Elliott Davis Professional One of First to Earn Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) Certificate

August 19, 2008

GREENWOOD, SC – August 19, 2008 – Elliott Davis, LLC, one of the Southeast’s largest accounting and business advisory firms, announced that Charles W. Schulze, a CPA financial forensics expert with the firm, has been awarded one of the first Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) Certificates by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The CFF Credential, established in 2008 by the AICPA, is granted to qualified CPAs with considerable professional experience in financial forensics.

Schulze met the requirements to earn the CFF credential, which include demonstrating significant business experience in the area of financial forensics, as well as completing a minimum of 75 hours of life-long learning and education activities in the area of financial forensics. The CFF Credential is granted exclusively to CPAs who are members in good standing of the AICPA which binds them to the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. CPAs who have earned the CFF Credential must be recertified every three years to maintain their credential.

For more than 30 years, Schulze, a licensed CPA in South Carolina, has provided comprehensive tax, accounting and consulting services to Elliott Davis clients, including financial institutions, manufacturing concerns, non-profits and real estate developers. In addition to the CFF certification, Schulze is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Schulze received a bachelor’s of accounting degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina.  He is a former Chairman of the South Carolina Board of Accountancy and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Medical University of South Carolina.



Since 1925, Elliott Davis has been the accounting and business advisory firm that improves the financial management of emerging and middle market clients by offering a comprehensive array of accounting and business advisory services. Today, Elliott Davis is one of the largest accounting and business advisory firms in the Southeast, and among the top companies awarded as “2008 Best Places to Work in South Carolina.” With 51 shareholders, Elliott Davis has 400 employees in 10 offices throughout the Southeast.

Elliott Davis’ affiliates include Elliott Davis Capital Partners, LLC, a regional investment banking
firm; Elliott Davis Technology Solutions, LLC, a leading full-service network integration and security provider; and Elliott Davis Wealth Management Services, LLC, which helps individuals achieve personal financial goals by providing planning, investment, insurance and brokerage services.

The firm is a member of The Leading Edge Alliance, an international professional association of independently-owned accounting and consulting firms based in the U.S., and strategically aligned with LEA Europe and LEA Asia Pacific, a worldwide network of 300 offices in 80 countries around the globe.

For more information about Elliott Davis and its services, visit www.elliottdavis.com