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Ricky  Lopes

Ricky Lopes

Frank R. Lopes, Jr. (Ricky), CPA, is a Partner with School Efficiency Consultants, an affiliate of Rives & Associates, LLP. He specializes in public school finance management. His association with Rives & Associates, LLP began in November 2010. He retired in mid-2015 from his position as Associate Superintendent for Business Operations for Cumberland County Schools. He has over 30 years of experience in public school finance administration, and has demonstrated an ability to maximize the use of all revenue sources for the benefit of the school system.

Ricky Lopes has been the featured discussion leader for various classes and has made presentations to groups including the General Assembly, school board members, central office administrators, principals and teachers. He has also taught classes for the North Carolina ASBO Finance Academy and Methodist for District Leaders and Boards of University.


  • Multi-year Recipient of the Award For Financial Excellence in Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International
  • Recipient of the Award for Financial Achievement in Reporting from the Governmental Finance Officers Association
  • Recipient of the Public Schools of North Carolina Recognition of Achievement Award
  • Honored with the Lou Thompson Award from NCASBO

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • Past President and member of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators
  • Past President and member of the North Carolina Association of School Business Officials
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • Past Director for the Southeastern Association of School Business Officials (SASBO)
  • Member of board of directors for various local charitable nonprofit organizations.

Accreditations and Licenses

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration Concentration in Accounting, East Carolina University
  • Licensed as Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina

Our Professionals

Kathy H. Isenhour
Partner, School Efficiency Consultants

H. Hank Hurd, MBA
Partner, School Efficiency Consultants

Brenda Jones
Human Resources' Consultant

Ricky Lopes
Partner, School Efficiency Consultants

Dr. Denise Morton
Consultant, School Efficiency Consultants

Leon L. Rives II
Founding Partner

Kay Williams
Consultant, School Efficiency Consultants

SEC Partner Qualifications:

  • Local, state, and federal education administration leadership: U.S. Education Department, State Assistant Superintendent, District Superintendent, Finance Officer
  • Governmental and public school auditing
  • Experience working with small to large, urban and rural districts
  • Local, state, and national trainers of superintendents, principals, school board members and others

Partnership with Rives & Associates, LLP

School Efficiency Consultants is a subsidiary of Rives & Associates, LLP, Certified Public Accountants, a North Carolina company with offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Lexington. Rives & Associates has a 25-year history of developing economic plans for clients regardless of size or specialty. We are an accounting firm that goes beyond to ensure that our service model exceeds customer and our own high expectations.