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Who We Are

About Our Firm

Luther Nicholson started the accounting and tax practice (L.B. Nicholson, CPA) in 1952 and maintained it as a sole proprietorship for 35 years. In 1987, the firm became Nicholson and Clopton and remained that way for another 10 years until it became Clopton & Company in 1997, and Cathy R. Clopton, CPA in 2006. In late 2008, the firm opened a second office in Rockwall with the purchase of a 5-year old practice.  In the eight years since opening our second office, technology has made it possible to work from virtually anywhere with computers and good internet access. So, in late 2016, we took advantage of such technology and consolidated our operations back to the office in Garland.

Our Team

Cathy Clopton, CPA

Cathy Clopton joined the firm in 1987 after working in the banking industry for 10 years. She became a CPA in 1980 after completing her bachelor`s degree in accounting from Baylor University in 1976. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the firm, as well as works with clients in the preparation of their tax returns and financial statements. She currently maintains memberships in the Texas Society of CPAs and the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs.

A sixth-generation member of a pioneer Garland family, Cathy has always taken an interest in community and civic affairs. She currently serves on the Board of Hope Clinic of Garland, Inc. and has served on the boards of the Garland Chamber of Commerce and New Beginning Center as well as on various GISD, City of Garland, PTA and church committtes. She married her high-school sweetheart, Rick Clopton, after they both graduated from Baylor. They have two daughters, both with health care careers (no more accountants from this generation!), one son-in-law, and a granddaughter and a grandson.

Rick Clopton, CPA/PFS

Rick Clopton joined L. B. Nicholson, CPA in 1985 after working in the steel and oil/gas industries for 9 years. He became a CPA in 1982 after completing his bachelor`s degree in accounting from Baylor University in 1976. He works with clients in the preparation of their tax returns and assists clients as their need for financial planning arises. He currently maintains memberships in the Texas Society of CPAs, the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, the Personal Financial Planning Division of the American Institute of CPAs, and the American Institute of CPAs.

Having lived in Garland since he was 14 months old, Rick has also taken an interest in community and civic affairs. He has served on the Boards of Trustees for Baylor Specialty Hospital, Garland Chamber of Commerce, and Baylor Hospital at Garland where he was chairman for 6 years. He has also volunteered time to various committees for Garland Chamber of Commerce, City of Garland, and their church. His hobbies include golf, so as to maintain the swing that helped him earn his way onto the Baylor baseball team where he started in the outfield all four years and onto the 1975 Pan American Games Baseball team, which won a silver medal in Mexico City.

Stacey Garretson - Senior Bookkeeper

Stacey joined our firm in January, 2005. She has extensive experience in general ledger accounting, financial statement preparation, payroll processing and payroll reporting. She began working in the accounting field in 1996 in Jonesboro, Arkansas when she took a position working as a receptionist for a small CPA firm. She soon developed an interest in the accounting process and quickly worked her way from receptionist to full charge bookkeeper. Over the years, Stacey has become very knowledgeable of various accounting software packages and has been deemed a "QuickBooks Whiz". When new clients join our firm and wish to use QuickBooks, we strongly recommend they book an appointment with her to assist in the setup and overall use of the software.

Stacey moved to Garland,Texas in 2000 when she married the love of her life, Doug. She is a proud step-mother and grandmother. In her spare time, Stacey loves to go antique shopping and has acquired quite a large collection of cookie jars. She enjoys writing poetry and short stories and hopes to one day have a book published. Other interests include classic television shows, with a special interest in The Andy Griffith Show as that is how she met her husband.

Amie Lopez - Bookkeeper

Amie joined the firm in our Rockwall office in September 2010 as an administrative assistant. In September 2012, she was promoted to bookkeeper where we are able to take better advantage of her experience, which includes 6+ years of payroll, 8+ years of accounts receivable and accounts payable, and 10+ years of QuickBooks. In her prior work life, she has worked as a bank teller and even occasionally was asked to contest property tax renditions. She has lived and worked in the DFW area her entire life.

Away from the office, Amie is kept busy with mountain biking, camping/hiking, and traveling, including a yearly trip to the Sierra Nevada's with her husband, Daniel. Other hobbies include cooking, reading, and music.

Tricia Slocum- Administrative Assistant

Tricia joined the firm in May of 2014 as the administrative assistant in the Garland office. Over the years she has held a variety of positions in the accounting field such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, and billing. She has also managed several small businesses at different points in her past. Her varied background and work experience makes her a great fit for our firm.

Tricia is a native Texan, and was born and raised in Garland. She enjoys organizing functions both for business and pleasure and specializes in party planning. She has often been told she should be a professional party planner by those around her. She and her husband, Kris, enjoy traveling around the world and want to retire to a tropical island one day. Until that day comes, they are enjoying the search for the right one. She also likes sky diving and thrill rides. Tricia is a big animal lover, but cats are her animal of choice. She and her husband have three cats, and she is always trying to talk him into a fourth.