T. Wayne Owens & Associates LLC
Who We Are
Your A/E/C firm must be well managed – an imperative for success. And as a key management partner in maintaining the well-being of your firm, your accountant must thoroughly understand your business. Because T. Wayne Owens & Associates has a singular focus on serving the design industry, we are immersed in the unique needs, pains – and potential – of A/E/C firms.

Learn more about: Our People      Our Philosophy      Our Affiliations

Our People

To ensure that your A/E/C firm is served at the highest level, every professional we hire has design industry experience. Meet our key players:

T. Wayne Owens, CPA (photo)T. Wayne Owens, CPA


Key Role: A/E Financial Management, FAR & Financial Statement Audits

“Life is an issue of direction not distance. Distance is just a matter of time.”  ~Anonymous 

Count on Wayne for:

Being the Go-To A/E/C Accountant.  Google “T. Wayne Owens” and you’ll discover the hundreds of his articles and presentations on A/E auditing and financial management, AASHTO Uniform Audit & Accounting Guide, FAR overhead rates, government contracting, project accounting and numerous other accounting-oriented topics for the design industry. During his 35+ years in consulting, auditing and financial management, Wayne has worked for accounting firms and has also served as CFO of an architectural firm. He has taught at the university level and frequently presents educational programs throughout the U.S. and Canada for ACEC, AASHTO and PSMJ. Basically, Wayne eats, drinks and breathes A/E/C accounting!

Straightforward  Candor. As client, you’re the boss. But that won’t stop Wayne from sharing his opinion and letting you know all the facts – even the unpleasant ones – so that you can make the best possible decisions. His commitment to your success makes Wayne an integral partner in your business. He wants to make sure you understand the implications of decisions you make now to avoid surprises later.

A Treasure Trove of Connections. The way Wayne gets results is through the strong relationships he builds. Not just with clients, but with accounting organizations like AICPA, industry organizations like ACEC and AIA, client organizations like AASHTO and the various state DOTs. And with other CPA firms, and consultants like PSMJ. Wayne creates these rich relationships by giving, sharing, and connecting people to each other, rooting out resources for his clients. That’s half the fun of doing business with Wayne anyway, but it also pays off in spades. Wayne’s way of creating relationships has helped many A/E/C firms bridge gaps with DOTs and opens up the field of resources for clients.

Education and Professional Qualifications:
Wayne received his B.S. from Clemson University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Georgia Society of CPAs.

On the Personal Side:
Wayne lives in South Carolina at Lake Keowee where he enjoys spending time with his wife Rhonda, his two daughters Jessica and Lauren and his granddaughter Parker.  He also like motors – boating on Lake Keowee, riding one of his two motorcycles, or flying. Wayne is an instrument rated private pilot and puts that skill to use in serving clients - he can be at any client's office in the Southeast within a few hours.


Mindy L Toole, CPA (photo)Mindy L. Toole, CPA, CGMA, CDA


Key Role: Tax Planning for A/E/C Firms

“Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” ~Anonymous

Count on Mindy for:

Laser Focus on A/E/C.  Mindy is not interested in being a “jack-of-all trades” accountant. She is all A/E/C, all the time! That means her knowledge of the industry runs deep. She has handled many complex projects for design firms, and understands the nuances that exist in the A/E world – such as doing tax planning that doesn’t damage your overhead rate. She saved one firm nearly $9 million through a well-executed change in accounting method from accrual to cash. Mindy was the tax accountant for the sale of a large multi-state engineering firm to a publically traded company, handling all of the reporting for this large-scale transaction. Because A/E/C has been Mindy’s focus for many years, she has become a tremendous asset to her clients.

Big-Picture Wisdom. One key to long-term profitability is having a business advisor who knows your business, your industry and your personal preferences. Mindy takes the time to build solid relationships with her clients, which allows her to anticipate your needs and help you make decisions that support your bigger mission. Yes, Mindy can help you save on taxes – but she will also show you how to manage your overhead rate for profitability. Tax planning and accounting is not just a transaction for Mindy, it’s a process that requires insight, thoughtfulness and strong collaboration with the client.

Shaking up Tradition. In keeping with the overall philosophy of T. Wayne Owens & Associates, Mindy’s approach to accounting is beyond the box. Technical expertise and quality is a must. But so is creating an environment that puts the emphasis on great client service, with minimal interruption and no “nickel and diming” – it’s not about racking up billable hours, but about creating a superb learning environment for clients and enjoying the process along the way. It’s important to Mindy that she’s at her best for you and not frazzled from working like a mad dog all tax season. She loves hard work. But she also loves to have some time to put the top down on the car and enjoy the Augusta, GA weather.

Education and Professional Qualifications:
Mindy received her BBA in Accounting (minor in Economics/Finance) from Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Mindy is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a Certified Design Accountant. Mindy is currently pursuing her Accredited Business Valuation credential.

On the Personal Side:
She is a newlywed!  Mindy took her desire to know the Engineering Industry so seriously she married an engineer.  She is proud of her two fantastic college kids. She travels quite a bit with her new husband and in her "free" time they are renovating her personal residence. She has been studying the Hebraic Roots extensively and also loves learning about alternative medicine.


Chris Mayfield, CPA (photo)Chris Mayfield, CPA


Key Role: FAR & Financial Statement Audits for A/E/C Firms

"If your dreams don’t scare you, perhaps they aren’t big enough!" ~Unknown

Count on Chris for:

FAR Mastery & More. Chris is one of the top FAR experts nationwide, with a deep understanding of government contracting. Using this experience as well as his A/E/C industry knowledge, he will effectively perform your FAR overhead and financial statement audits, as well as provide tax and business consulting. He knows A/E/C inside and out. Chris is an advisor and teacher, strategic thinker and relationship builder. He brings massive technical strength to every client engagement. You’ve got a major league player with Chris on your team.

Understanding A/E/C Culture. As a former controller of a large A/E firm, Chris has walked in your shoes and understands the financial and operating decisions you face on a daily basis. His deep knowledge of A/E/C firm financial management means he can jump right into the deep end when he provides services for your firm. Chris took an unusual path to accountancy, spending time in the A/E trenches in the private industry, dealing with government auditors and outside accountants… before transitioning to a public accounting firm specializing in the A/E/C industry. You’ll love his practical approach.

Being a Bridge-Builder. It is crucial to establish strong relationships with the various entities involved in the terrain of regulatory compliance. Chris has a knack for building alliances between A/E firms, DOTs and other entities to foster greater coordination and cooperation. For example, Chris managed a collaboration of key players to resolve Indiana DOT policies that were inconsistent with best practices, which ultimately helped his engineering clients increase revenues and profitability. Win-win!

Education and Professional Qualifications:
Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is involved with several professional organizations, including the American Institute of CPAs, the Indiana CPA Society, and the American Institute of Architects Indiana. He is also active with the American Council of Engineering Companies Indiana, and has served on their board of directors. Chris received the Sagamore of ACEC Indiana Award, given annually to a leader who is not a practicing engineer, but has elevated the engineering profession, created goodwill toward ACEC, and advanced the cause of engineers.

On the Personal Side:
Chris enjoys his involvement with Mercy Road Church, where he serves on the Operations Team as Treasurer. He is also a marathon runner and has parachuted from an airplane (twice!). He also loves spending time with his family, which includes two Shih Tzu pups.


Shirley Berlin, CPA (photo)Shirley Berlin, CPA


Key Role: Internal Financial Management and Accounting for A/E/C Firms

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~Margaret Mead

Count on Shirley for:

Vast Knowledge of A/E/C. Shirley’s 30+ years of extensive hands-on experience in accounting, management and business leadership includes 24 years as controller/VP with Jordan, Jones & Goulding, Inc. (JJG) until their acquisition by publicly-held Jacobs Engineering. She was an integral part of JJG’s management team and served on the Board of Directors. She directed the accounting and financial functions of the firm, which had more than 500 employees in seven states. She handled the financial aspects of the firm’s leveraged buyout of a retiring principal, including securing bank financing and establishment of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

Your On-Call CFO. Shirley’s experience and expertise in all areas of A/E/C accounting include project cost accounting systems, financial accounting systems, forecasting, IRS/FAR/CPA audits and compliance, ESOPs and other benefit plans, and involvement with senior management and long-term strategic goals. Bring Shirley in on specific tasks or on a retainer where she will work with your firm’s leadership as CFO or as a controller for more hands-on assistance.

WYSIWYG. With Shirley, what you see is what you get! She will tell you the hard truth to make sure your company is performing at its highest caliber. Because she has worked both sides of the fence – both in public accounting and as an engineering firm client – Shirley can quickly cut through to the most critical factors in running a profitable A/E/C firm. Hands down, Shirley will add direct value to your business.

Education and Professional Qualifications:
Shirley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

On the Personal Side:
A voracious reader, Shirley has shared her love of reading by volunteering to teach illiterate adults to read. “It’s an amazing feeling to watch someone learn to read,” she says. “It instantly changes their lives.”

She also calls herself an “animal person,” and has adopted many strays, volunteered at Zoo Atlanta and supports the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an elephant orphanage in Kenya.


Anna Abernathy, CPA  (photo)Anna Abernathy, CPA

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Key Role: Small Business Specialist for A/E/C Firms

"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” ~ Proverbs 23:7

Count on Anna for:

Small Biz Focus – Anna is passionate about working with small businesses and providing the level of attention and care a smaller A/E/C firm needs, from the billing side to the software side, and tax accounting too. She can handle your S-Corp, C-Corp, Estate, Trust and Individual tax returns, as well as help you set up and maintain a solid accounting process that fits your firm’s style. She is available to answer questions, big and small, about QuickBooks, taxes, and any other accounting matter. Whether you want just a little guidance or full-on support, Anna is your go-to small business guide.

Wide-Angle View – We are excited about bringing Anna on board because she is sharp! Not only technically savvy, but she will ask the right questions to take in the bigger picture – so her work with you supports the larger context of your firm’s mission. Anna understands the A/E/C industry, and she also has internal construction company experience. Her goal is not just to help with your accounting, but to strengthen your overall business for maximum success.

Relief! – Most of our small business clients are technical wizards in the work they do for their clients. But sometimes the back-end functions like accounting get neglected. Anna can help you end the struggle to “keep up” with your books – she’ll catch up your books, set up a system, and then help you keep it maintained so that you are in compliance. Put Anna on your team so you can dedicate your attention to serving your clients.

Education and Professional Qualifications:
Anna received her Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of both the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs and she is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

On the Personal Side:
Anna enjoys her volunteer activities. And she loves to cook and bake, especially experimenting with healthy dishes. The whole family gets involved – including her chef husband and two kids. Sounds yummy!


Nicole Janse Van Rensburg   (photo)Nicole Janse Van Rensburg


Key Role: GAAP Senior Auditor

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt

Count on Nicole for:

GAAP Strength. Nicole’s wide-ranging audit experience covers private companies, public sector and government, including large audits of counties, cities and airports. She has performed financial analysis, prepared reports, reviewed contractual agreements and assumed management roles. Nicole has a talent for finding improvements in internal control efficiency and risk reduction.

Being a People Person. Our clients enjoy Nicole’s personality and the upbeat, positive way she interacts. She is down-to-earth and loves people. Who knows… maybe you will even have fun during the audit!

Learning Your Process. Nicole’s approach to conducting an audit is to first learn your process and your rationale for the systems you have in place. Then she partners with you as she works, providing appropriate recommendations that will make the difference in how well your business hums.

Education and Professional Qualifications:
Nicole earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, with a minor in Business Management, from California State University, Chico, CA. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs.

On the Personal Side:
Nicole stays busy with her family, including two toddlers. They enjoy traveling and exploring new places. South Africa, where her husband grew up, is on the bucket list! Nicole is also an avid volleyball player and loves to scuba dive.

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Our Philosophy

Most CPA firms look pretty much alike – they tout great service, technical expertise, or smart people. And most of these firms sell their clients what they have “in stock,” such as audits, tax returns, and accounting services. The more progressive firms offer valuation services or litigation support. These firms start with the “what” and then address “who” might be willing to buy.

The philosophy at T. Wayne Owens & Associates is a little different. We are starting off with the “who.” That’s you – A/E/C firms. We are clear that TWO is built specifically for the A/E/C industry. We understand your business and are ready to listen to what you specifically need.

Our “what” includes accounting services, overhead audits, financial statement audits, tax returns and more – but designed around the needs of our A/E/C clients.

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Our Affiliations

Our principals are active in organizations including:

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