Kearns Lowman, CPA is involved in tax planning, retirement and estate planning, business planning, tax return preparation, accounting, peer review and auditing. Kearns is a graduate of Elon College and moved to the Outer Banks from Greensboro, North Carolina in 1992 where he was a partner with a local accounting firm. From 1992 to 1994, he operated his own practice on the Outer Banks before forming Burgess, Lowman & Associates, PA with Teresa Burgess.
Kearns is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. He is a qualified peer reviewer in the AICPA peer review program and is a past member of the Peer Review Executive Committee of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Kearns is a member of the First Flight Rotary Club and the Nags Head Surf Fishing Club. He has also served as treasurer of the First Flight Rotary Club and is a past president of the Nags Head Surf Fishing Club.
Kearns resides in Southern Shores with his wife, Rhonda, who is also a CPA.
Teresa F. Burgess, CPA is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked in public accounting and private industry since 1980. She began her career in the tax and small business department of one of the "Big Four" (formerly "Big Eight") public accounting firms, then moved on the private industry with a Fortune 500 firm where she worked in international and federal tax research and planning. She returned to public accounting in 1988 when she moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As a shareholder/director of Burgess, Lowman & Lay, PA, she provides her clients with tax, auditing, accounting and consulting services. She is experienced with the real estate and construction industries, homeowners associations, country clubs and small non-profits, general small business and has worked extensively in individual and business tax planning.
Teresa is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and is licensed to practice in both North Carolina and Virginia.
Rose E Lay joined Burgess, Lowman & Lay, PA as a partner/director in 2004. Rose concentrates in working closely with business and professional clients in the design, implementation, and maintenance of accounting systems as well as providing controllership/CFO services. She also provides client and staff training to allow the production of accurate, useful, internal financial information. Additionally, she is well versed in corporate, partnership and individual tax issues and planning along with advisory services for start-ups, troubled businesses and going concerns.
Prior to joining Burgess Lowman & Lay, PA, Rose's experience included work as a Federal auditor, CFO of a $500 million, multi-state manufacturer and agribusiness, and over twenty-five years in public accounting in northeastern North Carolina and Atlanta, Ga. Her client experience encompasses medical practice, construction, food service, and retail concerns among others.
Rose received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. She is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, and is certified to practice in North Carolina and Georgia. She resides in Nags Head with her husband, Russell Lay.
Rhonda Lowman, CPA holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She joined Burgess, Lowman & Lay, PA in 2013. Rhonda’s work experience includes private industry and over fifteen years of public accounting.
She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. She is certified to practice in the state of North Carolina.