Michelle Loyd Thompson, CPA

Title:Partner, Assurance Services

Leadership Role:Managing Partner, Assurance Services

Education:B.S. in Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Master of Accountancy, University of South Carolina


As an Audit Partner at Cherry Bekaert, Michelle focuses her practice on providing assurance, risk management and advisory services to both private and publicly held corporations. Her industry experience covers technology and health science companies, government contractors and local government entities. She is a frequent lecturer on topics ranging from COSO requirements to fraud and internal control systems. Michelle is also a member of Cherry Bekaert’s Executive Management Team, serving as Managing Partner of Assurance Services. In this role, she manages the resource utilization and client experience associated with the delivery of Assurance services to the Firm’s clients.

Michelle began her career as an auditor with a national accounting firm where she participated in a variety of services ranging from audits of large SEC utilities to mergers & acquisition due diligence engagements.

Areas of Expertise

  • Government Contracts & Compliance Requirements
  • Risk Advisory Services Including COSO Requirements & Governance
  • Public Utilities & Related Accounting & Governance
  • Processes & Controls Structures to Prevent Fraud
  • State & Local Government Process, Procedures & Governance

Professional Involvement

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA)

Community Involvement

  • Financial Literacy Speaker
  • Board Member, Junior Achievement
  • Finance Committee, Apex United Methodist Church