Harper, Rains, Knight & Company, P.A.

Cecil Harper

Cecil Harper CPA

Chief Executive Consultant

Cecil Harper CPA

Chief Executive Consultant


Cecil Harper, CPA is the Chief Executive Officer of Harper, Rains, Knight & Company, P.A. Cecil has over forty-three (43) years of experience in public accounting serving client needs in a variety of industries. Cecil’s areas of expertise include audit, tax and consulting, strategic business planning, budgeting, business valuations, forensic accounting, and litigation support services.

Cecil has considerable experience with financial institutions including, thirty-five (35) years of experience in the farm credit system in various capacities since 1982.  His expertise includes:

  • Asset validation reviews
  • Auditing of security and overall system vulnerability at the Association level
  • Board consulting
  • Cost allocation studies
  • Credit model reviews
  • Enterprise risk assessments
  • Fraud and forensic reviews
  • Information technology services on overall controls, security and vulnerability
  • Internal credit reviews
  • Internal operations reviews
  • Sarbanes-Oxley compliance testing
  • Tax services and consulting
  • Internal controls over financial reporting


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners


  • Bachelor of Science, Mississippi College

More about Cecil

Cecil and his wife, Karen, reside in Madison and are active members of Madison United Methodist Church.  He serves on numerous civic and religious boards including board member and past president of the Board of Governors of Annandale Golf Club, past board member of Mississippi Automotive Manufacturing Association, member of The Hundred Club of Madison-Ridgeland, board member of Madison County Community Trust, and board member of Living Services.