. Garland CPA, LLC, everything we do is guided by:

Integrity

Trust

Objectivity

Confidentiality

Attention to detail

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Our reports include background information on the company, the subject business interest, financial condition, earning capacity, comparison to peers and projected economic conditions. Get an accurate and insightful business valuation in Shreveport, LA by contacting Chad M Garland, CPA today.