Deborah Smith CPA

Partner, Grant Thornton LLP

Debbie is a partner in Grant Thornton LLP’s national professional standards group, specializing in employee benefit plan assurance. She has over 28 years of experience in auditing benefit plans and has practiced exclusively in this area for the past 21 years. Debbie recently completed a three year term on the U.S. Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council. She is a past chairman of the AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Expert Panel, has served on the executive committee of the AICPA’s Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center, and also served multiple years on the Technical Standards Subcommittee of the Professional Ethics Committee. Debbie represents Grant Thornton through her continued active involvement in various AICPA committees and task forces, and she is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on employee benefit plans. Debbie is a member of the AICPA, the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society, and earned her B.A. in Accounting from Loyola University.