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About Our Firm

About Us

For years, Cline Brandt Kochenower & Co., P.A. 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.

Cline Brandt Kochenower & Co., P.A. 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. Cline Brandt Kochenower & Co., P.A. 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 Cline Brandt Kochenower & Co., P.A. receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Ben D. Kochenower

bdk@cbkpa.com 864-489-7121 CPA, CFE, CVA, CICA, CGMA

Ben is Chief Executive Officer of the firm. He joined Cline Brandt Kochenower & Co., P.A. in 1975, after spending three years in middle Tennessee with a small regional CPA firm. Ben is in charge of the audit department which includes auditing, compilation and review of financial statements. He works with governmental, non-profit and commercial accounts in providing management services and accounting systems review and design. Ben has extension experience in government and non-profit audits, including various federal and state assisted programs. Ben is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of South Carolina and has obtained the Certificate of Educational Achievement in Governmental Accounting and Auditing. Ben holds licenses in South Carolina and Tennessee, and he is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Valuation Analyst.

Timothy S. Blake

timblake@cbkpa.com 864-541-0218 Southern College
CPA, PFS

Tim joined the firm in August, 1992. Tim is the Tax Manager of the firm. He is a graduate of Southern College with A Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting. Tim has extensive experience in the various tax areas including tax preparation and planning in corporate tax, individual tax, partnership tax, estate tax, fiduciary tax and non-profit tax. He represents clients in cases with the Internal Revenue Service and various state agencies. He also has experience with profit sharing plan administration and accounting, probate court filings and compilation and review of financial statements. Tim holds a license in South Carolina.