Firm Profile

Firm History

Gould Killian CPA Group, P.A. traces its beginnings to 1966. While the name of the firm has changed over the years, there has been an underlying consistency in quality accounting services. The firm has had steady growth and stable, long-term relationships with its clients. Our total staff of about 40 individuals includes CPAs, accountants, and administrative personnel.

Gould Killian is located in the Sawyer Motor Company Building on Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville. The building, completed in 1926 is one of the most intact surviving automobile dealership buildings in downtown Asheville from the early twentieth century

The Sawyer Motor Company Building used to be the location of Matthews Ford Lincoln Mercury. There are internal car ramps, so that the upper floors stored the vehicle inventory and the main floor was the showroom. Notice the tractor exiting the building.


Our approach to the practice of accounting is one of team work. Within the firm, we put the resources of a diverse professional staff to work for our clients by operating as a team.

We also work as a member of a professional team that includes the client's attorney, banker, insurance agent, stockbroker, and other professionals.

We believe that to provide our clients with quality accounting and tax services we must know the client and the client's business. With us, a client isn't simply a set of faceless numbers. We strive to learn the needs and goals of the individuals and the businesses behind the numbers.

Core Values

  1. We believe that the financial information we report, the advice we give, and the numbers we generate have meaning and, consequently, affect client’s decisions and directly impact their financial well-being. Because of this, it is critically important that the work we do and the advice we give is accurate, reliable, clearly communicated, and timely.
  2. We believe that to generate such work requires strong technical skills, broad experience, intimate knowledge of the client, and professional curiosity. It also requires a methodical and comprehensive approach, critical thinking, and a proactive use of our technical skills.
  3. We strive to provide our services with a cost-benefit approach that results in a fair fee to the client and a profitable practice, without compromising the quality work we value.
  4. We are a good corporate citizen, investing the time, talent, and financial contributions of the firm and its members in wide-ranging civic, professional, and charitable organizations.
  5. We support the professional development of our staff with training, a collaborative work environment, and feedback. We expect intellect, drive, and professionalism from our staff.
  6. We insist upon ethical behavior and honesty, and our clients and those with whom we interact depend on it.
  7. We have a respectful, caring workplace with close working and personal relationships. A good portion of our lives is spent together. We want this time to be affirming, to foster personal and professional growth, and to be financially rewarding.
  8. We strive to cultivate the practice in such a way as to help ensure its continued success and its valuable service to our clients and the community.