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Bo Garner, CPA, MBA

TITLE: Partner, Not-for-Profit Team Leader
LOCATION: Newport News

Mr. Garner has more than 12 years of public accounting experience.  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. He also serves as the Chairman of PBMares’ Innovation Council.

Professional affiliations for Mr. Garner include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) where he is serving on the Young Professionals Advisory Council, the Innovation Committee, and the Accounting and Auditing Advisory Committee. He is also a regular presenter at VSCPA events, including the 2018 VSCPA Industry Conference, and was selected to attend the inaugural VSCPA Leadership Academy.  At the local level, Mr. Garner is an active member of the VSCPA Tidewater Chapter, and volunteers regularly to educate college students about the accounting profession and the transition into the workforce.  

In 2017, Mr. Garner was named a CPA Practice Advisor Top 40 Under 40 award winner and a Top 40 Under 40 by Inside Business.  In addition, he is a 2016 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.” In addition, he has served as a presenter on various topics related to the not-for-profit industry. 

An active member of the community, Mr. Garner serves on the Finance Committee for Ebenezer United Methodist Church. He is also the Treasurer of the Suffolk Ducks Unlimited Chapter. In addition, 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 Smart Beginnings of the Virginia Peninsula. 




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"Using my skills to advance the missions of not-for-profits is a calling for me and gives me a sense of accomplishment."


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