In our “Mid-November” newsletter we profiled four candidates for a position on our Board.  There are three open positions voted on each year at our annual conference.  Voting will be on December 6th at our meeting in Orlando.

We have received a new application and biography from a nominee who has met all the qualifications to run for a director, as described in the Chapter Bylaws.

Therefore, we are now presenting all five candidate’s biographies, in alphabetical order, as written by themselves.


Steven began his tax career at H&R Block his senior year in 2006.  At H&R Block, he became a Master Tax Advisor after his second year.  Steven passed the IRS Enrolled Agent exam in 2009 and in 2012 he started his own practice, Hamilton Tax & Accounting, LLC in the Chicago area.  The focus of his practice is small Businesses, Real Estate Investments and Retirement Accounts.  In 2016, Steven started Gryphon CE, LLC which educates other tax professionals in advanced taxation topics.  Steven lives in Florida and runs both his Illinois and Florida offices using a mostly digital tax office format, working with clients worldwide.  He became an NATP Certified Instructor in 2017 and looks forward to teaching with the Florida Chapter.  He is currently studying for the US Tax Court exam and plans to sit for the exam in November, 2018.

In 2017, he married the love of his life, Amy, and has a five year old son who he plays Legos with.  He is an avid traveler and probably should be a travel agent, however he loves taxes too much to give it up.  He is excited about the growth of his tax business to include representation and focusing on writing and teaching fellow tax professionals.


Stuart has been a member of NATP since 1992.  He has been an active Board member since that time and served as Treasurer for many years.  He prepares taxes in Aventura (Miami), dealing mostly with senior citizens.


John was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden.  After high school he studied at a technical college.  He met his future bride, Bibi, there.  They both graduated as Chemical Engineers.  He served the obligatory one year in the Swedish military as a weapons mechanic in the Air Force.,

He worked almost 25 years in the Swedish company, Ericsson, in their materials laboratory as one of the company’s developmental researchers and administrator for one technical division.

In 1983 the family moved to the United States.  John and Bibi started an import business with high-end chandeliers and gift wares from Sweden.  In 1992 they started Jobi Accounting & Tax Services in Spring Hill, FL.

John as been a member of NATP since 1999.  He has served on the Chapter Board since 2003 and is a past Vice-President and the current Chapter President.


John is a Professor Emeritus of Accounting.  He is a CPA and has been a CMA, CFM and CIA, passing all exams on the first attempt.  He holds a DMA from the University of Memphis and an MBA from the University of Georgia.  He has maintained a CPA practice since 1979 with an emphasis in taxation (John L. Stancil, CPA LLC)

He is very active in the community, serving on the Financial Stability Partnership of United Way of Central Florida.  He is formerly Treasurer of His Nets, an international not-for-profit organization and is currently Treasurer at Legacy Christian Church.

He has written tax related papers for numerous publications including the NATP TaxPro Journal and TaxPro Weekly. (2012-2015)  He has spoken at the 2013 NATP National Convention.

Dr. Stancil is married to Gloria, his wife of 48 years and they have two grown children and three grandchildren.  They enjoy travel, especially cruising.  He is a fan of the Atlanta Braves, the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Georgia football and Memphis basketball.


Laura received her EA in 1998.  She and her husband, who is a CFP, co-own a business accounting, tax preparation, representation and financial services firm in Altamonte Springs.  They specialize in working with clients who own small to medium size businesses, have rental properties and/or financial investments and who are interesting or regarding to work with.

Laura has been an NATP member since 1997, a Certified NATP Instructor since 2010 and teaches at many of our Chapter conferences and workshops.  Laura currently serves on the Florida Chapter board as our Vice-President and Education Committee Chair.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet with all the candidates at our annual conference.  If you have not yet registered for the conference, see the November newsletters for complete details.