Licensed CPA Staff


Scott P. Hansberry, CPA, MST

Masters Degree in Taxation
NC CPA License # 19601

Scott Hansberry, the founder, is a Certified Public Accountant who holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters Degree in Taxation from Bentley College. He has more than 30 years combined experience in public accounting (including the big 4), along with positions as CFO & Treasurer, Tax Director and Pension Plan Administrator for a large, privately held, multi-national, $220M manufacturing corporation and as an accounting professor.

Scott is especially knowledgeable in areas of international taxation and has had extensive tax and business exposure throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.  He also has experience with business acquisitions and divestitures, industrial revenue bond placements, system analysis and design, and pension investment responsibility. 

Scott is currently on the Board of Trustees for Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. and is a member in good standing of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of CPAs.  He was formerly a member of New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation's Professional Advisory Council and former Treasurer for the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

Julia K. Eskander, CPA, MSA

Masters Degree in Accounting

NC CPA License # 35477

Julia Eskander holds a Masters and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she graduated at the top of her class and twice received outstanding academic achievement awards.  She has been employed by Hansberry CPA & Consulting, Inc. for 3 years. She offers business advising and consulting services and has extensive experience with medical practices since she worked as a Practice Manager for a local physician prior to becoming a CPA. Julia also provides accounting, tax planning, and return preparation services for businesses and individuals.  Julia is fluent in Russian.


Gary L. Swanson, CPA, MSA

Masters Degree in Accounting

QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Gary Swanson has a Masters degree in Business Administration and Bachelors degree; both from Indiana University.  He is a licensed CPA in both North Carolina and Indiana.  Past career experiences include self-employed CPA, Partner in a CPA firm and CFO & COO of public companies which, when combined, accumulate to over 25 years experience.  Over the past few years, Gary has served as treasurer for the local chapter of SCORE, a national organization affiliated with the SBA which provides mentoring services for clients desiring to start or grow their businesses.  He received the Mentor of the Year Award in 2015 for his service.

Non-Licensed Staff

      Paul M. Soyk, MST

 Masters Degree in Accounting

Paul Soyk has a Masers of Science in Taxation from Walsh College and a Bachelors in Business Administration, Accounting, from Wayne State University.  Paul moved to Wilmington, NC in January 2017 and brings over 30 years of public and private accounting experience to Hansberry CPA & Consulting, Inc.  


     Iris S. Cooper


Iris Cooper holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a minor in Leadership Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She became interested in income tax preparation in 1997 when she began helping friends and family with their returns. Her professional career began in 2005 when she became a VITA certified income tax preparer. Iris has worked with both public and private accounting firms and has experience preparing individual, corporate and non-profit tax returns. Iris likes to give back to the community; she has taught elementary school children financial literacy through Junior Achievement and currently serves on three local non-profit boards including a position as Vice President of the New Hanover County Council of PTA's.  Iris is originally from The Outer Banks and moved to Wilmington in 2003.   







Amy K. Hayes

Administrative Assistant

Amy Hayes holds a Bachelor’s degree in both Spanish and Elementary Education from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD.  She taught at the elementary level for 5 years in Maryland.   Amy loves to volunteer and has previously traveled to Fiji for 4 months of service work where she taught and helped build rain water harvesting systems and is currently a Wish Grantor with Make A Wish Eastern NC.