Starla Hughes

Title: Audit Manager

NC CPA License #: 26312

Years at SMC: 1997 - Present          

Quote – What excites you about your career?

 “No day is ever the same.  I interact with a variety of people on a daily basis that have different needs.  Listening and getting to know the clients the best part of the job.”

Starla joined SMC in 1997 when returned to North Carolina after finishing college and working two years in Alabama.  Starla graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1995 from Troy University with a Bachelors degree.  She has extensive experience in auditing a variety of industries including retirement plans, auto dealerships and construction.

Starla grew up in Asheboro, NC and is a graduate of Southwestern Randolph High School.  She stays very busy with her family when not working in the Greensboro office of SMC or at a client’s office.  She has been married to Phillip since 1993.  They have two sons, Ross and Ryan.  Ross is in college at UNCC while Ryan is at home finishing school. 


  • Troy University – B.S. Accounting, 1995


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Member
  • North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA) – Member
  • NCACPA Employee Benefit Plan Committee – Vice Chair
  • AGN Employee Benefit Plan Group – Core Team Leader
  • Southwestern Randolph High School Athletic Booster Club
  • Asheboro Jaycees (aged out) – former member holding multiple positions including President and Chairman of the Board
  • North Carolina Jaycees (aged out) – Past Treasurer


  • 2009 United States Jaycees Family of the Year
  • 2008 Leadership Greensboro Graduate
  • 2006 NC Jaycees Sprull Thornton Speak Up Award

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