Beth Garner

Assurance Partner National Practice Leader, Employee Benefit Plan Audits


BDO Atlanta Office



Executive Summary

Beth Lee Garner has over 21 years of accounting experience, including significant experience serving employee benefit plans and the financial institution industry. She has led BDO’s National Employee Benefit Plan Audit practice since 2016 and is the partner on many large audits across the United States.
Beth has significant experience auditing defined contribution, defined benefit, and health and welfare plans. She consults on plan improvements, mergers and acquisitions, plan terminations, frozen plans, and correction of compliance failures. During her time at BDO, Beth has also been involved in several Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) consulting projects. Prior to joining BDO she was Vice President/Controller of a publicly traded bank where she dealt with many types of investments.
Beth is focused reviewer for complex employee benefit plan audits, including 403(b) and health and welfare plans. She also provides detailed training to the entire firm on benefit plan–specific items, develops the audit programs used by engagement teams at BDO and the BDO Alliance Network, and was involved in developing the audit methodology tool used by engagement teams when auditing benefit plans. She is a frequent speaker on various technical issues for both industry and professional organizations. Beth is also a contributor to The EBP Commentator, BDO’s employee benefit plan newsletter, and regularly serves as a facilitator at BDO national training events.
She also serves the Southeast Region as the Core Values Champion and Women’s Inclusion Leader, working with national leadership to identify and develop opportunities to enhance employees’ work lives and performance.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA)
Women in Pensions Network (WiPN) – Atlanta Chapter


Graduate School of Banking, Louisiana State University
B.B.A., Valdosta State University