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About Our Firm

Carey & Company, P.A. is committed to providing professional, timely, comprehensive accounting services to our clients using a balance of innovation and practicality. The Firm staffs their engagements with people who reflect the values, ethics and dedication of our profession, thereby ensuring the best possible service to every client on every assignment.

We are committed to your success, and make it our business to know your business well enough to improve your tax position, capital position, business structure and benefits packages, acquisition potential, and much more. We earn our fees by adding value to your company. We have learned a great deal since we began in this business, and we are ready to apply this knowledge to enhance your company's growth and success. Together we can conquer all of the intricacies of doing business in today's fast-paced economy. We are looking forward to working with you.


Carey & Company, P.A. is a 12 person island-based CPA firm currently consisting of five CPA's, two staff accountants, two bookkeepers, 1 Payroll Specialist and support staff of two.

Our Team

Patrick P. Carey, Jr., CPA - Partner 843-681-4430

Pat is a 1981 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has been an island resident since 1977. He started his career at a large local accounting firm in Charleston, SC before moving to Hilton Head Island. He has over 35 years of experience in taxation and auditing, and opened Carey & Company, PA in 1991. The firm has since grown from a two person firm to a thirteen person firm with seven Certified Public Accountants, one staff accountant, three bookkeepers and a support staff of two.

Pat is the Treasurer for People for Parks, a member of the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club, past president of the Sea Island Chapter of CPA’s, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, treasurer of the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Hilton Head and past board member of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.

In his spare time, Pat stays active enjoying biking, swimming, yoga and playing basketball. He and his wife Mary live in Hilton Head Plantation.

Dean A. Cochenour, MBA, CPA - Principal 843-681-4430

Dean is a graduate of Ohio University and received his MBA from Capital University. Dean's diverse and extensive experience includes providing tax planning, compliance and consulting services to business owners and individuals. He has provided audit, tax and accounting services for businesses in the manufacturing, construction, distribution, retail and professional service industries. Prior to joining Carey & Company, P.A., he was a partner of a multi-office CPA firm in Ohio.

Dean is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, Sea Island Chapter of CPAs and Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Dean is a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island.

Dean and his wife, Janet, live in Sea Pines Plantation and enjoy traveling, golf and biking.

Thomas J. Korzik, CPA - Manager 843-681-4430

Tom is a graduate of Seton Hall University in New Jersey and has over 30 years of experience in both public and private accounting. He joined the firm after moving full time to Hilton Head in 2013. He is a member of both the South Carolina and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants.

Tom and his wife, Maureen, have owned a home in Port Royal Plantation since 2006. They both enjoy running, golf and traveling.

John Britschge, CPA - Manager 843-681-4430

John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Nazareth College.

John became certified in New York State in 2002 and has over 20 years experience in public accounting. He was a partner of a CPA firm in Syracuse, NY where he performed tax, accounting and consulting services for a wide variety of business and individual clients.

John is a member of the AICPA SC Association of CPAs and Sea Island Chapter of CPAs .

John, his wife Angela and their four children relocated to Hilton Head in 2015 after vacationing on the island for the last six years. They have made their home in Shipyard Plantation.

John enjoys basketball, golf, fishing and relaxing at the beach.

Rhonda Arant Clark, CPA - Senior Accountant 843-681-4430

Rhonda is a 1988 graduate of the University of South Carolina. She has over 30 years of experience in financial statement preparation, auditing and consulting on accounting issues. Rhonda is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a past member of the AICPA Professional Ethics Committee and Joint Trial Board.

In her spare time, Rhonda enjoys traveling, interior design and church activities. She and her husband live in Hilton Head Plantation.

George Liggett - Staff Accountant 843-681-4430

George joined Carey & Company in February 2015 and is a 1980 graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He passed the Illinois CPA Exam in 1990. George spent 30 years in the food distribution industry in various accounting fields as well as in operations management. He was also President and General Manager of a local niche food distributor in Chicago.

George began doing seasonal tax preparation in Hilton Head in 2011. George and his wife Mel, moved full time to the Island in 2012 from Chicago and reside in Sea Pines Plantation. They enjoy golf, biking and happy hour at the beach. They have two daughters, one in Chicago and one near Durham, NC that they enjoy visiting as often as possible. George is a huge fan of all Chicago sports teams.

Candice Maldonado - Payroll Specialist 843-681-4430

Candice joined Carey and Company, P.A. in January 2019 with 15 years of bookkeeping/accounting experience, previously working for the State of South Carolina. She has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and received her MBA from Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina in 2017.

Candice was raised in Illinois and moved to Beaufort, SC in 1996. She enjoys spending time with her two daughters and going to the beach.

Renee Williams - Office Manager 843-681-4430

Renee joined Carey & Company in December 2018 with over 30 years of accounting experience. She graduated from West Texas A & M University with a Bachelors degree in accounting. She is a a notary public for the State of South Carolina.

Renee is originally from Bowling Green, OH. In 2012, she moved from Flushing, MI to Hilton Head Island, SC. She enjoys kayaking, biking and walking the beach.

  • Carey & Company P.A.
  • 70 Main Street
  • Suite 100
  • Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
  • Telephone: (843) 681-4430
  • Fax: (843) 681-4425