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Dear clients and visitors,

Allow me to thank the individuals, organizations, and companies, we are fortunate to serve as clients.  I also welcome those of you who are here to learn more about our Firm. Holyfield & Thomas, LLC is proud of our 30+ year history of providing accounting, tax, and advisory services to the South Florida community.  Since its inception in 1982, the Firm has combined industry principles, guidelines, best practices, and customized insight to provide individuals and organizations with the highest quality product and service available.

It is my belief that our Firm’s greatest strength and most valued assets rest with its people. In this regard, the experience and expertise of our management team coupled with the enthusiasm and diligence of our younger professionals provides a healthy and dynamic environment for both employees and clients.

To those new or prospective clients, we are excited to learn more about your needs and objectives, and customize an approach that guarantees another beneficial relationship. I encourage you to explore our background and inquire about the services we hope to provide for years to come.

Please enjoy our website. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

David J. Thomas, CPA

Managing Partner

Holyfield & Thomas, LLC

 

 

Holyfield & Thomas, LLC

Holyfield & Thomas, LLC

  • 125 Butler Street
  • West Palm Beach, FL 33407
  • P: 561.689.6000
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Management

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Managing Director
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David J. Thomas, III, CPA, CGMA

Managing Director
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David J. Thomas, III, CPA

David J. Thomas, III, CPA, CGMA

Managing Director

David J. Thomas, III is the Firm's Managing Director. David has an extensive background in business and finance. Prior to joining the Firm, David worked for a major commercial bank and other business enterprises in the finance and management areas. David is responsible for the daily operations of Holyfield & Thomas, LLC, in addition to being the lead partner on many of the Firm's important tax and accounting engagements. David graduated from the University of Florida, and received his Master in Taxation from Florida Atlantic University. He is very active in civic and non-profit organizations, and serves on the board of several such organizations throughout the community. David and his family reside in Palm Beach Gardens.

James R. Holyfield, CPA †, (1940-2007)

James R. Holyfield

James R. Holyfield, CPA †

(1940-2007)

Jim Holyfield (1940-2007) was the firm’s founder and the Director of Audit Services. Jim spent twenty years with the international firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), including ten years as an audit partner. He had an extensive background in the areas of not for profit organizations, real estate, health care, broadcasting and publishing. Jim was very active in the community through his involvement in organizations such as United Way and Goodwill Industries. Jim also served in a number of high-ranking positions in genealogical and ancestral organizations, and most recently served as the Assistant General of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, State Governor of the Society of Colonial Wars, and past president of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Director of Tax Services
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Scott Y. Haynes, CPA

Director of Tax Services
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Scott Y. Haynes, CPA

Scott Y. Haynes, CPA

Director of Tax Services

Scott Y. Haynes is a Director in the Firm's Tax Department with over 30 years of public accounting experience. He has a broad range of knowledge in the federal taxation, multi-state taxation and international tax arenas. Scott provides tax, compliance and consulting services for closely-held businesses, pass-through entities and high net-worth individuals. In addition, he has extensive experience with trusts and not for profit organizations. Scott is actively involved in the community as a part of the Palm Beach Tax Institute and Planned Giving Council of Palm Beach. He is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Georgia State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He is an alumni/graduate of The Dale Carnegie Institute and a Leadership Georgia Graduate. Scott was an active member of Kiwanis for over 20 years.

Director of Tax Services
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Basil J. Zaloom, CPA

Director of Tax Services
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Basil J. Zaloom, CPA

Basil J. Zaloom, CPA

Director of Tax Services

Basil Zaloom is Director of Tax Services. Basil spent twenty-five years with the international firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), including ten years as managing partner of their West Palm Beach office. Basil’s specializations include estates and trusts, foreign investors, financial planning and investment services, corporate, individual and partnership taxation. Basil is also actively involved in the community through such organizations as the Kiwanis Club and the Planned Giving Council. He serves on the Finance Council and the Investment and Pension committees of the Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach. He and his wife reside in North Palm Beach.

Tax Manager
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Julie A. Petillo, CPA

Tax Manager
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Julie A. Petillo, CPA

Julie A. Petillo, CPA

Tax Manager

Clients look to Julie Petillo, a dedicated CPA, to provide timely and practical answers to their estate, trust, and charitable questions. She received her B.S. in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University, J.D. from Loyola University in New Orleans, and holds the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designation. She constantly strives to expand her knowledge and expertise, and thereby serve her clients better, by participation in the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach Tax Institute, and East Coast Estate Planning Council professional organizations. To further support the local charitable community, she currently serves as Treasurer of the Planned Giving Council of Palm Beach County. Outside of public accounting, one of her most rewarding volunteer opportunities has been to participate on a monthly basis with other members of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers to bring a program known as "Breakfast and Books" to the young women at PACE Center for Girls. Julie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Audit Manager
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Javier Rodriguez, CPA, CGMA

Audit Manager
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Javier Rodriguez, CPA

Javier Rodriguez, CPA, CGMA

Audit Manager

Javier Rodriguez is the firm's Audit & Accounting Manager at Holyfield & Thomas, LLC. Javier graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Puerto Rico earning a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. He had several years experience with other CPA firms before joining our firm in 2002. He has extensive experience in auditing and has strong computer skills, which have resulted in our offering new services to clients, and increasing the efficiency of audit production.

Audit Manager
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Carlos R. Ysaguirre

Audit Manager
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Carlos R. Ysaguirre

Audit Manager

Carlos Ysaguirre joined Holyfield & Thomas, LLC in December of 2019 as an Audit Manager.  Carlos is originally from Belize and moved to Florda in 2004. He attended both The University College of Belize and McGill University in Canada. He graduated with a degree in both Accounting and Finance.  Carlos is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.  He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and also enjoys watching movies and visiting with relatives in his spare time.

Professional Staff

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Audit Professional
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Sarah F. Benevides

Audit Professional
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Sarah Benevides

Sarah F. Benevides

Audit Professional

Sarah joined Holyfield & Thomas in January of 2019. Prior to joining the Firm, Sarah worked for a local CPA firm specializing in tax preparation.  Sarah graduated from the Uniersity of Florida and is currently completing her Master's Degree in Accounting at Florida Atlantic University.  She is an active member of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches and is passionate about contributing to her community. In her free time, Sarah enjoys volunteering with local nonprofits, cooking, exploring new restaurants, and weekend getaways.

Audit Supervisor
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Paul M. Bertoni

Audit Supervisor
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Paul M. Bertoni

Paul M. Bertoni

Audit Supervisor

Paul Bertoni joined the firm in 2008 and is currently a supervisor in the audit department. With his comprehensive audit experience, Paul is a resource to the clients he serves by meeting the unique needs and challenges of the firm’s cornerstone industries, including not-for-profit, employee benefit plan, country club, small business, and religious organizations. Paul is a team leader for the training and professional development of the staff and senior auditors at Holyfield & Thomas, LLC.  As a member of the firm’s industry knowledge team, Paul has presented to the not-for-profit community on industry relevant topics including FASB’s Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, Audit Preparation, and Not-for-Profit Accounting Updates. A native of Canada, Paul graduated from Lake Superior State University with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Finance. Prior to joining Holyfield & Thomas, LLC, Paul gained valuable audit and assurance experience while working for a national public accounting firm in Ontario. While working for the national firm, Paul was recognized on three separate occasions for outstanding audit work.

Tax Professional
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Joseph J. Cavallo, CFA

Tax Professional
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Joseph J. Cavallo, CFA

Joseph J. Cavallo, CFA

Tax Professional

Joseph joined the firm in 2003 as a staff accountant.  He specializes in tax return preparation, where he specifically focuses on Form 990's for non-profit organizations, in addition to substantial individual (and family) returns.

Tax Professional
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Sylvia M. Faust

Tax Professional
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Sylvia M. Faust

Tax Professional

Sylvia graduated from Muskingum College with a BS degree in Elementary Education.  She received a Master's degree in Special Education from the University of Florida and taught elementary school in Marion County, Florida. She later taught special education for several years in Palm Beach County.  Sylvia has worked as a seasonal tax preparer with our firm since 1983.  She attends numerous tax seminars and classes.

Audit Professional
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Pamela D. Freitas

Audit Professional
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Pamela D. Freitas

Pamela D. Freitas

Audit Professional

Pamela joined Holyfield & Thomas in February of 2020.  She has over five years of public accounting experience. Before joining the Firm, Pamela worked at local CPA firms performing audits and tax services for corporations, both for-profit and not-for-profit. She also has experience in trusts, partnerships and personal tax returns. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of Miami. She loves to travel, is fluent in Spanish and knows conversational Portuguese. Pamela and her husband live in West Palm Beach.

Audit Senior
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Aline Gratton

Audit Senior
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Aline Gratton

Aline Gratton

Audit Senior

Aline Gratton joined Holyfield & Thomas, LLC in 2012 as a staff accountant in the audit department. Aline graduated Summa Cum Laude from Strayer University in 2012, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. In June 2017, Aline obtained a Master’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting from Strayer University, where she was the recipient of the Golden Key Academic Award. Prior to joining Holyfield & Thomas, LLC, Aline was an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Palm Beach State College. Aline is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). Aline also volunteers with several Special Needs non-profits including Special Olympics. Aline enjoys cooking and the outdoors, and she resides with her family in the West Palm Beach area.

Audit Supervisor
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Teri L. Hackwith, CPA, CGMA

Audit Supervisor
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Teri L. Hackwith, CPA

Teri L. Hackwith, CPA, CGMA

Audit Supervisor

Teri Hackwith joined the Firm in July 2003 and currently serves as one of the Firm's Audit Supervisors. Teri has over 20 years of experience in accounting and has been in public accounting both in Washington State and Florida. She has experience in a number of different industries, including retail, not-for-profit, service businesses, country clubs and employee benefit plans. Teri graduated Cum Laude from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting. She is responsible for the auditing and accounting matters of several important client relationships. Teri is licensed in the State of Florida and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). Teri and her son reside in Palm Beach Gardens.

Tax Senior
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Aaron I. Hershman, CPA

Tax Senior
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Aaron I. Hershman, CPA

Aaron I. Hershman, CPA

Tax Senior

Aaron joined Holyfield & Thomas, LLC in February of 2019.  He started his accounting career in 2008 in the forensic field, initially working on business valuations and divorce cases. He also has provided tax services for high net worth individuals, small businesses, trusts and estates, and private foundations. Aaron graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He also holds a Master's degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Aaron is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). He is a native of West Palm Beach, where he resides with his wife and daughter.

Tax Professional
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Justin M. Knowles

Tax Professional
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Justin Knowles

Justin M. Knowles

Tax Professional

Justin Knowles joined Holyfield & Thomas in January 2017. Prior to joining the Firm, Justin was an associate at a local law firm where he assisted clients with tax planning and preparation needs, as well as IRS litigation and non-litigation issues.  Justin graduated Cum Laude from Kaplan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and is a graduate of the Keller Graduate School of Management, where he earned Master of Science Degrees in Accounting and Financial Management.  He is a certified QuickBooks user and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Justin and his family reside in Lake Worth.

Audit Professional
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Scott Z. Kurtz

Audit Professional
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Scott Z. Kurtz

Scott Z. Kurtz

Audit Professional

Scott joined Holyfield & Thomas in 2018 as an audit professional. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Baker College in Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accountancy, Scott worked as an auditor at a regional CPA firm specializing in the hedge fund industry and later as a corporate accountant at a publicly traded REIT specializing in privatized corrections, detention and mental-health treatment. Scott is an alumni member of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity and enjoys playing golf in his spare time.

Audit Supervisor
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Rosi G. Larrieux, CPA

Audit Supervisor
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Rosi G. Larrieux, CPA

Rosi G. Larrieux, CPA

Audit Supervisor

Rosi joined Holyfield & Thomas, LLC in 2013. She has over 20 years of experience in public and private accounting, including three years as Forensic Accountant for a local CPA firm and 11 years as an Accountant for not-for-profit and private organizations. Due to her broad work experience, Rosi has in-depth understanding of the accounting and financial needs of both not-for-profit and private organizations. She earned a Master's degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Rosi is licensed in the State of Florida and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). Rosi is fluent in Spanish and served as a member of the FICPA's Accounting Principles and Accounting Standards Committee from 2015 to 2018.

Tax Senior
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Leslie K. Milton, CPA

Tax Senior
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Leslie K. Milton, CPA

Leslie K. Milton, CPA

Tax Senior

Leslie Milton has been with Holyfield & Thomas LLC for over 20 years. She has significant experience in many areas of federal taxation, and has worked for national firms including Laventhol and Horwath, and Coopers and Lybrand. Her client list covers a wide variety of industries and entity types, including corporations, partnerships, LLC’s, trusts and non-profits. Leslie remains active in tax-oriented associations, including the Palm Beach Tax Institute.  Leslie resides in the West Palm Beach area.

Tax Supervisor
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Kelli J. Przybyla

Tax Supervisor
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Kelli Przybyla

Kelli J. Przybyla

Tax Supervisor

Kelli Przybyla joined Holyfield & Thomas, LLC in 2013 as a Senior Accountant with over 10 years of experience. She has provided tax services for individuals, small businesses, international companies, trusts and estates, and non-profit organizations. Kelli received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.

Tax Senior
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Edward S. Sager, CPA

Tax Senior
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Edward S. Sager, CPA

Edward S. Sager, CPA

Tax Senior

Ed joined Holyfield & Thomas, LLC in 2006 as a Senior Accountant with 32 years experience.  Edward practices primarily in the tax area and is responsible for many of the firm's most involved and extensive accounting and reporting engagements, including multi-tiered domestic and foreign partnerships, consolidated organizations, intricate trust accountings, and complex individual and corporate matters.

Audit Professional
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Mo Thornton

Audit Professional
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Mo A. Thornton
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Mo A. Thornton

Audit Professional

Mo joined Holyfield & Thomas in 2018 as an audit professional after working 30 years with Palm Beach County municipalities. Her experience includes managing the budget and finances for two local communities.  She also has worked with non-profit organizations in the West Palm Beach Area.  Mo has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.  She enjoys reading and gardening, and she resides in Wellington with her family.

Tax Professional
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Drenda S. Tilton

Tax Professional
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Drenda Tilton

Drenda S. Tilton

Tax Professional

Drenda joined Holyfield & Thomas, LLC in 2005 as a Staff Accountant with 34 years of experience in tax and accounting. Drenda is particularly helpful with complex client accounting and related remediation.  She is familiar with multiple accounting systems, and has particularly strong skills with QuickBooks.

Administration

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Controller
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Lourdes R. Holyfield

Controller
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David J. Thomas, III, CPA

Lourdes R. Holyfield

Controller

Lourdes is the Controller at Holyfield & Thomas, LLC. Lourdes has been with the firm since it was founded in 1982. Prior to Holyfield & Thomas, Lourdes worked for Coopers & Lybrand in the Miami office as the bookkeeper. Lourdes is fluent in Spanish and has volunteered with various organizations in the West Palm Beach area.

Office Manager
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Andrea J. Lazarus

Office Manager
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Andrea J. Lazarus

Andrea J. Lazarus

Office Manager

Tax Secretary
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Cynthia L. Bowdoin

Tax Secretary
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Cynthia L. Bowdoin

Tax Secretary

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
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Terri M. Rivera

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
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Terri M. Rivera

Terri M. Rivera

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant