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About us

Our Team

I received my MSA at ECU in 2005 and earned my CPA license in 2006. I am a member of both AICPA and the NCACPA. At ECU I met my wife, Christie, who has a blog Killing Plants. I am a proud father of two, who love playing soccer. I started working for Steve Smith CPA and worked there for 12+ years.  

Dustin Kern, CPA

Certified Public Accountant, License #32513
I have been a Certified Public Accountant since 1977. I specialize in business consulting, tax, and accounting. I have called Wilmington my home for over 30 years. I am a member of both the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Steve Smith, CPA

Certified Public Accountant; License #10162
I am a Staff Accountant with over 15 years of experience working with small businesses & individuals on their tax and accounting needs. I graduated from University of Phoenix with a BA in Accounting and a MS in Accountancy. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my dog Vida, kayaking, and traveling.

Brandi Bouton

Staff Accountant
I am the receptionist for Dustin Kern, CPA, P.C. I would like you to know that I am here for you, our clients and potential clients.  I love my job, and especially working with you. I will do my very best to assist you. I look forward to working with you.

Dianne Smith



I worked at Steve Smith, CPA, P.C. for 12+ years and had a great opportunity to take what Steve created and turn it into something of my own. I will strive to give our clients excellent service, top-notch tax knowledge, attention, and responsiveness.  Our focus is on business accounting services, business taxes, and personal income tax returns. We want to bring a valuable service to our clients that they will truly appreciate and are willing to refer us to their friends and colleagues.

Our mission is to show our clients we care about them and their business by being proactive, responsive, trusting, knowledgable, and giving great value to our service.

Our vision is to be recognized as the most highly regarded and innovative local CPA firm in South Eastern North Carolina.

Our values are:

  • Passion for excellence
  • Integrity
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Leading by example
  • Teaching
  • Quality service plus excellent delivery
  • Innovation and continuous improvement
  • Balanced life (family life)