Charlotte, North Carolina
- Audit & assurance
Annette is an Advisory Services Partner based in Charlotte. Her career spans a broad array of consulting, litigation support, forensic accounting services, and audit experience with a specialty in regulatory compliance consulting. As highlighted below, she has led multiple large-scale regulatory compliance projects for some of the country’s most vital financial institutions as well as major telecommunications companies.
Annette’s primary focus is to continuously explore opportunities to provide strategic, innovative solutions that help our clients achieve their growth and business objectives. Her goal is to build globally integrated client relationships and leverage the entire Grant Thornton team to support our client’s success.
In prior roles, Annette served as the lead engagement partner of a national team who conducted performance audits of telecommunications entities on behalf of a governmental agency, testing and opining on the entities' compliance with federal laws and regulations.
Annette also served as the lead engagement partner on an assignment for the Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight (OMSO) focused on one of the top five U.S. banks. During the four year engagement, she was responsible for the overall project management and compliance assessments as set forth in the National Mortgage Settlement.
Annette has managed a regulatory compliance engagement that developed controls and process tests in order to then perform testing of loans for compliance with the Making Home Affordable Program. This national team of more than 70 professionals developed a compliance assessment program, executed the assessments, and standardized project reporting.
During an investigation of a major loan fraud for a group of lenders, she led fieldwork, which included the acquisition of more than 100,000 documents, interviews, and coordination of the computer forensic acquisition of servers and personal computers. Her team obtained evidence showing how the fraud scheme was perpetrated, prepared extensive analysis used to support affidavits filed for asset recovery efforts, and generated reports to the lenders’ board of directors.
Prior to joining Grant Thornton’s Advisory Services practice in 2005, Annette practiced with other international accounting firms where she provided litigation support, forensic accounting services and audit and assurance services to public and private companies.
Professional qualifications and memberships
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA), NC License #28400
- Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
- American Heart Association Go Red for Women – Charlotte Executive Leadership Team
- Executive Sponsor – Woman at Grant Thornton Business Resource Group
- Leadership Charlotte (Class 40), alumni
- Hope Haven (Former Chair and Board Member)
- BS Accounting and Business Administration, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
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