Akram & Associates PLLC is a full-service PCAOB registered CPA firm licensed in five states including North Carolina (Reg # 33032), New York (ID # 110272), California (OFR 289), Oregon (2709), Texas (C10208), and Georgia (license # ACF006555).
Muhammad A. Akram, Founder & Certified Public Accountant
Muhammad Akram is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California (License # 114908), New York (License # 122344), and North Carolina (Certificate # 37968) and leads the Firm overall practice.
Muhammad earned a Bachelor of Accounting from SKANS School of Accountancy. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and North Carolina Society of Certified Public Accountants. He worked with Ernst & Young International, Anchin Block and Anchin LLP and Rothstein Kass & Co. where he worked on the audit, tax and consulting engagements for onshore and offshore alternative investment funds.
Muhammad has worked with hedge fund and mutual fund administrators and supervised all aspects of fund accounting and financial reporting assignments. He was also responsible for advising investment companies on structuring, compliance processes and providing consultation on regulatory and tax matters. He is instrumental in firm's marketing and business development activities and frequent speaks on the industry events and conferences.
When Muhammad is out of the office, he likes to play basketball with his seven years old son, play golf, and travel across the globe with his wife and kids.
Ghias Khan (GK), Certified Public Accountant
GK is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York and leads the Firm commercial practice.
GK earned a bachelor of science with major in accounting from State University of New York. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He worked with regional and local CPA Firms where he worked on the audit, review, compilation, tax and consulting engagements for non-public companies in various sectors of manufacturing, apparel, real estate, law firms, retail and wholesale in addition to employee benefit plans.
GK is also integrally involved with developing enhancements and processes to service client requirements and procedures for operational efficiencies. He is responsible for quality control function in our Firm and reviews every audit job subject to peer review.
GK is married and has three kids (two daughters and one son). He likes to play basketball, soccer and travel with his kids.
Hunter Wiseman, Senior Tax
Hunter Wiseman is a graduate of NC State with a Bachelors degree in Accounting. He has hopes of one day pursuing his Masters in Accounting as well as getting his CPA in the future.Having specialized into tax preparation and planning, he spends most of his time reviewing the new tax laws and IRS guidance, and remaining up-to-date on the ever-evolving Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He also assist in the training of new hires in the field of tax planning and preparation.
Hunter is also a contributor to our monthly news article. His primary contributions have been to preparing the newsletters which we've released pertaining to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In his free time, he enjoys watching New England Patriots football games, music concerts, and working on his two classic automobiles.
Payal Khetan, Senior Auditor
Payal is a Senior Auditor with our firm. She has recently cleared the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination in Oregon and hopes of getting her CPA license soon. She is also a qualified Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She completed her Bachelors in Commerce with Accounting and Finance as major from University of Ranchi, India. Prior to working with our firm she was working with Deloitte as an auditor. Payal enjoys spending time with family and friends and is fond of craft ideas.
Sheila Ashley, Senior Fund Consultant, Certified Public Accountant
Sheila is a Senior Fund Consultant with our firm. She is also a Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and North Carolina Society of Certified Public Accountants.
She has earned her MBA from the Jenkins MBA program at North Carolina State University (NCSU). She completed her Bachelors in accounting with a Financial Analysis form Poole College of Management at NCSU. Prior to working with our firm she was working with Telerent Leasing Corporation as a General Ledger Accountant. Sheila enjoys spending time with family and friends and actively involved in her Christian community. She is also fascinated with South Korean culture and hopes to visit Seoul someday.
Jose Garcia-Ruiz, Tax Intern
Jose is a graduate of Berea College with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/ Accounting concentration. Through Berea College work/study program Jose worked at the office of Student Accounts where he gained bookkeeping and office skills. Through his connections at Berea College Jose helped create an Auditing Internship within Berea’s Department of Financial Affairs, where he gained valuable auditing skills and helped with the end of year audit. Jose also volunteered in the VITA/TCE program for two years where he gained Tax Skills and was able to give back to the Berea community in Kentucky.
In the near future Jose hopes to obtain his CPA and become a trustee at his alma mater. He hopes to one day visit Germany and put his German minor to use by experiencing German culture personally. In his free time Jose enjoys playing soccer, working out and reading books. One of his ultimate hobbies is watching his favorite sports teams play, those being Club America, the Carolina Panthers, and Auburn Football.
Emily Moran, Client Relationship Associate
Emily Moran is client relationship associate with our firm. She is in charge of billing, as well as corresponding with clients and prospects. She has been living in Raleigh, NC since 2016 and her home town is Salisbury, Maryland. She likes to travel and explore different cultures.She is a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Annemarie Kelsey, Audit and Tax Intern
AnneMarie Kelsey is an intern with our firm. She is an undergraduate of NC State pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She has hopes to sit for the CPA in the future after graduation. In her free time she is a competitive equestrian and dog mom.
Muneeb Khan, Accouting & Tax Intern
Muneeb is an intern with our Firm and studying at the same time to complete a bachelor of science with major in accounting.