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I love what I do and most importantly, I love the people I am privileged to do it with. Childress Klein’s support of my personal and professional growth over the last 20+ years has allowed me to reach career achievements that I had not even imagined were possible.

Portia Grant, CPA

Partner - Director of Office Property Operations
Charlotte, NC

Abound with talent, wisdom, and tireless dedication, Portia remains a driving force in shaping the financial success and integrity of Childress Klein.

Anchoring the accounting and finance team for the office division at Childress Klein, Portia is a beacon of leadership and experience. With a career spanning more than 20 years, she skillfully oversees daily accounting operations for more than 10 million square feet of Class-A office buildings. Her realm of management extends to a talented team of six accountants, fostering relationships with Property Managers, Partners, and external Owners alike.

Portia embodies the spirit of collaboration and consensus-building, virtues that greatly contribute to her success. She has helped breathe new life into the firm by diversifying its accounting services. Showing an uncanny knack for technology adaptation, she has been instrumental in steering two accounting software conversions. This includes ushering in a seamless purchase order system and a cutting-edge electronic workflow for accounts payable and contracts. Armed with critical and strategic thinking skills, she stands as an invaluable pillar of strength amidst the firm's ongoing growth.

Portia's expertise is as diverse as it is deep, encompassing tax preparation, county-wide real estate property tax appeals, asset valuations, and proficiency in a cadre of accounting software suites, including Yardi, Colonial, CTI, MRI, Skyline, and Timberline.

Showcasing her leadership in demanding scenarios, Portia has spearheaded accounting operations for multiple intricate office building projects across the Charlotte area. These include the Lowe’s Tech Hub, Duke Energy Center, Wells Fargo Cultural Campus, and LPL Financial Southeast Corporate Headquarters.

MBA, Business Administration | Strayer University
B.S. Accounting | Strayer University

Childress Klein
Office Division Controller, 2000 – Present

American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA)
Alpha Chi National College Honor Society
Board Member of Florence Crittenton Services