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
  • Business High Point – Treasurer and Board Member
  • Greensboro Chamber of Commerce – Past Board Member
  • Guilford County and High Point Economic Development Corporation – Past Chairperson and Board Member
  • Guilford Merchant Association (GMA) – Past Chairperson
  • High Point Chamber of Commerce – Past Chairperson
  • High Point United Way – Past Chairperson
  • Most Admired CEOs – Triad Business Journal 2016
  • Piedmont Triad Partnership – Board Member
  • Triad Business Journal Power Player – 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023
  • Triad Business Journal Special Achievement Women in Business Award – 2020

Meet Darlene

Darlene has accumulated over 30 years of experience servicing clients in various capacities. She built the foundation of her career as an auditor with national firms but learned that her passion lies in advisory services. She loves helping business owners build, buy or sell companies. As practice leader for the firm’s transaction advisory services group, she has experience with a variety of industries and engagements. She works with independent sponsors, strategic buyers, lenders, and private equity investors as they evaluate investments or lending opportunities. She also enjoys helping business owners proactively prepare for and evaluate their options for a potential sale or other transaction.

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


  • Over 30 years experience serving a variety of companies
  • Buy-side advisory services including financial due diligence and quality of earnings (QOE) projects, transaction structure, working capital, post-transaction accounting, and integration.
  • Sell-side advisory services including evaluating seller readiness and exit options including recapitalizations, and coordinating transaction efforts.
  • Designations: Certified Public Accountant (CPA, NC #23097), Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA), and Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA)


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