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LBMC Announces Audit and Tax Department Manager Promotions

07/22/2016

LBMC is pleased to announce the following 2016 audit and tax department management promotions for the firm.  Nashville (Brentwood), Chattanooga and Knoxville offices are all represented.

“We are very proud of the LBMC culture that promotes individual growth and goal achievement for our personnel, another example of why we are a national Best Places to Work Award Winner,” said Jeff Drummonds, LBMC CEO. “The number of promotions in these divisions also illustrates our commitment to providing top quality customer service for our clients as we keep up with the fast-paced growth of the company in the last few years.”

The following staff members have been promoted to a manager position within the Audit department:

Michael Decker now serves as a Manager in the Audit department in the Nashville office. Michael joined LBMC in 2014 with over four years of experience in public accounting at Rhea & Ivy (now Dixon Hughes Goodman) and BDO, and two years’ experience in litigation support at Accounting, Economics & Appraisals Group, LLC.  He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Accountancy degrees at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and holds the CPA, CFE, and CFSA licenses.  Michael is primarily focused on serving middle market companies, both family owned as well as private equity backed.  In his free time, Michael enjoys reading, following the Vols, and spending time with family.

Michelle Ebel now serves as a Manager to the Audit department in the Nashville office where she specializes in Healthcare audits. Michelle joined the firm in 2011.  She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and served as President of Beta Alpha Psi.  Michelle spends most of her client facing time in the healthcare industry and has been a valued member of that team over the last several years, serving some of the firm’s largest healthcare clients. 

Amanda Fletcher now serves as a Manager to the Audit Department in the Nashville office. Amanda joined LBMC first as an Audit intern in 2009 and returned full time after graduation in 2010.  She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees in Accounting at Middle Tennessee State University.  Amanda works with a number of smaller businesses in the middle market arena as well as several non-profit organizations and is married with one son.  Amanda has proven with her recent promotion that employees working under flexible arrangements have a career path at LBMC, having been on a flexible arrangement since the birth of her son a few years ago.

Ryan Johnson now serves as a Manager to the Audit Department in the Nashville office. Ryan joined the firm in 2011 as a Tax intern and returned as an Audit Staff Accountant the following year.  Ryan works primarily in the firm’s healthcare and employee benefit plan practices.  He is a graduate of Lipscomb University and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.  Prior to completing his degree at Lipscomb, he served as an Army Ranger in the 75th Ranger Regiment for over four years.  Ryan and his wife have a son, twin daughters and are expecting their fourth child, a boy, later this year.  Ryan enjoys traveling and spending time with his family, exercising, and playing the guitar.

 Josh Lee now serves as a Manager to the Audit Department in the Chattanooga office. Josh has over five years of experience with LBMC, specializing in audits of manufacturing and construction industries, as well as audits of employee benefit plans. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Josh is married to Jackie Lee (another CPA!) and has two young children, Mackenzie and Graham. Josh is a Protégé Chattanooga graduate, sits on the Young CPA Committee for TSCPA, and is actively involved with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Josh is an active member of Silverdale Baptist Church and takes part in various community outreach programs through the Church. When Josh is not chasing his children, he enjoys playing or watching sports and traveling. He is originally from Cleveland, TN and bleeds orange as a UT fan.

The following staff members have been promoted to a management position in the Tax department:

Jessica Brice now serves as a Manager to the Tax Department in the Knoxville office. Jessica joined the firm in November of 2015. Her past experiences include working as a Sales Supervisor for Pilot Flying J, as well as a Tax Manager for Coulter & Justus, PC. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University. Jessica’s hobbies include live music, Indiana basketball, Braves baseball, and traveling with her husband. She is originally from Mishawaka, IN.

Michael Ganschow now serves as a Manager to the Tax Department in the Nashville office. Michael joined the firm in 2012 after completing an internship in the LBMC Tax department.  He works on the Wealth Advisors group and specializes in large and complex tax returns for individuals, high net wealth family groups, real estate and investment partnerships, and trusts. He has experience with estates as well. He earned both his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Master of Accountancy degree at Lipscomb University.  Michael likes to spend his free time working out, taking joy rides in his jeep, and staying as active as possible outdoors.

Amanda Hensley now serves as a Manager to the Tax Department in the Knoxville office. Amanda joined the firm in November of 2011. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting and Master of Accountancy degree at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Amanda’s hobbies include spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and UT sports. She is originally from Loudon, TN.  She works on a variety of business and individual clients and has been a leader, by example, in the Knoxville office. She and her husband have two sons.

Meredith Norris now serves as a Manager to the Tax Department in the Knoxville office. Meredith has been with LBMC since 2011. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting and Master of Accountancy degree at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. While in school, she gained experience in accounting through an internship in corporate accounting with Clayton Homes. She manages a wide range of business and individual clients and is one of the leaders in the Knoxville office in providing services to not-for-profit entities.  She served on the business flowtivity team this past year and has been actively involved in the implementation of our new departmental procedures.   Meredith enjoys running, working with the youth at her church, and attending UT sporting events.

 Jessica Toney now serves as a Manager to the Tax Department in the Nashville office. She works mainly with healthcare clients as well as large corporations and partnerships. Jessica joined the firm in 2012 after completing a Tax internship with LBMC.  She has previous internship experience with Faulkner, Mackie and Cochran, PC.  Jessica earned both her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Master of Accountancy degree at Lipscomb University.  In her free time, she enjoys any and all sports, spending time with family and friends, especially her husband and son. 

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