Steven graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College and a Master of Science degree in Accounting from East Carolina University. He received his CPA license in early 2020.
Mr. Franklin worked in the logistics and construction industries as a controller before joining the public accounting profession in early 2019. In 2023, Steven joined forces with long time business partner, Herb Freeman, to form Franklin Freeman CPA. In his free-time he enjoys spending time with his family including partner Jesse Rogers and their dogs Ranger and Wanda. They like to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway and visit the Biltmore Estate.
NC CPA License #43753
Herb graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University in 1993. He began pursuing a master’s degree in Range Science when he decided to go into the field of accounting after a series of unplanned events. Mr. Freeman passed all four parts of the CPA exam on his first try and began his career in 1998 as an intern at a large firm in Asheville, NC. He then became a Certified Fraud Examiner for several years and after, spent a year as a controller in private industry. Herbert C. Freeman, CPA PC was founded in 2007 when many former clients reached out for his personal services. In his free time, Herb enjoys fishing and hunting. His other hobbies include farming and traveling with his family.
NC CPA License #38116
Senior Staff Accountant
Leigh graduated with a master’s degree in Education and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She worked in Special Education for twenty years prior to relocating to Asheville in 2012.
Her role in the company includes tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services, as well as administrative support.
Leigh’s hobbies include basket weaving and reading. She enjoys exploring Western North Carolina, festivals, hiking, and spending time with her husband Ed, grandkids, and dog Charlie.
Arielle was born and raised in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and has always called them home. She attended both the University of North Carolina Asheville and Blue Ridge Community College. She joined our team in 2019, and her role in the company consists of client and administrative support...always with a smile and willingness to help!
Arielle loves spending her free time with her family, friends, and dog Arizona. Her hobbies include painting and making pottery, as well as selling vintage clothing online.
Kristine graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a certificate in conference planning. She has a background in managing small offices.
Mrs. Freeman has been a bookkeeper for more than 15 years with extensive knowledge in QuickBooks. In the company, she performs payroll tax functions and treasurer duties for several nonprofits in the area.
She has been married since 1991 and is a mother to two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, and renovating her family’s home.