A Brief History
In 1980, Robert opened his own practice in Blowing Rock, NC. He had a few stepping-stones on the way before setting up shop in this mountain town, where he raised his two children, one of which would later become his business partner. Robert graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later, worked for Seidman & Seidman, CPAs in High Point, NC. Following this, he opened a wholesale hardware business catering to the furniture industry in the same area. As he began his move up to the mountains and before settling in Blowing Rock, he also worked for a regional accounting firm in Lenoir. Since the founding of his business, Robert has accumulated over four decades of experience working with individuals and small businesses.
In the fall of 2013, Robert’s son Sam joined his public practice. Sam studied at North Carolina State University majoring in accounting while working for a local CPA firm in the Raleigh area and after graduation, joined Ernst & Young, LLP(EY) in Raleigh and Charlotte. Working with these firms exposed Sam to a variety of tax specialties, such as personal financial services, estate planning, business tax advisory, compliance, consulting, and international tax. Robert saw the experiences Sam was gaining in these areas, so invited him to join the firm.
After a few years of working together, Robert and Sam decided to form Hess & Hess, LLP in 2017. Sam like Robert also decided to raise his family in Blowing Rock, with his wife Morgan and their daughter Sloan. Together, Robert and Sam work across a wide variety of industries and individual tax needs.