Experienced CPAs are vital to a business' growth and success. From business plan to succession strategy, they have a hand in every aspect of a business' life cycle. And for public companies in a post-Sarbanes-Oxley world, they are more crucial than ever.
Despite this, accountants, especially the good ones, remain relatively invisible. Unfortunately, unless there's a scandal of Enron-ic proportions, members of this profession maintain a relatively low profile. As a result, this is a list of "best in field" that is a bit more difficult to compile than the others Nashville Post will present in the coming year.
Not surprisingly, Ernst & Young is well represented, as the firm audits nearly two dozen Nashville companies who are SEC registrants. The list is also admittedly male-dominated – an indictment of the profession's slow-turning gears more so than any bias on our behalf.
This peer-review list encompasses practicing accountants from traditional to niche players, meaning from members of the Big Four firms serving the needs of big public companies to more entrepreneurial firms providing key tax and other services that help build companies big and small. It also includes a few individuals who are not practicing accountants but whose influence on the profession is profound. Thanks to the following list, these professionals will have to tolerate a higher profile than usual.
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