Fall is in the air, but we are still reminiscing about the amazing summer we had! The firm was able to take some breaks and enjoy summer by traveling, recharging, and spending time with our families and friends. Whether we took vacations or decided on staycations, we made the most of the summer months!

Welcome new hires!

Sara-Kelly Hawes joined us on July 12 as a Tax Associate and Nicolle Stewart joined us on September 1 as an Administrative Associate! Welcome, Nicolle and Sara-Kelly!

Where We’ve Been

We just wrapped up another successful college recruiting season! We attended UNC-Greensboro’s Meet the Firms event on August 23 and North Carolina State University’s Meet The Firms event on August 31.  Thanks to both for hosting such fun events!

On September 9, ten members of the Blackman & Sloop team attended Business North Carolina’s “Best Employers in North Carolina” Awards Gala in Greensboro, NC. The Best Employers in North Carolina is a survey and awards program dedicated to identifying and recognizing the area’s best employers and providing organizations with valuable employee feedback. Employees and their employers are polled on dozens of topics, from recruiting practices to recognition programs. 2021 marked the third consecutive year that Blackman & Sloop was selected to the list, coming in at # 3.

On August 19, a group from Blackman & Sloop volunteered with The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, spending the morning sorting school supplies and stuffing bags for public school teachers.

Office Happenings

On September 23, we kicked off our Diversity and Inclusion Lunch Bunch.  The series allows team members to have lunch together while discussing a podcast, blog, or book that covers topics in equity, diversity and inclusion. You can check out the first podcast we discussed entitled “If Diversity is our Strength, Inclusion is our Superpower” here.

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

Work Anniversaries:

  • Dauer Lewis 6 years on 6/16
  • Carla Daniel 38 years on 6/30
  • Kari Bohning 4 years on 7/12
  • Andrea Eason 28 years on 7/19
  • Yusif Al-Yemeni 1 year on 7/27
  • Candy Kirby 37 years on 7/30
  • Amy Ford 4 years on 7/31
  • Deetra Watson 16 years on 8/1
  • Adrienne Shoaf 3 years on 8/1
  • Katie Ledford 4 years on 8/1
  • Tyler Chambers 5 years on 8/1
  • Paige Otos 6 years on 8/3
  • Rob Lewis 23 years on 8/17
  • Ben Johnson 9 years on 8/27
  • Joe Beaudin 7 years on 8/29
  • Jude Bewlay 3 years on 9/19
  • Zach Waddell 2 years on 9/23


  • Mikayla Zucker 6/1
  • Paige Otos 6/4
  • Amy Ford 6/7
  • Sara-Kelly Hawes 6/7
  • Tyler Chambers 6/15
  • Jen Lewis 6/23
  • Katie Ledford 6/30
  • Sue Canon 7/8
  • Adrienne Shoaf 7/17
  • Dauer Lewis 7/17
  • Joyce Davis 7/27
  • Alesia Husband 8/2
  • Susan Puryear 8/17
  • Rachel Bullock 8/22
  • Cole Dixon 8/24
  • Laura Bennett 9/4
  • Deetra Watson 9/8