The holidays are fast approaching and there is so much to be thankful for! The amazing team at Blackman & Sloop have really made it one of the best firms to work for! Here is what the team has been up to since our last newsletter.

Promotions and New Hires:

Welcome to our newest team member, Zach Waddell. Zach joined the Blackman & Sloop team on September 23 as a Business Advisory Associate.

Congratulations to Gabby Gaudette and John Duty on obtaining their CPA certifications! Your hard work has paid off!


Another successful college recruiting season has just come to an end!  Thanks to UNC- Greensboro, North Carolina State University, and East Carolina for great Meet the Firms Events!

On October 14-16, Rob Lewis, Andrea Eason, and Deetra Watson attended Upstream Academy’s “Boot Camp for integrating Data Analytics Into Your Firm and Your Service Offerings”. The group learned more about how strategically assessing the right data can provide better attest services and enhance our advisory service offerings for clients.

Volunteerism/Community Events:

As part of our commitment to the NCACPA’s 100 days of service, Blackman & Sloop hosted donation drives for two local organizations. During the month of September, we held a food donation drive and partnered with TABLE, an organization that provides healthy emergency food aid to children in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and neighboring Orange County communities through their hunger relief and nutrition education programs. More information can be found here:

During the month of October, Blackman & Sloop partnered with Dress for Success Triangle to empower women to achieve economic independence one job at a time. We hosted a clothing and accessory drive to provide Dress for Success clients with gently used or new shoes, handbags and scarves to accessorize their interview suits and dresses. Thank you to all who participated for your support of women in the Triangle and this great organization! For more information, visit

Office Happenings:

As part of our continuing commitment to our Wellness Initiative, some staff members took a break from the office and headed out for a boxing class.

We celebrated Halloween by coming to work in costume and tasting chili at our annual chili cook off and potluck lunch.

Employee News (Births, marriages, anniversaries, birthdays): 

Congratulations to Kari Bohning and her husband, Joel! Elliott Ivan was born at 3:20pm August 28th, weighing 8 pounds 13 ounces and measuring 21.5 inches long!

Work Anniversaries:

  • Jude Bewlay, 1 year on 9/19
  • Susan Puryear, 3 years on 10/3
  • Mikayla Zucker, 1 year on 10/19
  • Alesia Husband, 5 years on 10/27


  • Deetra Watson, 9/8
  • Laura Bennett, 9/4
  • Elizabeth Mauch, 10/6
  • Zach Waddell, 10/8