A. Carter Smitherman is a Certified Public Accountant and Chief Financial Officer. A graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy, he began his career with a small local firm in Scottsdale, Arizona, performing assurance and consulting services to nonprofit and government clients. After serving the nonprofit and government community as an auditor and consultant for over five years, he joined the Arizona Opera as its Director of Finance. Mr. Smitherman spent two years with the Arizona Opera, before returning to public accounting in 2004 with the same local firm in Scottsdale to once again serve the nonprofit and government community with assurance and consulting services and became partner with the firm. In 2009, the firm was acquired by CliftonLarsonAllen, and Mr. Smitherman was a principal at CliftonLarsonAllen through 2013. In 2014, Mr. Smitherman joined Royal Oaks and has severed as Controller and Chief Financial Officer for over 6 years.