Personnel

Christopher Kemp PC consists of a carefully-chosen team of CPAs and other individuals who mesh practical business experience with technical expertise.  In addition to our public accounting backgrounds, we have personal experience in private industry as business and project managers, CIOs, CFOs, and Controllers, the depth and breadth of our varied business backgrounds helping to make us that much better advisors. Over the years, our firm has worked with a wide variety of individuals and companies.

Christopher Kemp

Chris Kemp began his business career in 1975, spending seven years with the international accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers), rising from the position of Senior Auditor to Tax Manager. Chris is a CPA, license no. 13801 from North Carolina. Chris has a:

  • BA Degree with highest honors in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego, and
  • An MBA Degree, with dual majors in Finance and in Computers and Information Systems, from the University of California at Los Angeles.
  • A teaching fellow while a PhD candidate in Psychology at Indiana University,
  • Chris participated in the Masters In Taxation degree program at the University of Southern California,
  • and has studied economics and mathematics at Stanford University.

In addition to being a CPA, Chris is

  • a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA),
  • a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), and a member of
  • the business national honor society Beta Gamma Sigma
  • the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • the Institute of Internal Auditors
  • the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, and
  • the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Irene Hymanson

Irene joined the firm in 2016 and is working out of our Mooresville office.  Irene is a seasoned CPA with over 28 years of experience in public accounting.  She has assisted individuals, as well as businesses of all sizes, with their tax and accounting matters.  Irene is a member of the AICPA and is licensed in both North Carolina (license no. 39353) and New York (license no. 061539).  A New York native, she now lives in Huntersville with her family.

Irene says:  “Being a very detailed oriented person I enjoy the challenge of identifying and solving problems.  I get satisfaction out of helping my clients with their tax responsibilities and assisting them in keeping their records accurate and up to date.  I’m excited to be in my new home state of beautiful North Carolina and I look forward to building relationships with our clients.”

LeeAnn Payne

LeeAnn found her way “back home” to the Elkin area and now is the point person in our office. With over 20 years in the accounting and tax field, LeeAnn combines industry know-how in bookkeeping and payroll with her natural good nature. The Elkin office is flourishing with her enthusiastic and talented presence.

LeeAnn says: “I enjoy helping people and going the extra mile to make our clients feel happy.  I love numbers and problem solving – it’s like putting a puzzle together.  We have a wonderful staff, so we have fun getting the job done while building great relationships with our clients.  I am really happy to be working again in my home town in a community I love.”