Our Firm:

We combine the experience of a large firm with the personal attention that only a small firm can provide. Our clients come back to us year after year because they know they are in good hands. We work to develop long-term relationships; whether your needs are simple or complex, we can help.

Please take a moment and read more about our people, our history, our credentials, our areas of concentration. If you have any questions or would like more detailed information about how we can help you, don't hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to serve you.

Our People


David Johnson
David W. Johnson, CPA
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  • Guilford College (B.S. Accounting)
  • NC Certificate No. 7400
  • Started with the firm in 1963
Areas of Concentration:
  • Auditing
  • Tax
  • Management Advisory Services and Estate Planning
Community Service:
  • Accounting Board of Advisors - Elon University
  • Optimist International - Member and Past President
  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA) Symposium Committee


K. Dale Greeson
K. Dale Greeson, CPA
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  • Guilford College (B.S. Accounting, 1981)
  • NC Certificate No. 14942
  • Started with the firm in 1981
Areas of Concentration:
  • Tax Planning and Preparation
  • Audit, Review and Compilation Services
  • Financial Statement Preparation
  • Management Consulting
Community Service:
  • Serving on the Board of Directors for Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club
  • Twin Lakes Board Member
  • Alamance Business Club Member
  • Leadership Alamance Participant
  • Macedonia Lutheran Church Stewardship Committee
  • United Way Campaign Chair
  • YMCA Board Member
  • Arts Council Board Member


Glenn S. Van Fleet
Glenn S. Van Fleet, CPA
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  • Guilford College (B.S. Accounting, 1983)
  • NC Certificate No. 16164
  • Started with the firm in 1983
Areas of Concentration:
  • Tax Preparation and Planning
  • Estates
  • Trusts
  • Audit, Review and Compilation Services
Community Service:
  • Burlington Alamance Airport Authority - Treasurer


Professional Staff - CPAs:
Brandon P. Crawford
Brandon P. Crawford, CPA
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  • East Carolina University (B.S. Accounting, 2007)
  • NC Certificate No. 38298
  • Started with the firm in 2008
  • Leadership Alamance participant
Areas of Concentration:
  • Tax Preparation
  • Accounting and Auditing Services
Crystal G. Humble
Crystal G. Humble. CPA
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  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (MS in  Accounting, 1994; BS in Business Administration, 1994)
  • NC Certificate No. 23291
  • Started with the firm in 2012
Areas of Concentration:
  • Accounting and Auditing Services
  • Tax Preparation
  • Bookkeeping and Payroll Services
Community Service:
  • Board Member – E.M. Holt Elementary School PTO
  • Board member – Southern Alamance Middle School PTSA
Philip W. Smith
Philip W. Smith, CPA, CFE
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  • Elon College (B.S. Accounting, 1988)
  • NC Certificate No. 20655
  • Started with the firm in 2009
Areas of Concentration:
  • Tax Preparation and Planning
  • Accounting and Auditing Services
  • Fraud Examination


Non-Licensed Staff - NON-CPAs:
Henry N. Buckner
Henry N. Buckner
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Vincent J. Desrochers
Vincent J. Desrochers
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Rodney L. Herring
Rodney L. Herring
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Paul T. Kearns
Paul T. Kearns
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Michael D. Shortall
Michael D. Shortall
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Our History

Apple, Bell, Johnson & Co., P. A. began in 1945 as a one man practice located in Burlington, NC. We are now one of the larger locally owned firms serving the Piedmont as well as the surrounding southeastern states. For over 65 years, we have been honored to serve area businesses and individuals with their accounting, tax and financial needs. Our services are rendered to Corporations, Partnerships, Estates, Trusts, Non-Profit Organizations and Individuals. We believe that a substantial reason for our success is our commitment to quality. To assure you of this quality, we adhere to a professional code of ethics demanding that we maintain objectivity and integrity in our service to our clients. In addition, we participate in a state and national program of quality review. In other words, we believe in the old adage "a job worth doing is worth doing right". With our many years of experience and commitment to quality, our goal is to help you and your business reach maximum potential.

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Our Credentials

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
The AICPA is the national, professional organization for all Certified Public Accountants. Its mission is to provide members with the resources, information, and leadership that enable them to provide valuable services in the highest professional manner to benefit the public.

North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA)
The NCACPA is a statewide professional association whose mission is to enhance the success of CPAs and their profession by communicating information and vision, promoting professionalism, and advocating members' interests.

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Our Areas of Concentration

  • Accounting & Audits
  • Tax Compliance Multi Jurisdiction
  • Technology
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Business Financial Planning
  • Estate Tax and Planning
  • Fraud Investigation and Forensic Accounting
  • Certified Fraud Examiner on Staff
  • Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor on Staff


Our firm has had experience with services provided to clients in the following industries:
  • Manufacturing
  • Physicians
  • Real Estate Companies
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Retail Stores
  • Trucking Interstate & Intrastate Transportation
  • Service Industries
  • Construction Contractors
  • Legal Firms
  • Insurance Agents
  • Franchisees
  • Restaurants
  • Communication Companies
  • Computer Services Companies
  • Food Service Industry
  • Education Supplies
  • Investment Firms
  • Engineering Firm
  • Agriculture
  • Textile Industry
  • Veterinary
  • Automotive
  • Personnel Placement Agency

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