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About Our Firm

Carey & Company, P.A., in business since 1991, 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 19 person southern Beaufort county based CPA firm consisting of CPA's, enrolled agents, staff accountants, bookkeepers, payroll specialists and a support staff.

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 has over 40 years of experience in taxation and auditing, and opened Carey & Company, PA in 1991.

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

In his spare time, Pat stays active enjoying biking, exercising, and spending time with his grandsons. 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 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 CPA’s, Sea Island Chapter of CPA’s and Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Dean is also a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island and the Hilton Head Area Council of Estates & Financial Advisors, Inc.

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

John Britschge, CPA - Principal 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 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, South Carolina Association of CPA’s and Sea Island Chapter of CPA’s.

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.

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

Tom is a graduate of Seton Hall University in New Jersey and has over 35 years of experience in both public and private accounting. He joined the firm after moving full time to Hilton Head in 2013. Tom is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and South Carolina Association of CPA’s.

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

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

Rhonda is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. She has over 30 years of experience in both public and private accounting. 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.

Randall Herrington, CPA - Senior Accountant 843-681-4430

Randall is a graduate from the University of Louisville with a degree in Accountancy, and is a University of Kentucky Finance degree graduate. Randall holds active CPA licenses in both South Carolina and Kentucky, and has over 17 years of experience in both public and private accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, South Carolina Association of CPA’s, Sea Island Chapter of CPA’s and Kentucky Society of CPA's.

Randall moved to South Carolina from Kentucky and is looking forward to exploring and learning more about Hilton Head after years of vacationing on the island. In his spare time, Randall enjoys traveling with his wife, sports, outdoor activities and is taking on learning the game of golf.

Joan Richardson - Staff Accountant 843-681-4430

Joan is a graduate of Westminster College (PA) with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and a minor in Communication.

Joan is a graduate of the 2021-2022 Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program. Joan has served on the Leadership Program's Board of Regents since she graduated from the Class of 2022. Joan is also a member of the South Carolina Association of CPA's, where she previously served as Chair and Vice Chair for the Sea Island Chapter.

Joan joined Carey & Company in 2020 after vacationing in Hilton Head for the past ten years. In her spare time, Joan enjoys swimming, reading, and spending time with her family.

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. 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.

William Masterton- Staff Accountant 843-681-4430

Bill is a Certified Public Accountant with nearly three decades of experience in various sectors of the healthcare industry. He began his career at KPMG, a leading public accounting firm, and then moved on to hold senior leadership positions such as CEO, CFO and COO in different types of hospitals, including investor-owned, non-profit, academic and multi-hospital systems.

Bill holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of South Florida. He is currently licensed in both Florida and South Carolina .

Hunter Parrott- Staff Accountant 843-681-4430

Hunter is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. He joined Carey & Company in 2023.

Hunter is a member of the South Carolina Association of CPA's. He was born and raised on Hilton Head Island and enjoys tennis, running, outdoor activities, and being with friends and family.

Courtney McHaffie - Bookkeeper 843-681-4430

Courtney joined Carey & Company in February 2018 as seasonal administrative support. In July 2021, she transitioned to a full-time bookkeeper.

Courtney moved from Flushing, MI to Bluffton, SC in 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 3 children, going to the beach, reading, and riding her bike.

Lisa Milburn- Bookkeeper 843-681-4430

Lisa comes to Carey & Company with over 30 years of public and private accounting experience. She graduated with honors from Georgia Southern University with a Master's Degree in Adult Education.

Originally from Savannah, GA, Lisa and her husband moved to Bluffton in 2006. She enjoys family time, art, antiques, fine dining, and adventuring with her yorkie, Ellie.

Mary Viola-Barber- Office Manager 843-681-4430

Mary joined Carey & Company as the Office Manager in 2023. She has over 12 years of experience as an Office Manager and Bookkeeper and has been employed in government, public and private offices during her career.

Mary fulfilled her life-long dream of moving south by relocating from Pennsylvania to South Carolina in 2021. She loves her new home state and is looking forward to spending time with her husband enjoying the beaches, parks, theatre and learning to golf. Mary also enjoys spending time with her four children and grandchildren. Her and her husband, Dino, reside in Margaritaville.

Alissa Carey- Receptionist 843-681-4430

Alissa joined Carey & Company as a receptionist in 2022.

Alissa is a Hilton Head Island native who enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She spends her spare time at the beach, reading, and baking.

Stephanie Cerrato- Receptionist 843-681-4430

Stephanie joined Carey & Company in 2023 as a receptionist for our Bluffton office. She has 4 years of experience working in the accounting field and is currently pursuing her degree in Business Administration.

Stephanie is a Bluffton native and enjoys spending time with her Cocker Spaniel, Lyla. You can find her most days sitting in her back yard watching the sunset with her husband.

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