Deborah Stockman Hodges has more than 30 years of experience in public and private accounting. She serves as quality control partner for the regional accounting firm of Prichard, Dewberry & Hodges, PC, where she provides technical oversight for the firm’s audit and attest engagements, along with taxes, consulting, litigation support and other accounting services. Her clients include a broad range of businesses and professions, including professional services, construction, rural utilities, manufacturing, restaurants, and wholesale and retail operations, as well as governmental and nonprofit entities. Together with her husband, she is also a co-owner of Hall-Namie Packing Company, Inc., the producer of Hall’s Sausage and a USDA-inspected meat wholesaler. Deborah serves the company administratively as well as acting as its brand ambassador in community outreach events.
Deborah is an honors graduate of Mississippi University for Women, the nation’s first public college for women, where she was also a Centennial Scholar. She served the national Alumni Association on various committees, including two terms as treasurer and as its national president, during which she led and implemented the association’s first strategic planning process. She has recently started her third term as a trustee of the Mississippi Nurses’ Foundation, which supports Mississippi’s nurses and various community health initiatives. She has also served on the board and as a volunteer for numerous other organizations.
Professionally, she is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Estate Planning Council of Mobile. Deborah is also a frequent speaker and a training leader on a variety of tax and accounting topics. She received the Kathryn Cariglino Award for Business Woman of the Year from the Women’s Business Center of Southern Alabama in 2018.
In relation to her family’s business, she often cooks and serves the company’s products at various fundraisers and festivals. Deborah, a certified judge for both the World Food Championships and the Steak Cookoff Association, has been a competitive cook and a judge for several competitions. Much to her surprise, she’s never come in last and has even been a winner!
Deborah is married to her college boyfriend, Jim, and they have three children, one who works in the family business, one who recently graduated from Mississippi State University, and one who is still in college. Deborah and Jim live on a small farm in George County, where they raise long-horned cattle for no reason other than that they look pretty in the pasture.