Cornelius, NC – The accounting firm of Boatsman Gillmore Wagner PLLC has been selected with the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s first Sprit of Entrepreneurship Award at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting January 24th at the Havana Banquet and Ballroom. Founding partners Adam Boatsman and Larry Wagner were on hand to receive the award which was presented by Susan Medlin, former Mayor Pro-tem of Cornelius and founder of Vintage Marketing, 2013 Chamber Chairman Jack Salzman, and Chamber President Bill Russell. Wagner Noble & Co. recently merged with Boatsman Gillmore PLLC to combine their accounting, tax and advisory practices into one firm with offices in Charlotte and Huntersville.
Adam Boatsman credited the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce for helping the original office of Boatsman Gillmore PLLC to establish itself in the Lake Norman market. Boatsman stated, “Dale Gillmore and I conducted initial market research using the Lake Norman Chamber’s website and determined that there was a market that we could service – namely growth oriented companies in the Lake Norman community that were utilizing either out-of-state or Uptown Charlotte based CPA firms. We quickly bought into the live-work-play mindset and largely credit the chamber for assistance in launching the original CPA practice.”
Interestingly, its founder, Larry Wagner, started his firm at about the same age and point in his career as Boatsman and Gillmore. Similar to his partner’s story, Wagner identified an underserved niche in the market and created one of the most well respected audit practices in the Charlotte area.
Today Boatsman Gillmore Wagner PLLC is one of the largest locally owned accounting firms in the Charlotte region. The firm has a talented team of 40 accounting and business professionals and revenues of approximately $5 million. In addition, the partners have plans to double in size and expand into other markets.
Boatsman added, “The Chamber was integral to the success of launching our firm and gave us the platform to meet other professionals and business leaders in the community. The Chamber doesn’t necessarily bring anyone business, but it does provide an environment where if you want to help yourself and grow, you can.”