Leonard, Darlene H.

Darlene H. Leonard

Assurance and Transaction Advisory Services Partner


  • Averett University – B.S. Business Administration, Accounting

Community Involvement

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – Member
  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants – Member
  • Wake Forest University Center for Private Business – Executive Commitee Member
  • Business High Point – Treasurer and Board Member
  • Gate City Rotary Club – Past President
  • Greensboro Chamber of Commerce – Board Member
  • Guilford County Economic Development Alliance – Chair
  • Guilford Merchant Association (GMA) – Board Member
  • High Point Chamber of Commerce – Past Chairperson
  • High Point Economic Development Corporation – Chair
  • High Point United Way – Past Chairperson
  • Most Admired CEOs – Triad Business Journal 2016
  • Triad’s Most Influential People – Triad Business Journal 2016

Meet Darlene

Darlene is the Managing Partner of Smith Leonard and is driven by a mission to further develop the talents within the Firm and equip them with the right technological tools to serve clients in the most efficient and effective manner possible. She leads by example and has over 30 years of experience serving both public and privately-held companies.

As practice leader for the firm’s transaction advisory services group, she works with a variety of companies to complete both buy-side and sell-side transactions, including strategic buyers, lenders, and private equity investors. She is a certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor.

Darlene and her husband Todd live in Summerfield. They have two grown sons – Myles and Sidney, and a shih tzu named Mac. Darlene enjoys exercising, traveling, and reading inspirational books.


  • Over 30 years of experience serving both public and privately-held companies
  • Industries served – manufacturing, distribution, retail, service, and transportation
  • Specialties include – due diligence for mergers & acquisitions, ESOPs, purchase accounting
  • NC CPA License #23097
  • Designations:  CM&AA


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