About Annette Hamilton of Compass Accounting & Business Solutions
Annette Hamilton, founded Hamilton Associates LLC and began operating Compass Accounting & Business Solutions in 2007. She attended Nichols College in Massachusetts and studied abroad at the International College of London obtaining her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Management, Finance & Accounting) and post-graduate work in Advanced Accounting to complete a degree in Accounting and meet essential CPA requirements.
Ms. Hamilton has years of experience in management, accounting, forensic accounting & Investigations, internal auditing, state & federal audit assistance, process improvement, taxation and tax resolution. Building on her years of experience with a variety of industries including software, manufacturing, cruiseline, hospitality, Health/Medical, non-profit and governmental organizations, as well as fifteen years as a trusted member of several businesses, Ms. Hamilton decided to build her own business practice. Over the past 13 years Compass Accounting & Business Solutions has provided a high level of trusted and affordable services that have established meaningful long-term business relationships as a Trusted Advisor.
With more than a decade of focused effort, Ms. Hamilton has built Compass Accounting & Business Solutions from the ground up with a strong referral base of satisfied business clients and individuals requesting her services from all over the USA and internationally. The majority of ‘new’ business today still comes from referrals from current and past clients, third party referrals and business associates. As Compass Accounting & Business Solutions has evolved, it has expanded its reach beyond traditional accounting & tax services. Ms. Hamilton has enhanced the services to also include; CFO services, forensic accounting, financial investigations, internal auditing, process-improvement, business consulting, business valuations, payroll services and more. She has been appointed by a Superior Court Judge as the General Receiver in a business-related lawsuit spanning over 3-years which required her to perform receivership duties and forensic & investigative accounting, reporting her findings to the court covering 10 years of financial transactions. Ms. Hamilton has been engaged as a forensic accountant to investigative Trust Accounts, mortgage accounts, For-Profit businesses & Non-Profits. Her work has included working with private investigator(s) and prosecuting attorney(s) to go over her findings and reports which have resulted in a guilty pleading and conviction.
Ms. Hamilton’s years of experience in the public, non-profit, and for-profit sectors, provide her with unique expertise and knowledge that enhance her understanding of the details of how daily operations directly relate to an organization’s financial results. It is these financial results, accurately reported in internal and external documents that form much of the basis from which many important decisions are made. Ms. Hamilton combines competencies including Financial Reporting, Internal Auditing, Forensic Accounting, Financial Analysis, Fraud Prevention, Fraud Examination, Treasury, Budget/Forecasting, Project Management, Contract Compliance, State & Federal Compliance, US GAAP accounting and Taxation. Her written and verbal communications skills compliment her analytical and technical skills enabling her to write, document, develop and implemented new policy and procedures that improve systems and processes.
Over the course of the past six years, Compass Accounting & Business Solutions’ revenues have grown by more than 70%. That growth attests to Ms. Hamilton’s breadth of experience which allows her to quickly understand “the big picture”, accurately review the details, and analyze data to develop and implement the steps necessary to achieve successful solutions, while saving money, improving efficiency, reducing risk, and providing accurate and reliable financial reporting and consulting.
Ms. Hamilton served on the board of the National Association of Tax Professionals(NATP) of WA State from 2017-2018-2019 and participates in Mukilto and Lynnwood Chambers of Commerce , National Association of Accountants (NSA) and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Mukilteo Small Business Excellence Award 2016-2017-2018-2019
Best of Mukilteo 2015-2016-2017-2018-2019
Five-star rating on Thumbtack, Thervo and A+ rating with Better Business Bureau
Selected for "Distinguished Female Professionals" calendar 2017 by the International Women's Leadership Association and listed in World Wide Publishing 21st Addition of Empowering Executives, Professionals & Entrepreneurs around the globe