OUR TEAM

Thomas C. Hughes, MBA - International Management

                                                                                                        

Tom Hughes has been actively involved in accounting since 1996. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brigham Young University and a MBA/Master of International Management from top-ranked Thunderbird - The American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona.

Tom has performed extensive development work and presented business strategy seminars in Germany and Russia. In Yekaterinberg, Russia he helped universities, businesses, and local government develop techniques for transitioning to a market economy and for improving business strategies. His work, research and graduate studies have focused on International Marketing, Accounting, and Europe. He is fluent in German and dabbles in Spanish.

Tom started an accounting firm out of his home in 1996. He continued to add forward-thinking accountants and staff through the years to develop Cedar City's premier accounting services firm. He has a complete knowledge of QuickBooks, helping bookkeepers and business owners understand and utilize their accounting records for better management of their business, as well as better tax planning.

He moved to Cedar City, Utah with his wife in 1996. Since then he has added three kids to the family and enjoys spending time with them in sports, the outdoors and music. His hobbies include playing the piano (and keyboard in his band) and the guitar. He has also been the Treasurer for the Iron County Builders Association since 2003.

Specific areas of expertise include:
  • Expert QuickBooks accounting capabilities
  • Management accounting
  • Innovative accounting methods for small businesses
  • Forensic and investigative accounting
  • Accounting for the construction industry
  • Personal and business taxation
  • Business structure and formations
  • Financial analysis, planning and strategy

David D Harris

                                                                                                        

David Harris received his BA degree from Brigham Young University, and a MBA degree from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of Internatinoal Management. Mr. Harris worked for several years with the Franklin Covey Company, where he was invovled in marketing, custom training coordination, and intranet development and management. Mr. Harris also worked with Raytheon Corporation's aircraft division with the Human Resources team and has experience in other sales and marketing positions.

Mr. Harris's studies have centered on Finance, as well as Asian culture and languages. Major projects have included evaluation of the telecommunications infrastructure in Singapore, an analysis of the Asian currency crisis of 1997, and study of the worldwide automotive industry. He is fluent in Japanese and has also studied Mandarin Chinese. Dave enjoys spending time with his wife, Heather, and their six children. He also enjoys music and is the drummer for the band "Spilbeedog."

In addition to working with the Hughes & Associates, Inc. accounting and tax firm, he is a Registered Representative with Allegis Investment Services LLC, member FINRA/SIPC and an Investment Advisor Representative with Allegis Investment Advisors LLC, a SEC Registrered Investment Advisor. 2410 E 25th Circle, Idaho Falls, ID 83404. The branch office is located at 2069 North Main Street, Suite 200, Cedar City, Utah 84721.


Caroline C. Brown, CPA, MAcc

                                                                                                        

Caroline Brown received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southern Utah University and later graduated with a Master of Accountancy degree there in 2002. In school Ms. Brown conducted extensive legal research on cases dealing with the accountant's duty of confidentiality to their clients and the accountant-client privilege at the federal and state levels. Prior to her work in Cedar City, she also previously held a position at a Wyoming CPA firm in which she prepared complex tax returns and performed various bookkeeping duties.

At Hughes & Associates, Inc., Ms. Brown currently prepares personal and business tax returns. She also assists with entity formation, tax planning, and accounting functions of small businesses and has expert capabilities using the QuickBooks accounting program.

Ms. Brown enjoys traveling the world and participating in the community activities specific to Cedar City and Iron County. She enjoys participating and serving with the Cedar City Rotary Club where she is a past president of the club. She is fluent in Spanish.

Specific areas of expertise include:


  • Expert QuickBooks accounting capabilities
  • Innovative accounting methods for small businesses
  • Personal and business taxation
  • Business structure and formations
  • Financial analysis, tax planning, and tax strategies
  • Non-profit management

Ronald K. Thurber, CPA, CMA, MST

                                                                                                        

Ron Thurber received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Utah and earned his Masters in Taxation degree from the University of Illinois - Urbana - Champaign. He was previously a licensed CPA in Illinois and is currently licensed in Utah. He has earned his CMA or Certified Management Accounting certificate and has over six years professional corporate tax experience. He served as the State and Local Tax Manager and as a Federal Tax Manager for PotashCorp, a large multinational corporation.

Mr. Thurber has over ten years financial experience at CPA firms meeting managerial, tax, and financial needs for companies and individuals in a wide range of industries. He has also worked for four years in the banking environment serving as a Manager at Sara Lee Credit Union and as an Assistant Controller at Great Lakes Credit Union in Illinois, and he has experience as a Controller in a manufacturing environment. Ron also served on OneSource State Advisory Council and as a Steering Committee member for a corporate tax software program from Thomson Reuters.

He moved to Cedar City, Utah in 2013 where he grew up, having lived in Parowan and Escalante, Utah as a child. He is an avid runner, having completed 13 marathons including the Boston Marathon three times. He competed in the Utah Summer Games in 2013, earning medals in the 10k and 5k races and continues to participate in various local races. He has also competed in a 100 mile bicycle race in Nevada.

Specific areas of expertise include:
  • QuickBooks accounting capabilities
  • Personal and business taxation
  • Business structure and formations
  • Financial statement preparation, ratio analysis, planning, and strategy
  • Management accounting
  • Developing and implementing tax savings ideas and strategies
  • Business valuations, including evaluating merger and acquisition possibilities
  • Developing internal controls, procedural, and training manuals

Tera Lucky, CPA, MAcc

                                                                                                        

Tera Lucky is a CPA who is well versed in the audit, tax, and bookkeeping sides of accounting.

She has worked for KPMG, one of the top 4 public accounting firms in the country, as well as small and mid-sized public accounting firms. She has run the financial side of several multi-million dollar businesses. Because of these skills, Tera understands how to navigate the logistics of big business but also understands the pitfalls and difficulties of running a small business. She also believes strongly in empowering women to not only succeed but to excel in today's business market.

Ms. Lucky has a Masters Degree in Accountancy from Southern Utah University, a CPA license, and has been in the accounting business for over 20 years.

Tera is the mother of two beautiful children and enjoys traveling the world with her husband any time they can break away. She is an outdoor enthusiast and has an active role in several charitable organizations and community groups.