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Principals

Mark Schou, CPAMark Schou, CPA

Mark serves as the firm’s managing partner and has over 27 years of experience in both private industry and public accounting. In 1994, he merged his public accounting firm with two of the firm’s founding partners, Ben Cornelius and Andy Culpepper. Mark’s areas of focus include design of business and tax structures, start-up, mergers and acquisitions of privately held companies and tax and business advisement in both the United States and Mexico.

Mark is a native of Jacksonville and is actively involved in the Jacksonville community. He is currently serving, or has served, on a variety of committees and boards of directors including: The Leukemia Society of America, International Resource Center of Jacksonville, Mental Health Resource Center, Inc., Department of Health and HRS – Rotary Club of Jacksonville, Pop Warner Youth Football, The Terry Parker High School Alumni Fund and Deermeadows Baptist Church. Mark is also an active member in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and CPA USA Association.

Upon graduation from Terry Parker High School in 1982, Mark attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he played collegiate football for two years before returning to Jacksonville to complete his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of North Florida. He later received his Master of Science Degree in Business from the University of Miami. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida.

 

John, “Jack” Leone, CPAJohn, “Jack” Leone, CPA

Jack has over 28 years of experience in accounting, 23 of those years in private practice. Jack’s areas of focus include automobile dealers, contractors, restaurants and franchises and home owners associations. He also has extensive experience in personal and business tax / accounting matters.

Jack is a native of Boston but began calling Jacksonville home in 1985. He is actively involved in the Jacksonville community serving on a variety of committees and boards of directors including: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Alliance for the Lost Boys of Sudan and The Harvey Bernhardt Foundation. He is an active member in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Affordable Housing Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Upon graduation from high school in 1981, Jack attended the University of Maine where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Jack was a four-year starter on the University of Maine Black Bears 1-AA collegiate football team and still and holds the record as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Jack also attended the University of North Florida where he obtained his requirements to become a CPA in the State of Florida. Jack is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in both Florida and Massachusetts.

 

Walter Johnston, CPA

Walter has over 33 years of experience in accounting, 30 of those years in private practice. Walter’s areas of focus include For Profit and Non-Profit Audits and tax / IRS reporting as well as taxation of closely held businesses and their owners. He also has extensive experience in Governmental Audits and reporting and Single Audit compliance and reporting.

Walter is a native of Tifton, Georgia but began calling Jacksonville home in 1984. He is actively involved in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and various ministries of Chets Creek Church.

Upon graduation from high school in 1977, Walter attended Valdosta State University where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.  Walter is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida.

 

Ben Cornelius, CPA

After 30 years in public accounting, Ben retired from full-time practice in 2007.  Ben’s expertise includes trusts, estate planning and personal income and business tax planning. He holds a BA in business administration from Belmont Abbey College and is a licensed CPA in the state of Florida.

He continues to be available as necessary. Ben is a co-founder of the firm.

 

Andy Culpepper, CPA

After 25 years in public accounting, Andy retired from full-time practice in 1997. He continues to be available to his former clients as necessary. Andy still helps us during the busy filing season. Andy is a co-founder of the firm.  He holds a MA and BA in accounting from the University of Georgia and is a licensed CPA in the state of Florida.