Mr. Garner started his career with PBMares in 2007 as an intern and has never left. As leader of the Not-for-Profit Team at PBMares, his objectives include growing the firm’s relationships with not-for-profit entities, bringing useful materials to the not-for-profit community through thought leadership, and bringing efficiency to both the firm’s not-for-profit practice and clients. He maintains relationships and oversees attest engagements with the firm’s not-for-profit, healthcare, and contractor clients.
Professional affiliations for Mr. Garner include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) where he serves on the Innovation Committee. He is also a regular presenter at VSCPA events. At the local level, Mr. Garner is an active member of the VSCPA Tidewater Chapter where he volunteers regularly to educate college students about the accounting profession and the transition into the workforce.
Mr. Garner has been named a CPA Practice Advisor Top 40 Under 40 award winner and a Top 40 Under 40 by Inside Business. In addition, he was a recipient of the VSCPA’s Top 5 Under 35 award and a past recipient of Virginia Business magazine’s Super CPA recognition in the Young CPA category.
A recognized authority in the not-for-profit industry, Mr. Garner has been featured as a guest columnist on the Guidestar Blog and in Virginia Business and Disclosures, a publication of the VSCPA. He is also published regularly in Inside Business as a not-for-profit expert. Recent articles include “Corporate Giving Trends and Best Practices” and “Nonprofit Financial Statements: Change is Coming”, as well as those listed lower on this page. In addition, he has served as a presenter on various topics related to the not-for-profit industry.
An active member of the community, he participates in various volunteer activities as a member of the North Suffolk Rotary Club. In 2020, he was appointed to the Finance and Audit Committee of FirstSpark as well as to the Board and Treasurer of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation. In 2021, he was appointed to the Board of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce where he serves as the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. Also in 2021, he was appointed to the Finance and Strategy Committee of the Hampton Roads Workforce Council.