Serving Northern Nevada for over 50 years, Cartlidge Belnap Helmers LLC is one of the most experienced, privately held CPA firms in the area. To meet the financial needs of local businesses and individuals, Cartlidge, Cartlidge & Company was first established over 50 years ago, and has since grown its team and clientele. In December of 2020, long-time CPA firm neighbors decided to merge together to establish Cartlidge Belnap Helmers LLC. Our Principals are Al Cartlidge III, Merlin Belnap and Edna Helmers.

With our combined experience and trusted long-term relationships, we are committed to providing our clients with the highest caliber of professional accounting, tax, financial management, and wealth management services.

New team bios coming to our site soon!

Meet Our Team


Albert “Al” E. Cartlidge III

Al was born & raised in Reno, Nevada.  After graduating from Reno High School he was recruited to Colorado on an athletic scholarship to play football.  He later returned to University of Nevada, Reno to complete his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

After spending most of the 80’s in construction he began working with CPA firms to transition his career.  In 1994 he purchased a tax practice to launch his own firm named, Albert E. Cartlidge III, Inc.  In 1998 his father asked him to merge the Cartlidge accounting practices, which launched the Cartlidge, Cartlidge & Co., LLC that still thrives today.  Al serves as a Principle of the Firm.

Al volunteers a lot of his time to youth sports.  He has coached High School & Pop Warner Football for 14 years.  He has also coached Youth Baseball, Youth Basketball, and Youth Referee/Umpire organizations.  In 2009, his Patriot Reno Pop Warner Football Team went undefeated in league play and went on to play for the Pacific Region Pee-Wee Championship in Santa Cruz, California.  With two of his sons, and twenty-six other talented young boys, they won the Pacific Region Pee-Wee Championship!

Al spends his free time with his four kids; Brandon, Ian, Lexi & Bryce.  They keep him very busy with their sports & activities.  They enjoy football, baseball, softball, basketball, water skiing, snow skiing, riding four wheelers, and thrill rides in Dad’s wicked Off-Road/Sand Car.  Al’s hobbies continue to evolve.  Some of his hobbies include: Hunting, Fishing, Off-Road Racing, Water & Snow Skiing, Sand Car Adventures, Riding on his Custom Paramount Coupe Motorcycle, Camping, Raising Champion Akitas and traveling to warm beach destinations.


  • President of AECINC Firm
  • Managing Member of Cartlidge, Cartlidge & Co., LLC
  • Board Member of Reno Pop Warner Football
  • Head Coach of Reno Pop Warner Football
  • Head Coach Reno High School Freshman Football
  • Assistant Coach Reno High School Varsity Football
  • CPA Firm Volunteer for Reno Pop Warner Football
  • Coach of Reno Northwest Babe Ruth Baseball
  • Coach of Reno YMCA Youth Basketball
  • Coach of Reno National Little League Baseball


  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of AICPA Forensic & Valuation Services
  • Former Member of Prospector’s Club of Northern Nevada
  • Chapter Director of Northern Nevada for HD Vest Financial Services 


Merlin S. Belnap

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Edna K. Helmers

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Spencer E. Belnap

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Cindy D. Peachy

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Alexander E. Byrd

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Jill T. Cartlidge


Jill has returned to the firm after 13 years as a receptionist/bookkeeper, since moving away from the area. Jill started with Cartlidge, Cartlidge & Company in 1990 as founder Al, Jr.’s personal Administrative Assistant. Moving to the Elko, Nevada area in 1996, Jill worked for the Elko County School District at a couple schools, being employed with the district for 12 years as an Administrative Assistant.


  • Administrative Assistant  for Al Jr., founder of the Cartlidge CPA firm.
  • Administrative Assistant  for Elko County School District.
  • Returned to the firm in 2009 as a receptionist/bookkeeper.

Hobbies consist of : painting, bowling, reading, and spending time with her husband, son and large extended family.