Innovative • Responsive • Dedicated

Our partners have a combined 90+ years of experience practicing in Eastern North Carolina and are proud to have spent not only their careers, but also the majority of their lives here. They are all members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA). They are just as dedicated to their communities and their church families as they are to their clients. From supporting the Twin Rivers YMCA, Marine Corps events, Carolina East Medical Foundation to the Swansboro Chamber of Commerce and many civic clubs, WSSG partners and staff members are filling many needs in Eastern North Carolina. Read more on our site to learn how our firm can partner with you. Our partners are:



Chris was born in New Bern and attended New Bern High School. He graduated from East Carolina University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Chris began his public accounting career in Wilmington, obtaining his CPA certificate in 1977 and returned to New Bern in 1978. His areas of concentration are taxation of individuals and closely-held businesses, estates and trusts.

In 2003, recognizing that many clients did not have a trusted advisor to turn to for comprehensive financial services, Chris completed education and licensing requirements with the NC Department of Insurance and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and established CWS Financial Group, LLC to provide a full range of services in this area.

Chris has maintained membership in the AICPA and NCACPA and served on the boards of various civic organizations and social clubs over the years. He is married with two adult children.


CPA - NC LICENSE # 17555
Steve is a native of Havelock, North Carolina and attended East Carolina University from 1978 – 1981. He then transferred to Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska where in 1983 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

Steve joined the firm as a staff accountant in 1986 and earned his CPA license in 1987. He is currently the partner in charge of the Jacksonville Office and is a member of the AICPA and NCACPA.

He successfully completed the Certificate of Educational Achievement in Governmental Accounting and Auditing Program in 1992.

His primary focus is to assist businesses through a variety of accounting, auditing, tax and management advisory services.

Steve is married and has two children.


CPA - NC LICENSE # 29441
Charles, a native of New Bern, graduated from East Carolina University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Accounting.

He joined the firm in 1997 and earned his CPA license in 2002. He has been a Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor since 2001 and assists small businesses with the installation, training and monitoring of the Quickbooks software.

He also focuses on taxation, management advisory services and auditing and bookkeeping services for non-profits and governmental units.

He is a member of the AICPA and NCACPA. In addition he has served on the board of the Craven Regional Medical Center Foundation for the past five years.

Charles is married with three young children.


CPA - NC LICENSE # 18591
Randy is an Eastern North Carolina native. He graduated from Eastern Wayne High School in Goldsboro, NC in 1984 and then from East Carolina University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Randy received his CPA certificate in 1990 and he has practiced in New Bern since 1988, 13 of those years with a national CPA firm.

His concentration is in the taxation of individuals, closely-held businesses, estates and trusts as well as management advisory and bookkeeping services for those entities. His experience also includes non-profit and governmental accounting.

Randy maintains memberships in the AICPA and NCACPA and is a very active member of the community. He is a past president and current treasurer of the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club and he is also very involved in the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce, serving on its board twice and is a past chairman of the finance and membership committees.

He is married with four children.


Aimee Baker


Aimee graduated from the University of Iowa in 1998 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting with distinction.

She passed the entire exam on the first try and received her CPA certification in Iowa in 1999 and was licensed in Virginia in 2004 and North Carolina in 2011.

Aimee is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor and is a member of the AICPA and NCACPA.

Tom Monte


With more than 12 years of experience in public accounting, Tom focuses on providing accounting and auditing services for local governmental entities and not-for-profit organizations, as well as tax services for individuals and small business clients. Additionally, he delivers specialized expertise in the area of employee benefit plan (EBP) audits.

Tom is the current President of MERCI Clinic, Inc. and serves as a board member for the American Red Cross- Coastal Carolina Chapter. Additionally, he is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA).

Tom graduated from Barton College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

Paul Urban

Paul has been with firm since July 2002.

He went to UNCW and received his Master’s in Accountancy in July 1999 and his CPA in October 2001.

Paul previously worked for IBM and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.