About Annette Hamilton of Compass Accounting & Business Solutions
Annette Hamilton founded Hamilton Associates, LLC and began operating Compass Accounting & Business Solutions in 2007. With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Management, Finance & Accounting) and post-graduate work in Advanced Accounting, Ms. Hamilton has more than 25 years of experience in management, accounting, forensic accounting, internal auditing, process improvement, and taxation. Building on her years of experience with a variety of non-profit and governmental organizations, as well as fifteen years as a trusted member of several businesses, Ms. Hamilton decided to build her own business. Over the years, Compass Accounting & Business Solutions has provided the level of trusted and affordable services that have established meaningful long-term business relationships.
With almost a decade of focused effort, Ms. Hamilton has built Compass Accounting & Business Solutions from the ground up with a strong referral base of satisfied business clients and individuals requesting her services. The majority of ‘new’ business today still comes from referrals from current and past clients.
As Compass Accounting & Business Solutions has evolved, it has expanded its reach beyond traditional accounting services. Ms. Hamilton has grown her accounting and tax preparation practice to now include cost-saving services such as CFO services, forensic accounting, internal auditing, and process improvement. She has been appointed by a Superior Court Judge as the General Receiver of a business-related lawsuit spanning over a 3 year period which required her to perform forensic accounting and reporting to the court.
Ms. Hamilton’s years of experience in the public, non-profit, and for-profit sectors provide her with unique expertise and knowledge that enhance her understanding of the details of how daily operations directly relate to an organization’s financial results. It is these financial results, accurately reported in internal and external documents that form much of the basis from which many important decisions are made.
Ms. Hamilton combines competencies including Financial Reporting, Internal Auditing, Forensic Accounting, Financial Analysis, Fraud Prevention, Fraud Examination, Treasury, Budget/Forecasting, Project Management, Contract Compliance, State & Federal Compliance, US GAAP and Taxation. Her written and verbal communications skills compliment her analytical and technical skills enabling her to write, document, develop and implemented new policy and procedures that improve systems and processes.
Over the course of the past three years, Compass Accounting & Business Solutions’ revenues have grown by more than 50%. That growth attests to Ms. Hamilton's breadth of experience which allows her to quickly understand “the big picture”, accurately review the details, and analyze data to develop and implement the steps necessary to achieve successful solutions, while saving money, improving efficiency, reducing risk, and providing accurate and reliable financial reporting.
Annette currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Tax Professionals for Washington State 2017-2019.
January 2017-selected for the 2016 Mukilteo Small Business Excellence Award.
Best of Mukilteo 2015-2016.
Five-star rating on Thumbtack.
Selected for "Distinguished Female Professionals" calendar 2017 by the International Women's Leadership Association.