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About Us

About Our Firm

For years, The Hoffman Eells Group has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

The Hoffman Eells Group is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. The Hoffman Eells Group is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose The Hoffman Eells Group receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Douglas L. Hoffman, CPA, PFS, Senior Partner

dlh@hegcpas.com 518-523-2581 Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut
Bachelor of Science in Accounting from SUNY Plattsburgh

Certified Public Accountant, licensed to practice in New York State
Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants


Douglas has been with the firm since January 2007. He has been working with a wide variety of clients, from small family-owned businesses to high net worth individuals, with their estate, tax, business, and personal planning for more than 35 years. Prior to starting his own CPA firm, he worked for Price Waterhouse & Co., and was the controller for the Lake Placid 1980 Olympic Winter Games. He also has the experience of operating thirteen businesses between his wife, three children, and his own entities within their family enterprises. Douglas is a consultant and principal in American Business Transitions, Inc., an organization dedicated to helping family business owners. He is also a partner in Adirondack Asset Management, LLC, a personal financial planning and investment management firm.

Nicholas P. Eells, CPA, CGMA, RIA, Managing Partner

npe@hegcpas.com 518-483-1630 Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clarkson University
Certified Public Accountant, licensed to practice in New York State
Chartered Global Management Accountant
Series 6 Investment License Holder
Series 63 Investment License Holder

Nick has been with the firm since February 2009. Prior to this, he worked for seven years in private industry as a senior accountant and Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, he was responsible for all financial statement reporting, banking & public relations, staff supervision, and developing business strategies for expansion. He also worked for various government agencies, carrying out local, state, and federal filing requirements. Nicholas Eells, Financial Advisor, Securities offered through H.D. Vest Investment ServicesSM, Member SIPC, Advisory services offered through H.D. Vest Advisory ServicesSM, 6333 N. State Highway 161, Fourth Floor, Irving, TX 75038, 972-870-6000. The Hoffman Eells Group CPAs, P.C. is not a registered broker/dealer or registered investment advisory firm. HD Vest Investment Advisory ServicesSM is not affiliated companies https://brokercheck.finra.org He resides in Malone, NY, where he serves on the boards of the Citizen Advocates and the Malone Minor Hockey Association.

Pamela J. LaPlante, Accounting and Tax Partner

pjl@hegcpas.com 518-523-2581

Pam has been with the firm since January 2007. Pam began working in the accounting field upon her graduation from high school in 1973 when she was hired by Henry Gelles, a local attorney/public accountant, to learn the preparation of payroll, payroll tax reports, sales tax, and bookkeeping. She was promoted to accountant when Mr. Gelles sold his practice to Douglas L. Hoffman, CPA in 1981, at which time she began to learn the preparation of individual & business tax returns and financial statements. She remained on staff when Mr. Hoffman merged his practice with Dragon Benware CPAs, P.C. in 2007 and has been with the firm ever since. Her areas of expertise include tax, bookkeeping, and compilations & reviews of financial statements. In her community, Pam volunteers with the Saranac Lake Rotary Club. She resides in Saranac Lake, NY.

Karl M. Martin, CPA

kmm@hegcpas.com 518-483-1630

Fernando C. Casue, Audit Manager

fcc@hegcpas.com 518-483-1630 Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Andy joined the firm in November 2011. Prior to this, he worked for six years as an Audit Senior in the Philippines and the Bahamas, gaining experience in the audits of multinational corporations. His areas of expertise include audits, reviews, and compilations of financial statements of companies in various industries such as manufacturing, government, not-for-profit, and construction.He is also licensed as a CPA in the Philippines and is currently working toward obtaining his New York State license, having passed the examinations. He resides in Malone, NY.

Angie M. Clark, Accountant

amc@hegcpas.com 518-483-1630 Associates Degree in Accounting from SUNY Canton

Angie joined the firm in August 2014. Prior to this, she had 30 years of experience with James McKee, CPA, in Malone. Her areas of expertise include individual and corporate taxation. Angie received an Associates Degree in Accounting from SUNY Canton in 1985. She resides in Malone, NY.

Cheryl E. Jeror, Accountant

cej@hegcpas.com 518-483-1630 Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Kaplan University
Associate of Science Degree in Accounting from Clinton Community College

Cheryl joined the firm part-time in July 2012, moving to full-time in June 2013. Her areas of expertise include financial statement preparation, business & individual income tax preparation, and payroll tax/sales tax compliance reporting. Cheryl has passed the NYS CPA exam and is currently awaiting her license.

Denise G. Wanser, Accountant

dgw@hegcpas.com 518-483-1630 Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Denise joined the firm in March 2001. She has over 25 years of previous experience working in the advertising and accounting fields, as well as experience in owning and operating businesses with her husband. Her areas of expertise include tax return preparation, payroll, and many other business aspects. She is proficient in QuickBooks and is also a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor.

Corrine A. Fitzpatrick, Client Services Coordinator

caf@hegcpas.com 518-483-1630

Penny A. Normandin

pan@hegcpas.com 518-483-1630

Penny joined the firm in 2000. She had 15 years of prior experience at Wolverine World Wide, Inc., and has an extensive knowledge of computers and software programs. Her responsibilities include processing tax returns & financial statements, preparing the company and client payrolls, and managing insurance & cafeteria plans. Penny attended North Franklin Educational Center from 1983 to 1985 where she focused on computers and secretarial studies.

Kelly K. Head

kkh@hegcpas.com 518-483-1630

Kelly joined the firm in August 2014. Prior to this, she had two years of experience in public accounting, and over 20 years in retail sales. Her areas of expertise include bookkeeping, sales tax and payroll in QuickBooks, and Peachtree & CSA software.

Laurie A. Miller

lam@hegcpas.com 518-523-2581 Bachelor of Science in Accounting from SUNY Plattsburgh

Laurie joined the firm in 2000. Prior to this, she worked for eleven years at NBT Bank N.A. Her areas of expertise include payroll and sales tax services.

Alexis Beach

ab@hegcpas.com 518-483-1630