Lori Squires, Owner
Lori Squires started her career as a credit investigator with a local bank. Based on her strong leadership and organizational skills, she quickly moved into management positions. To maintain her working knowledge of all things financial, Lori obtained her certificate in accounting in 1997 from Manchester Community College. She simultaneously began taking on clients in 1996 for her own business, “Lori’s Bookkeeping Services” located in Manchester, Connecticut.
Through the years “Lori’s Bookkeeping Services” flourished, outgrowing one office after another and in 2008, “Lori’s Bookkeeping Services” became Comprehensive Business Solutions dba CBS Bookkeeping. Through her hard work and dedication CBS Bookkeeping experienced exponential growth expanding it’s services throughout all of Connecticut and parts of Massachusetts. CBS Bookkeeping became an established name and developed a strong reputation as Connecticut’s premier Bookkeeping Service.
In 2013 Lori sold her business for one, single motivating reason … her family. She and her husband packed up and moved down to North Carolina where her children had since resided and took on her exciting, new role as a ‘Nana’.
That same year she opened Accounting by the Books LLC in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a Bookkeeper in Charlotte, It is truly Lori’s passion to help your business succeed and prosper, her business has been built on the same philosophy she has always carried: “hard work, dedication, kindness and honesty”.
Mike Squires, Owner
Mike joined Accounting by the Books after a long career in transportation as a truck driver. When he and Lori decided to move to North Carolina, he made a career change to help establish, grow and manage ABTB.
Mike plays an essential role behind the scenes by assisting with company operations and, of course, QuickBooks. Mike is hard working, detail oriented and dedicated to the success of both ABTB and each and every client.
Josh Squires, Operations Manager
Born and raised in Connecticut, Josh Squires launched his career at Comprehensive Business Solutions, where he worked as an accounting associate from 2007 to 2010.
In 2012, Josh moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from the NASCAR Technical Institute with a 4.0 GPA and a Certificate in Automotive Repair, and spent the next two years as an automotive technician. Josh then moved back to Connecticut, where he married his beautiful wife Abigail and worked as a service writer at Nissan.
Josh accepted a remote accounting associate position for ABTB in January 2018. He returned to Charlotte with his wife in June 2018, serving as a full-time associate, and manage clients while assisting with the firm’s daily operations.
Josh is proficient in QuickBooks and Microsoft Office, and was eager to join the family business and pursue his passion for accounting. With his great personality and desire to help small businesses succeed, he’s an asset to ABTB.
Maureen Riley, Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in New York, Maureen moved to South Carolina in December 2019. She has been an administrative assistant for 13 years and is very excited to be part of the ABTB family.
Deserey Rivera, Accounting Manager
Deserey moved to Charlotte in 2015 from upstate New York. She brings over 15 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience within areas such as real estate, construction, medical, non-profits, and other small businesses. She also has substantial experience with payroll and sales tax. She previously worked for CPA firms where she was able to gain knowledge as it pertains to taxes as well. She is a QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor as well as being proficient with QuickBooks desktop and enterprise solutions. She is also well versed in Microsoft office and bill.com. Deserey is happy to be a part of the ABTB team and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with the team.
Kari Anderson, Accounting Associate
Having worked for CPA firms as well as Non-Profits, Kari brings over 7 years experience of bookkeeping and Accounting to Accounting by the Books. She is Proficient in QuickBooks both Online & Desktop, as well as Microsoft office, Intacct & has tax experience. Kari joined the ABTB team in 2019 and is excited about being a part of the growth of the company.
Tania Gallagher, Accounting Associate
Tania is passionate about aiding small business owners with their financial needs. She brings 7 plus years of experience in the bookkeeping profession to the services provided to her clientele. Tania has significant experience in the construction industry and has been involved in all aspects of bookkeeping functions.
Tania has been using QuickBooks since the beginning of her career. Tania has a B.S. in Psychology and Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also received her Masters in Finance from Pennsylvania State University. Tania joined the growing team at ABTB in 2019.
Sue Markowski, Accounting Associate
Sue has loved working with numbers ever since she started counting cash register drawers while closing each night at her first job. She went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has gained experience working in restaurant and real estate bookkeeping, office management, and even ran her own business doing small business bookkeeping and taxes. Now, after 15 years as an accounting manager for a commercial plumbing contractor and a steel fabricating company, she has relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, and is thrilled to be part of the team at Accounting by the Books.
Deborah Ernst, Accounting Associate
Debbie has 16 years of bookkeeping experience working with QuickBooks and Peachtree/Sage. She has worked with daycare centers, engineers, restaurants, contractors, and more. Debbie’s background was originally in education, but as a daycare director doing her own bookkeeping, she realized she enjoyed working with numbers and hasn’t gone back since. She looks forward to being a part of the ABTB’s growing team.
Angela Bellocchio-Myers, Accounting Associate
After doing an internship for an Accounting class in high school in 2008, Angela decided to pursue a position at her mentor’s award-winning family firm. During her time there, she enhanced her skills, built her career, and helped multiple small businesses grow and thrive. She is a quick learner, adapts well to change, and brings a fun and energetic personality to the team. She is equipped with 12 years of experience with Quickbooks Desktop, Enterprise Solutions, Payroll, and Sales Tax. She and her family recently moved to the Charlotte area from her hometown of Anderson, SC. She is excited to bring her accounting knowledge and positive personality to the ABTB team and become part of a new family firm.
Anna Nowakowski, Accounting Associate
Anna comes to Accounting By The Books, LLC with over 15 years of experience working in the accounting field. Most recently she worked as an accountant for a property management company in the Philadelphia area for 2+ years. Anna decided it was time for a change and moved to Charlotte, NC in 2020 and thus far, is loving it. She started working for Accounting By The Books, LLC in February 2021 and she fits right in. Her quick wit and attention to detail makes her a seamless addition to the ABTB team. Anna is proficient in QuickBooks and Microsoft Office as she has worked with them throughout her accounting career. Anna is enjoying being a part of ABTB’s talented team and is very excited to share her knowledge and experience with Charlotte area businesses.