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Paul O. Batson, III
President

BS – Clemson University, 1971
MBA-Clemson at Furman, 1973, Concentration in Investment Analysis
Additional Studies in Accounting – Furman University
Accounting Practitioner, State of SC
Captain, USAF, Active Duty 1974

Paul began his career as a college instructor and administrator in the 1970s. Teaching has always been a beloved pursuit for him. Since 1975 he has served as an adjunct professor in business and economics at Furman University. Over the past 30+ years, Paul has likely taught well over 5,000 students in various business courses, many of whom he can remember by name today.

Realizing his ultimate plan was to become a practicing accountant and advisor, he pursued experience “in the real world” to supplement his academic knowledge. Large company experience came early in the 1980s as a plant accountant for Lucas Industries, a British company in Greenville, SC. Intense knowledge of the small business arena was gained when he became CFO of a small and growing local insurance agency. Hands-on small business experience was gained when he and a partner created and owned The Fifth String Music Store, a Greenville guitar and banjo store that was the first of its kind in the upstate. That store endures today under the same name but different ownership.

In May, 1987, Paul opened his practice with a desk, an $8,000 IBM PC, a dot matrix printer, and no clients. After the initial years of near starvation, the practice gradually thrived thanks to the confidence and trust of many good clients and friends.

For several years, Paul has been a Board Member of the Greenville Area Commission for Technical Education, Greenville Tech’s governing board. In earlier years, he was an active member of and past President of the Greenville Chapter of the National Association of Accountants, which won national awards during his leadership years.

He loves his Schnauzers, his mountain home, wildlife in general, and lives in upper floors of the office building at 20 Washington Park.


Angela M. Gravley
Office Manager and Payroll Specialist

Associates Degree in Business, Greenville Technical College 2002

Before joining Batson Tax & Accounting, PA, Angela’s professional background included banking experience with American Federal Bank, and accounting experience with World Acceptance Corporation. In 2002, she completed her Associates Degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from Greenville Technical College.

Since 1999, she has been an integral member of the Accounting team at Batson Tax & Accounting, PA, serving in numerous roles including Office Manager, Payroll Manager, Software Manager, and Accounting Manager. She is known as the “heartbeat” of the office.

She assists clients at their business locations with accounting/recordkeeping and QuickBooks functions as a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor.

She is an E-Verify Employer Agent, Notary Public, and is currently completing her RTRP Competency Examination (Registered Tax Return Preparer).

Her broad-based professional background includes all aspects of office management / operations, client consulting, employee supervision, payroll, bank reconciliations, accounts payable, quarterly taxes, financial statement preparation, software management, and customer service. She also assists with all phases of data entry of corporate and personal tax returns. She is highly skilled at building trusting relationships with clients in a consulting role.

She enjoys her family including her husband, two children, pets, and “family time” outdoors.


Ray Harris
Tax Manager

BBA, Accounting - The University of Georgia, 1984
MACC - The University of Georgia, 1986.
Passed the CPA exam on first attempt in November 1984.
Won three consecutive Scholar Athlete Awards from UGA while earning three letters in gymnastics.

Ray joined Ernst & Young LLP in August 1986, rising to the position of Tax Manager by 1991. Served 8 years with E&Y, working primarily in Corporate and Individual Tax Research, Real Estate taxation, Textile Manufacturing, High Net Worth Individuals and for the Entrepreneurial Services Group (E&Y’s small business service division).

He left Ernst & Young on January 2, 1995 to join Harris & Harris, P.A. He continued to gain expertise with Commercial Real Estate investors and Property Managers, Publishers, Construction, Textile manufacturers and the Professional Services industries (lawyers and architects, etc.). Further, he gained experience with High Net Worth Individuals, and built a respectable 1040 and Tax Consulting practice while dabbling in Business Valuations and Expert Witness engagements. He is also proficient in basic Estate and Retirement Planning.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC: Greenville Bulldog Club UGA Alumni Association and Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce. Past board member of Greenville Jaycees and Greenville Sexual Trauma Center.

PERSONAL: Born January 22, 1962 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Married with four children, avid reader, insomniac, College football fanatic. Loves to misunderstand politics, re-learn history, swim, waterski and yell at his kids.


Ann Wactor
Administrative Assistant

Ann began her career with BellSouth where she worked in the business offices and then eventually worked in the field installing phones and even climbing poles! After the arrival of her two children, she stopped work and spent a number of years as a home mom.

She began working for Batson Accounting part time several years ago after having worked at Greenville Spartanburg Airport. Now, she is our full time administrative assistant working with data entry of various accounting and tax projects, correspondence, filing systems and assembly of our tax returns.

Ann lives in Greer with her daughter, Rebecca, her cat “Blackie”, her bird “Harley” and two mischievous Yorkies named “Ralph” and “Chickie”. Her son Andrew also lives in Greer.


Leslie H. Stewart
Accountant/Business Manager
Part-Time Staff at Batson Accounting January - April

B.S.B.A., Western Carolina University 1996

After graduating from WCU, Leslie took a job with Beneficial Finance Company in Greenville until she was recruited by Harris & Harris P.A. out of Spartanburg. After a few years with Harris & Harris, Leslie went to work full time for a commercial Real Estate company, Neuburger/Reid Properties, as their in house accountant/business manager.

Leslie joined Batson Accounting in the tax season of 2003 as a part time assistant. Leslie helps the team with data preparation of personal tax returns and other tasks as needed.

Leslie and her husband, Tim, live in Spartanburg with her baby, Bailey, an 8 year old Boxer and Smokey the “Fat Cat”. Leslie is very much involved in her community. She is currently Chairman of the Board for the Uptown Sertoma Club, Secretary of LSAA of Spartanburg, serves as a volunteer for Junior Achievement of Spartanburg and is also a committee chair for Retro Fest with the American Red Cross.


Gina Suarez
Accounting Assistant / Administrative Assistant

Gina has a broad-based professional background in Office Management, Restaurant Management, and Accounting. She completed her Associates Degree at Brookdale College in Lincroft, New Jersey.

She is an Accounting Assistant at Batson Tax & Accounting, P.A., where she enjoys a diverse set of accounting-related duties.

Gina’s accounting experience includes cash flow management, setting up new companies in QuickBooks, data entry, general ledger accounting, financial statements, accounts payable/receivable, managing and maintaining scheduling procedures for client meetings, report preparation, filing and retrieving documents, greeting clients and referring them to appropriate staff members.

She lives in Pumpkintown, close to Table Rock, where she enjoys her two children, camping, fishing, swimming, and hiking in the summers.

As an avid Artist, she creates and sells her artwork at various arts & craft shows.



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