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Karen Deierhoi, Co-founder and President

Karen Deierhoi is a financial executive with over 20 years of financial management and reporting experience.† Ms. Deierhoi provides leadership over technical accounting issues, client development and client relationship management as well as supporting all operations of BlackWood.†

Ms. Deierhoi has extensive experience in financial reporting and consolidation; SEC reporting and compliance; Board of Directors presentations; strategic financial planning and analysis; cash flow forecasting; budgeting and capital planning; process improvement and re-engineering; ratio management and key indicators analysis; internal controls review; relations with bankers and auditors; coordination of special projects; and staff development, training and team building.

Ms. Deierhoi brings ten years of experience in public accounting at Ernst & Young, where she worked with public and private companies in the manufacturing, retail, health care, not-for-profit and venture capital industries.† Ms. Deierhoi also brings to our team her experience as the Director of Finance of a $50 million, multi-location non-profit organization where, amongst other responsibilities, she managed the shared finance and accounting services for its 19 locations.†

Ms. Deierhoi is a CPA in the state of North Carolina and holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.† Ms. Deierhoi frequently conducted accounting and audit training courses at Ernst & Young and†participated in†the firmís leadership development program. She has supported entrepreneurial programs as a panelist and speaker at UNC-Chapel Hill's annual Undergraduate Business Symposium and for the Charlotte Arts & Science Council's Artist as an Entrepreneur Program. She has served in advisory roles for several local non-profit organizations and is a member of the North Carolina Association of CPAs.