James E. (Ed) Roberson, CPA (Member)


James (Ed) Roberson, CPA joined the firm in December, 1993. Ed is a graduate of Appalachian State University where he majored in accounting and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He became an owner/member of the firm on July 1, 1998. While working for Roberson CPA Firm, PLLC, Ed has acquired experience in accounting, auditing and taxation. He is now the managing member of the firm.

Ed was born in Durham, NC where he attended Northern Durham High School. Ed and his son, Anson live in Hillsborough. Ed is passionate about offshore fishing. He mostly fishes in Cape Hatteras, NC and North Myrtle Beach, SC. In the summer of 2007, Ed did work necessary to receive his Captain's License. Ed has been a beekeeper and is currently building a boat. He also is a Duke fan and enjoys attending the basketball games with his father.

He is active in the community by serving as a Board Member of the Duke Blue Devil Club, a member of the adult committee that oversees the operations of Boy Scout Troop 440 at Watts Street Baptist Church and serves as a member of the Durham BB&T Local Advisory Board. Ed and Anson attend Mount Bethel Presbyterian Church. He is also a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

When asked about his greatest achievement, Ed is most proud of receiving the rank of Eagle Scout in 1988. He was also awarded Sertoman of the Year in 2005.

About working at Roberson CPA Firm, PLLC he said, "I have really enjoyed the friendships and business relationships that I have developed through the years."

North Carolina CPA Certificate Number: 24931

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William F. (Fred) Roberson, CPA (Member)


William F. (Fred) Roberson, CPA began business on May 1, 1981. Fred, the founder and member of the firm, brought a total of 29 years of accounting experience in private and public accounting. Fred received a Liberal Arts degree from Louisburg College and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from East Carolina University.

Fred began his accounting career in 1965 with the firm of Phillip W. Hutchings, Jr., CPA. He joined the army reserve in 1967 and upon completion of active duty left public accounting to become controller at a private business until 1971. The enjoyment of public accounting led Fred to join Ricca, Nelson, Gantt and Company. He became a partner in 1974 and stayed until 1980 when the firm merged with Touche Ross and company. At this time, Fred and Andy Curl formed Roberson and Curl, CPAs. The firm experienced rapid growth and both Fred and Andy desired to divide the firm and operate smaller practices. The firm divided on May 1, 1989, and Fred's firm became William F. Roberson, CPA. On July 1, 1998, the firm changed its operating entity from a sole proprietorship to a professional limited liability company and the name became William F. Roberson CPA, PLLC. On July 1, 1999, Fred’s son, James Edward Roberson (Ed) became a member (owner) of the firm. Five years later, on July 1, 2004, the firm purchased Linda Whitaker, CPA and Ed became the managing partner. Throughout his career, Fred has worked in Durham in relatively small accounting practices offering quality, timely and personal service.

A proud Durham native, Fred still lives here with his wife, Connie, a former high school business teacher. He has the joy of working with both his wife, the firm administrator, and his son and partner, Ed. His daughter, Kristen, is a former high school Spanish and math teacher at Reynolds High School and Ronald Reagan High School and currently a Realtor with Leonard Ryden Burr in Winston-Salem.

Some of the organizations where Fred has participated and supported are:

· Trinity United Methodist Church as Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, Chair of Administrative Board;

· Friendly North State Sertoma Club for over thirty (30) years in all offices, including President five times; Fred was named Sertoman of the Year in 1971, 1976, 1991 and 1996.

· Croasdaile Country Club Board of Directors twelve (12) years, Finance Committee twenty six (26) years, President five (5) years;

· Durham Sports Club, Board member three (3) years;

· Louisburg College, Board of Trustees twenty (20) years, Board Chair five (5) years;

· Still involved with Learning Partners – a program for college students who learn differently, retired as Trustee Emeritus and received the President’s Medallion for service; He was named Alumni of the Year for 2005-2006 at Louisburg College.

· Blue Devil Club, current Board member along with his son, Ed;

· North Carolina CPA Foundation as a Board Member and President for two (2) years.

He is currently a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for over forty (40) years.

When Fred has a free moment, he enjoys walking on the beach and looking for shells. He has played golf since he was 10 years old and is proud of his 3 to 5 handicap status for most of the past forty years. He is addicted to college basketball, especially as a fan of the Duke Blue Devils. Fred played recreational basketball until aged 63.

When asked about his career, he said, “My entire public accounting career has been with small local firms. Working with small businesses has been and continues to be a very enjoyable and satisfying experience. Not only does helping people with business, management, tax and estate planning make my time more worthwhile, but some of these people have become great friends. The relationships developed in a practice like ours if much more important than the work we do.”

North Carolina CPA Certificate Number: 4351

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