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Our Lake Placid Team

About Our Firm

For years, Hoffman Eells & Gray, CPAs, P.C. has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

Hoffman Eells & Gray, CPAs, P.C. is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Hoffman Eells & Gray, CPAs, P.C. is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Hoffman Eells & Gray, CPAs, P.C. receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Douglas L. Hoffman, CPA, Managing Partner

Douglas has been with the firm since January 2007.

He has been working with a wide variety of clients, from small family-owned businesses to high net worth individuals, with their estate, tax, business, and personal planning for more than 35 years. Prior to starting his own CPA firm, he worked for Price Waterhouse & Co., and was the controller for the Lake Placid 1980 Olympic Winter Games. He also has the experience of operating thirteen businesses between his wife, three children, and his own entities in their family enterprises.

Douglas is a consultant and principal in American Business Transitions, Inc., an organization dedicated to helping family business owners. He is also a partner in Adirondack Asset Management, LLC, a personal financial planning and investment management firm.

Douglas received his BS in Accounting from SUNY Plattsburgh and his MBA from the University of Connecticut. He has also been accredited with the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Community Involvement

  • Adirondack Medical Center, Finance Committee
  • Adirondack Medical Center Foundation, Inc.
  • Lake Placid Festival of Cars
  • Lake Placid Lions Club
  • Lake Placid Ski Club
  • Olympic Car Show
  • Olympic Regional Development Authority
  • Member - NYSSCPA, AICPA

    Pamela J. Laplante, Accounting & Tax Partner

    Pam has been with the firm since January 2007.

    Pam began working in the accounting field upon her graduation from high school in 1973 when she was hired by Henry Gelles, a local attorney/public accountant, to learn the preparation of payroll, payroll tax reports, sales tax, and bookkeeping. She was promoted to accountant when Mr. Gelles sold his practice to Douglas L. Hoffman, CPA in 1981, at which time she began to learn the preparation of individual & business tax returns and financial statements. She remained on staff when Mr. Hoffman merged his practice with Hoffman & Eells CPAs, P.C. in 2007 and has been with the firm ever since.

    Her areas of expertise include tax, bookkeeping, and compilations & reviews of financial statements.

    In her community, Pam volunteers with the Saranac Lake Rotary Club.

    She resides in Saranac Lake, NY.

    Laurie A. Miller

    Laurie joined the firm in 2000.

    Prior to this, she worked for eleven years at NBT Bank N.A.

    Her areas of expertise include payroll and sales tax services.

    Laurie graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1988 with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting.

    She resides in Lake Clear, NY.

    Jessica L. Preston, Staff Accountant

    Jessica joined the firm in May 2014.

    She has over a decade of banking and lending experience, having worked as a customer service representative and assistant branch manager/lender.

    Her areas of expertise include QuickBooks, bookkeeping, and individual & corporate taxation.

    Jessica graduated from North Country Community College in 2005 with a degree in Liberal Arts & Science. She is currently pursuing her BS in Accounting at Southern New Hampshire University and hopes to become licensed as a CPA soon after graduation.

    Jessica is also a Notary Public, and serves as chair of the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

    She resides in Lake Placid, NY.

    JoAnne L. Snyder

    JoAnne joined the firm in December 2015.

    She has prior experience as a payroll intern at Plattsburgh City School.

    JoAnne received her BS in Accounting from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2015, and is currently working toward her CPA licensure.

    She resides in Lake Placid, NY.