Meet Our Team

Trudy Thornton

Owner, Accountant, & Tax Professional

Trudy is a proud native of the Tar Heel state! With over 25 years of experience in accounting and tax preparation, Trudy has worked in several different industries which have allowed her to have a wealth of knowledge relating to the client’s side of the desk. When she is not working as an accountant, Trudy can be found working as a North Carolina Real Estate Agent with her second company, Thornton Property Management Services, LLC. Her pleasant personality and compassion for every client makes sometimes unpleasant tasks manageable. Trudy enjoys crafting, playing with her cats, and spending time with her son and daughters in her spare time.

Bonita Grubbs

Office Manager

Bonita has over 12 years of administrative experience. From working in medical settings, to working in insurance, and now for Thornton Tax & Business Services, Bonita is a jack of all trades! She is skilled in all things related to admin; billing, data entry, scheduling, you name it. Whenever you call our office number you will most likely be greeted by her. In her spare time Bonita enjoys chasing her son, Cory, and enjoying the culinary skills of her husband, Kelby. If you ever need to know current events or the latest true crime updates, Bonita is your girl!

RJ Thornton

Bookkeeping & Tax Preparation Assistant

RJ is originally from Durham, North Carolina and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds a B.A. in Music Education and Popular Music from Catawba College and an MBA with a concentration in Music Business from Southern New Hampshire University and Berklee College of Music. RJ is the first employee of TTBS and is responsible for assisting with data management along with an array of administrative tasks. When RJ is not working for his mom, he can be found playing behind the drums or working with his wife, Jean, at Batch in Nashville as the Accounting Manager.

Tyler Quillen

Staff Associate

Tyler was born and raised in Mebane, North Carolina, and started his journey at TTBS as an intern, shadowing Trudy. Tyler’s grandmother, Nancy, has been good friends with Trudy for almost two decades! Tyler graduated from Orange High School, in the Class of 2022. He has goals of attending Durham Technical Community College and pursuing a degree in Accounting or Financial Business. When Tyler is not working at TTBS, he can be found reading, bowling, or playing with his dog, Sophie!

Stacy Thornton

Media & Graphics Coordinator

Stacy is currently a junior at Appalachian State University, pursuing a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with minors in American Sign Language, Appalachian Studies, and Public Health. After college, Stacy plans to pursue medical school in order to become a Speech Language Pathologist. Almost all of the media materials and marketing that you see are designed and uploaded by her – including this website! When she is not in class or working, Stacy loves to go hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway and bake.

Jean Thornton

Special Project Coordinator

Jean originally hails from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and Dance from Catawba College. She is the second employee of Thornton Tax and Business Services, and is responsible for assisting with certain projects such as the design of our new office! Jean currently works as the Assistant Operations Director at Batch all the way in Nashville, Tennessee where she resides with her snuggly kitties, Chili and Queso, and her husband, RJ!