"We are in the people business first and foremost.  Our expertise is providing professional tax and accounting services. Our goal is to represent our clients with compassion and understanding, always striving to accomplish their objectives."  

                                                                                                                   - John Cone

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John Cone, CPA, ABV, CFF
Managing Member

John began his career in 1986 as a CPA in the tax department of the international accounting firm Deloitte & Touche.  He specializes in complex federal and state corporate and individual income tax matters, litigation support, forensic accounting, and transaction advisory services.  

Ashley Dillard

Ashley brings several years of business experience and great customer service to Cone & Associates through the varied knowledge gained with many family businesses. She attended the University of North Georgia and is currently enrolled in Brenau University working towards an Accounting degree.

Debbie Barber
Office Manager

As Office Manager, Debbie keeps business operations running smoothly.  For over thirty years, Debbie managed the Trackrock Campground and Cabins.  If that wasn't enough to keep her busy, during that same time period she worked for Southern Geosystems as their Business Manager.

Alice Duryea
Enrolled Agent

Alice has been in the accounting industry since 1977, first as an accountant for a non-profit and then with the predecessors of Cone & Associates CPAs.  Alice has extensive experience in all aspects of financial management and accounting and earned the credential of IRS Enrolled Agent.

Sally Bolen

Although Sally is technically a 'retired' CPA, she brings over 40 years of business and accounting experience to Cone & Associates.  She is also treasurer of the Misty Mountain Quilt Guild in Blairsville.

Kelsey Bowles
Staff Accountant

Kelsey joined Cone &Associates in the Fall of 2018, after leaving her role as tax accountant with a large oil company. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business & Public Policy from Young Harris College and will be graduating with her Master’s in Forensic Accounting in August 2019.   She plans to sit for her CPA exam shortly after graduation.

"Alice, you are my tax lady from now on."  - Jim Davidson

"We've used John Cone for all of our families tax work since 1997. They have always provided a very high level of service, accurate and current information at a competitive price. I would highly recommend their firm." 

Cone & Associates - expertise with


Why would we make this claim?  Because year in and

year out we understand and meet the ever-changing

financial needs of our individual and business clients


  • individual tax return filing and tax planning

  • full accounting services for businesses

  • bookkeeping and financial statement preparation

  • multi-state tax return filing

  • payroll services 

A Higher Level of Tax and Accounting Capabilities


For 35 years, Cone & Associates CPAs has specialized in general accounting and tax preparation services for individuals and business organizations. 

But first and foremost, Cone & Associates CPAs is fanatical about customer service.  While our business is powered by accounting expertise, we remain laser-focused on personal support.  Our certified experts are always just a phone call or email away.

Secondly, we want our clients, both individual and business customers, to rely on Cone & Associates CPAs for every accounting need.  We see ourselves in partnership with our clients, dedicated to helping them leverage all the tax and accounting advantages possible.

Why Cone & Associates?

If you’ve ever…

  • received a letter from the IRS

  • been surprised by a tax problem

  • wanted help streamlining your company’s financial processes

  • missed a key tax deadline

  • needed to find a great local accountant,


…then you understand the value of a proven accounting firm.   Cone & Associates will prevent and mitigate these serious problems - before they happen!

We want to be ‘your’ accounting firm.