Cothran Named HBKVG Director in West Palm Beach

Christopher G. Cothran, CPA, CVA, CGMA, has joined HBK Valuation Group LLC (HBKVG) as a Director in the firm’s West Palm Beach, Florida office. HBKVG is an affiliate of HBK CPAs & Consultants.

He has more than 14 years of experience in business and intangible asset appraisal, forensic and litigation support, and transaction consulting and has accumulated a body of valuation-related work that makes him an ideal fit for HBKVG, according to the firm’s Principal-in-Charge, Kelly Carrier, ASA, CBA, CPA/ABV, CFP®.

“Having Chris on board broadens our scope of service in southeast Florida immensely. His proficiency in appraising businesses and attention to detail in family law and securities fraud matters and as an expert witness is extensive,” she said.

Throughout his career, Christopher has provided appraisal and valuation services for some of Florida’s largest publicly-traded companies as both an internal resource and a consultant. His diverse background has provided opportunities to appraise companies and assets in a variety of contexts such as financial reporting measurements, complex shareholder disputes, estate and gift tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, and state/federal tax reporting to name a few. He has worked with businesses in many industries, including Railroads, Construction, Electric Utilities, Medical Specialties, Marinas, Retail/Wholesale, Sanitation, Outdoor Advertising, Auto Dealerships, Real Estate, and Professional Services.

Adding to his list of expertise, Christopher has done extensive work in transaction consulting. He has served business owners, potential acquirers, and private equity groups with various types of consultation, including exit planning, mergers and acquisitions, portfolio valuation, and other transactions.

Christopher earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture & Applied Economics, with a Minor in Economics, from Clemson University in 2000. He went on to earn his Master of Accounting degree, with a concentration in Forensic Accounting, from Florida Atlantic University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).

Christopher can be reached by phone at (561) 469-5492, or by email at

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