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The SME CPA Story


Established in 1952 in Augusta, Georgia, the CPA firm Bell & Serotta called the Marion Building home. Founder Elliott Serotta focused on offering the best accounting service to his clients with uncompromising integrity.

Inspired by Elliott's commitment to the Augusta community, E.J. Maddocks followed in his footsteps and joined the firm in 1963. Upon completion of his CPA certificate, he eventually became a partner.

Elliott's son, Abram Serotta, began assisting in the office from the age of 15. When he graduated in 1970, he joined the firm, already well-versed in his father's passion and vision for the business.

When Elliott unexpectedly passed away in 1971, Abram and E.J. jointly purchased the company. Being of a relatively young age at the time, they worked hard to earn the trust of existing clients. Their success in this endeavor allowed them to not only preserve prevailing business, but they cultivated new business as well.

The company continued to build their reputation as a full-service accounting firm over the next 20 years. In 1993, Rick Evans joined the team, utilizing his expertise to expand the firm's audit practice. The practice reflected its growth with the name changing to Serotta Maddocks Evans CPAs.

Sixteen years later in 2009, Michelle Bennett, Jay Sanders, Andrea Usry and Paul Wade purchased ownership from E.J. while he continued to offer his expertise to the firm as a partner. The firm showed it's appreciation for this leadership in 2009 by maintaining the initials of the long-standing partners in its new name, SME CPAs.

In September 2012, SME CPAs merged with Coursey & Associates. Continued success led to a merger with Wanda F. Scott CPA in 2015, which formed a location in Aiken, South Carolina. With our growth in Aiken being steady, in 2017 SME CPAs merged with Snyder and Stewart, PC.


As of today, SME CPAs is one of the oldest and largest accounting firms in the greater Augusta region and was the first professional CPA firm in Georgia. We continue the tradition of offering solution-focused accounting services with our two offices along the state line.

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