Michelle Loyd Thompson, CPA

Title:Partner, Assurance Services

Leadership Role:Chief Executive Officer/Firm Managing Partner

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

Michelle Thompson

Michelle serves as the Chief Executive Officer/Firm Managing Partner for Cherry Bekaert. As CEO/FMP, Michelle is responsible for oversight of the Firm’s Executive Team, as well as executing and promoting the overall strategic plan, growth and direction of the Firm. Her leadership role includes chairing the Firm’s Executive Board and overseeing the day-to-day administration and financial management of the Firm.

Michelle served as Managing Partner of Cherry Bekaert’s Assurance Services for seven years. In this role, she managed resource utilization, client experience and other operational aspects associated with the delivery of audit and assurance services to the Firm’s clients.

Previously, Michelle established the Firm’s Risk Assurance & Advisory Services (RAS) Group and was instrumental in the strategy, growth and development of RAS service offerings for more than 10 years.

As an Audit Partner in the Raleigh practice, Michelle has served a number of the largest public sector clients in the North Carolina. With more than 25 years of progressive accounting knowledge, her industry experience covers technology and health science companies, government contractors and local government entities.

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

Specialties/Areas of Expertise

  • Fraud & Forensics
  • Government Contracts & Compliance
  • Internal Audit
  • Public Utilities & Related Accounting Governance
  • Risk Advisory Services Including COSO Requirements
  • SEC
  • State & Local Government Process, Procedures, & Governance

Professional Involvement

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

Speaking Topics

She has been a frequent lecturer on a wide range of topics including:

  • COSO Framework & Requirements
  • Disruption & Change Management
  • Financial Literacy
  • Fraud
  • Internal Control Systems
  • Process Improvement
  • Technology
  • Variety of A&A Topics