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f\ A e e t ' [ ng' getting to know / \ / I people and their needs and I V I helping them is what I enjoy doing most," says Charlie Chewning. And this attitude is reflected in every aspect of the operation of the H&S Raleigh office, where he is partner in charge. Charlie joined the Firm's Charlotte office in December 1960 after nearly three years in the Air Force. He received a B. A. in accounting from Duke University, where he was active in the Air Force ROTC program and was the recipient of the Most Distinguished Cadet Award in his senior year. Upon graduation in 1957, Charlie decided to pursue his career with a national accounting firm in New York City because, he recalls, "1 thought it was the best place to go to get the most diversified training in the profession." After nearly a year in New York, Charlie was called to active duty as an officer in the Air Force in which he served as a navigator on air refueling tankers in the Strategic Air Command. "I enjoyed the opportunities for travel and the responsibility for making decisions that the Air Force gave me," he says. "I was assigned to bases in San Antonio and Waco, Texas and in Shreveport, Louisiana and flew numerous missions across the United States and to Newfoundland and Labrador, where I also had temporary duty assignments." In 1960 Charlie opted for an early release from the Air Force to return to public accounting in New York. "I considered making the military a career at one time," he recalls, "but realized that I had not explored public accounting fully and that my real interest was in becoming a certified public accountant and working with people in a number of different industries and situations." Although Charlie intended to return to New York, after several weeks of vacation and visiting with friends and family in North Carolina, he and his wife Ruth decided they would settle in North Carolina and that Charlie would take a position with a bank or a public accounting firm. "I started interviews with national accounting firms in 1960 by visiting several with offices in North Carolina. As was the case in 1957 during campus interviews at Duke, I was most impressed with the H&S people I met in Charlotte and with the large and diversified clientele of the H&S Charlotte office," he said. Accepting the offer to join the H&S Charlotte professional staff "was an easy decision and one which has been most satisfying because of the many opportunities to work with outstanding clients and for me and my family to make many new friends," Charlie recalls. "In 19601 felt that H&S was the best CPA firm and now I am convinced that it is. Our professional attitude, the quality of our personnel and their constructive approach to service make the difference." Charlie remembers well his first assignments for H&S in Charlotte. "It was a quick return to public accounting. I was surprised and pleased to be put in charge of several audits after only a few months with the Firm," he said, "and will always be grateful to Don Williams, now office manager in Charlotte, for the help he gave me on my first in-charge assignment." While in Charlotte, Charlie gained varied experience in auditing financial institutions, textile producers, utilities, insurance companies, retail operations, and different types of manufacturing and service companies. He was in charge of a number of special, acquisition and first audits. Charlie was appointed manager in 1967 and assumed increased responsibility for our savings and loan practice in Charlotte. Later that year he became the manager responsible for five new S&L clients. In 1969 and again in 1970, Charlie served as co-administrator of the Firm's Executive Office Report Review program in New York City. Under the program, part of the Firm's overall quality control effort, partners and managers from throughout the Firm review reports issued by our offices. "My work on the program gave me a strong appreciation of our national practice and of the high quality of our work, as well as experience with financial statements and reporting practices in all segments of our economy," he said. In early 1970, Bill Stewart, then partner in charge of the Charlotte office, asked Charlie if he would take charge of opening another H&S office in the Carolinas. "Starting a Raleigh office," Charlie explains, "was part of an operating plan formulated in the early 1960s to increase the number of H&S offices in the Carolinas. The objective was to establish full-service offices in locations near our clients so we could be more responsive to their needs while at the same time reducing travel by our accountants. We now have seven H&S offices in the Carolinas, more than any other national accounting firm. "Our primary objective in opening the Raleigh office was to provide our
People in H&S: Charlie Chewning
Chewning, O. Charlie
Keller, Thomas F.
Chewning, O. Charlie
Keller, Thomas F.
Haskins & Sells. Raleigh Office
Haskins & Sells. Charlotte Office
H&S Reports, Vol. 14, (1977 autumn), p. 34-37
|Source||Originally published by: Haskins & Sells|
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|Digital Publisher||University of Mississippi Library. Accounting Collection|