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CJ Blankenship, CPA, CGMA  

Managing Partner
(615) 371-2139

CJ Blankenship是该公司的管理合伙人,为客户和BCPAG团队提供最具挑战性的税务咨询, accounting, management and financial matters.  他是国家优秀学者,并以优异的成绩获得Belmont University的工商管理学士学位.  他在多个行业和服务部门拥有超过20年的管理经验,在2007年加入公司之前曾在两家排名前十的全国性公司工作.  CJ was admitted as a partner in the firm in February of 2009 and has served as the managing partner since.  Over his career CJ has performed a variety of consulting services for hundreds of clients, 包括在一家国际制造和分销公司担任外包首席财务官,该公司的业务和客户遍布全球.  CJ spends his workdays on mergers and acquisitions, not-for-profit consulting and compliance matters, planning (particularly with tax favored investment strategy), management consulting, tax compliance, accounting systems and matters for businesses, not-for-profits and individuals, and manages the strategic direction of the firm.

CJ has a heart for Christian ministries and is the Founder and President of Christian Recovery Houses, Inc., and consults with several not for profit boards.  He has also served the TSCPA Nashville Board and Federal Tax Committee, 他曾在多个董事会任职,包括纳什维尔最大的教堂和田纳西州基督教商会的财务主管.  He used to spend a lot of hours with the guitar and Christian song-writing, playing golf, living outdoors, writing and exercising.  Now, he is blessed to have married up to his lovely wife Amanda, 他的大部分空闲时间都是一个父亲,他有两个可爱的儿子和一个可爱的小女儿.

Paul Anglin, CPA

Partner, Tax Director, and Goodlettsville Office Managing Director
(615) 859-8800

Paul Anglin, CPA, performs tax and consulting services and is currently a Principal at the firm. He is a graduate of Lipscomb University, where he received his Bachelor of Science with honors, and received his Master of Accountancy from the University of Georgia. 他是美国注册会计师协会和田纳西州注册会计师协会的成员. He has over twenty-three years of experience in a variety of industries and service sectors. He has fourteen years of experience with Deloitte and Crowe Horwath, a “Big 4” accounting firm and a top 10 accounting firm, respectively. During his previous public accounting experience, he has served a variety of industries, including manufacturing, health care, service professionals, construction, and not-for-profit, and performed many consulting projects, compliance projects, and accounting for income tax provisions.

Additionally, he served in industry for nine years at Fifth Third Bank, Nissan, O’Charley’s, and Asurion. He gained valuable knowable serving in the tax departments of these various large companies, including leading the tax department at O’Charley’s as Director of Tax. Because of his unique background, 他了解企业所需要的服务价值,并有热情帮助客户超越他们的需求.

Dorian T. Bailey, CPA

Consulting Director
(615) 921-6979

Dorian是Blankenship CPA Group的咨询业务主管,在会计各个方面拥有超过25年的经验, Audit (Internal and External), Finance and Consulting. She has worked with multi-national firms and Big 4 Accounting firms. Licensed in both the states of Tennessee and California she has significant experience in team building, finance transformation and strategic planning. Dorian has advised C-Suite and extended leadership to large multi-national corporations; transforming Finance and improving core Finance processes, unlocking efficiencies and cost savings through process redesign, technology enhancements and analysis of operating models and organizational design. She has served global clients across industry lines including Automotive, Energy, Oil & Gas, Retail and Technology. Dorian also held various global Controller and Governance roles. She earned her MBA with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. She and her husband live in Franklin and have two adult children, one in Nashville and the other in San Francisco.

Michelle Balsley, CPA, CIA, CGMA

Dickson Office Managing Director
(615) 375-5171

Michelle is the Dickson Office Managing Director.  She is a graduate of West Virginia University, 她在那里获得了工商管理学士学位和专业会计硕士学位. Throughout her 25+ year career, she has worked in the public Big Four as well as private accounting sectors, focusing on a variety of industries including not-for-profit, construction, banking, broker/dealers, health insurance, and manufacturing. Michelle is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the states of Tennessee and Minnesota, a Certified Internal Auditor, and a Certified Global Management Accountant and is a member of her licensors’ various professional societies. In the course of executing high-quality audit services, she seeks to support her clients’ success through process improvements and reporting transparency.

Michelle resides in White Bluff, TN with her husband, Kevin, and is an active member and Treasurer of St. John Lutheran Church of Burns, American Red Cross TN River Chapter board member and Community Volunteer Leader, Chair of the Community Foundation for Dickson County board, Vice Chair of the Habitat for Humanity Dickson County board, Chair of the Rotary District 6760 Disaster Relief Committee, past President of the Dickson High Noon Rotary Club, and Treasurer of the Downtown Dickson Association.

C. Thomas Bates, CPA, ABV, CVA

(615) 373-3771

Tom Bates, CPA, ABV, CVA is a Partner at Blankenship CPA Group, PLLC with more than forty five years of experience in accounting.  He provides assurance and consulting services to commercial and not-for-profit organizations, as well as accounting and tax services to individuals and privately held businesses. 他还为合并和收购的商业价值提供估值和诉讼支持服务, divorce, or compensation matters. 

Tom specifically has focused in the education, not-for-profit organization, music and entertainment, intellectual properties, retail and distribution, software development, service and construction industries. Tom graduated with honors from David Lipscomb University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  毕业后,他加入了Peat Marwick (KPMG),最终以高级审计经理的身份领导了几项大型项目.  Some familiar organizations Tom served during his time at Peat include J.C. Bradford & Co., Baptist, Sunday School Board (LifeWay), Joe M. Rodgers & Associates, Inc., Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University, the City of Knoxville, and David Lipscomb University. Tom spent several years after Peat as the CFO for The Benson Company, and then came back to public accounting where he has spent the last 35 years. 

He is a CPA, CGMA and Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) by the AICPA.  He also holds the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation.  Tom is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).

Tom is an active member of Southpointe Community Church.  He also serves on the boards of Camp Soaring Eagle Foundation, an organization which provides seriously ill children the opportunity to go to medically supervised camps, Kingdom Men United, an organization which equips church pastors and leaders to build more effective men’s ministries, and the Middle Tennessee Better Business Bureau.  Additionally, by appointment of the TSCPA Nashville Chapter, Tom serves as a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Audit Committee.

Cayce Borden

IT Director
(615) 373-3771

Cayce joined Blankenship CPA Group in 2014 after spending the past 20 years in the world of IT consulting. Growing up with technology has afforded Cayce nearly a lifetime of experience working in IT. Cayce makes sure BCPA’s technology is working all the time so that our team can efficiently and effectively do what they love; serve our clients!  Cayce also leads our related enterprise Blankenship IT Soultions, LLC - BITS as we serve clients' outsourced managed technology security and services.

When Cayce isn’t solving IT issues he likes to spend time in his workshop making pens, bowls, furniture, and other items. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and new baby boy. When he’s not making something or playing with his son, he enjoys playing music. 

Jeff Fortner, CPA

Reporting and Finance Director
(615) 758-1489

Jeff Fortner joined the firm in 2020 after a 30-year career in internal accounting, financial reporting, and M&A with Deloitte. Jeff serves as our Director of Reporting, 负责为客户制作财务报告包,并管理内部财务运作. Jeff gained his degree in Accounting from Lipscomb University in 1989. He and his wife, Tama, who is an accomplished Christian writer, are active in their church and have two college-age children, Lauren and Kaler. Jeff also serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Goodpasture Christian School. His hobbies include reading (the Bible, a good spy novel, or US history) and trying to re-discover his golf game, post-kids. He welcomes the opportunity to provide a listening ear, pays attention to detail, and transparency to Blankenship’s clients.

Christopher L. Griffin, CPA, ABV, CFF

Tax Partner
(615) 371-2135

Chris Griffin joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in January 1999.  他获得中田纳西州立大学会计工商管理学士学位,并在美国国税局工作了六年.  He is a CPA and Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) with the AICPA.  Chris currently serves as Tax Director for the firm, but also provides business valuation, tax, audit, accounting and consulting services to individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations, with special emphasis in corporate and partnership taxation. 在过去的五年里,他开始参与监督布伦特伍德办公室以外的办公室,包括为那些在公司所有领域执业的团队成员提供管理支持. 

Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, Angela, and their four children, two of which have graduated from college and two are in high school.  They like to travel, go camping, attend sporting events, visit amusement parks, and most all types of outdoor recreation.  他出生在田纳西州,一生中大部分时间都住在这里,童年的一小部分时间是在圣. Louis, Missouri.  He currently resides in Franklin, 他是团契圣经教会的成员,在那里他喜欢参加额外的圣经学习和传统的星期日早晨服务之外的活动.

Leah Hayes

Director of Strategic Advancement
(615) 425 -2342

Leah Hayes是Blankenship CPA Group的战略发展总监,负责公司的战略增长计划和营销团队. Leah has nearly 20 years of management experience. She began her career in commercial banking and credit risk management. 后来,她在一家全球性非营利组织工作了13年,通过住宿咨询项目和外展服务,帮助人们在基督里自由生活. During her tenure, Leah gained progressively higher levels of responsibility and served as the Executive Director, responsible for mission-critical operations. She, along with the executive team, was responsible for the organization's oversight and strategic growth.

Leah拥有阿拉巴马大学的手机赌博软件下载排行和经济学学士学位以及凯斯西储大学韦瑟黑德管理学院的EMBA学位. She is also a Mandal Scholar and received a certification in nonprofit management.

Leah has a passion for Christian ministry and serving her community. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She also consults with nonprofit organizations at the board level and on strategic direction.

Edd Haynes, CPA

Nashville Office Managing Director
(615) 992-9064

Edd is a principal within the firm’s audit practice.  He is a tech-savvy finance and accounting executive with over 20 years of audit experience working with private, nonprofit, and government clients.  Edd is skilled at providing timely, 为管理层决策提供准确的信息和可靠的咨询,确保会计法规的遵守.  He has extensive experience inspecting organizational operations, analyzing potential risks and providing recommendations to improve operations and accounting processes.  Industries of focus include nonprofit organizations, healthcare, and other privately owned companies.  

他持有田纳西理工大学(Tennessee Technological University)的会计学士学位和工商管理硕士学位(侧重于信息系统).  He is a member of the TSCPA and AICPA

Edd and his wife, Diane, live in Nashville and have two children.  Edd is an active member of Otter Creek Church where he currently serves as the chair of the finance committee.  He is also a member and former treasurer of the Rotary Club of Green Hills.  When not at work you can find him helping coach one of his children’s sports teams, camping and hiking at one of Tennessee’s state parks, or reading.

Stephanie Hunt, CPA

Columbia Office Managing Director
(931) 762-6877 Ext. 123

Rich Lockwood, CPA

Partner, Qualty Control Director
(615) 859-8800

Rich is a Principal and the firm’s Audit Technical Director. Before his time with Blankenship, Rich worked with local and international firms in southern, then northern, California and Tennessee, serving not-for-profit, construction, real estate, government, education, manufacturing, distribution, and healthcare organizations. Rich continued along this path, adding expertise in large governments and not-for-profits and growth ventures, serving as CFO and compliance officer in a SaaS startup before joining the firm. He invests much of his time evaluating financial reporting for buy- and sell-side M&A transactions and complex debt and equity agreements.

He and his wife live in Franklin and enjoy time with their four children. Rich is a current member of TSCPA, GFOA, TGFOA, and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and past member of the AICPA, GFOA Special Review Committee, and TSCPA Construction Committee. 他毕业于Biola大学,获得工商管理学士学位,主修会计.

Scott Lynn, CFE

Partner, Audit Operations Director
(615) 889-1153

Scott Lynn是Blankenship CPA Group的审计运营总监,拥有超过10年的公共会计和管理经验. He earned his undergraduate degree from Trevecca and a Masters in Business Administration from MTSU. Scott has a wide range of experience working with a variety of industries including non-profits, manufacturing, construction, third-party administrators, and staffing agencies.  He oversees the audit department in relation to scheduling, staffing, training and project management in addition to leading a number of larger audits throughout the year. Scott is very passionate about understanding our firm’s attest clients’ needs. 他勤奋工作,领导我们的审计团队,我们努力提供最高水平的客户服务.

Scott is an active member of the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce. He, his wife and his three children enjoy attending church, boating whenever possible, and playing sports in the backyard. He also enjoys golf and attempting handy projects around the house that he has never done before!

Lisa E. McIntosh, CPA

Mt. Juliet Office Managing Director
(615) 889-1153 ext 104

Lisa is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University who has spent her entire career in public accounting. She has an inquisitive, analytical nature equipping her for a focus in the attest functions, controllership, small business and financial reporting services. She is a member of the AICPA, TSCPA, Government Finance Officers Association, Exchange Club and has and continues to serve on various organizational boards.

Jeannie Malloy

Director of Administration
(615) 371-2141

Jeannie Malloy is the firm’s Administrator and Office Manager.  She has been providing accounting and administrative services, while working in various service industries, since 1977, including bookkeeping for numerous clients of the firm. Her work has a strong emphasis in the planning and administration of all office procedures, scheduling, personnel, employee benefits, and technology issues. She also handles all of the firm’s administrative responsibilities, as well as dealing directly with clients in regard to their service needs, expectations and fees.

Joseph Proctor, CPA

(615) 889-1153

Don Slaughter, CPA

Audit Partner
(615) 371-2148

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Don Slaughter joined BCPAG in 2010 as a member of the audit team, and we were pleased to have him join the partner group in 2013.  Don has over 20 years of public accounting experience in a variety of sectors, including work with very large governmental and private company clients and experience with PCAOB firms .  He is a 1990 graduate of Louisiana Tech University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.   He has worked for regional and local firms in Arkansas, Louisiana, Nevada, and Florida.  His areas of industry focus are government, not-for-profit, hospitality, telecommunications, real estate, manufacturing, distribution and construction.

Ben Smidt

Partner, Operations Director
(615) 425-2324

Ben joined BCPAG in 2017, after spending 10 years with Caterpillar, Inc. A native of Illinois, Ben earned an Accounting & Finance degree from Olivet Nazarene University in 2007, completed the CPA exam in 2009, and gained a Six Sigma Black Belt certification in 2012. While at Caterpillar, Ben progressed in a general management career with roles in finance, logistics, marketing, aftermarket solutions, dealer support, and mergers & acquisitions. Ben played a key role in deploying Caterpillar’s Operating & Execution Model, and he participated in Caterpillar’s 2017 Enterprise Strategy refresh. As part of his professional journey, Ben has travelled the globe extensively and relocated five times, including living in Europe from 2009-2012 and in Nashville from 2014-2015.

With family roots in small business, an interest to serve multiple industries, and a desire to get off the road, Ben has found a great match in Blankenship CPA Group. At BCPAG, Ben正在将他的注册会计师和综合管理经验结合起来,以满足客户的咨询需求,并为BCPAG公司的管理做出贡献.

Ben and his wife, Bekah, have been married since 2006 and have four children. The whole family is thrilled with the many benefits of middle Tennessee and their new hometown of Nolensville, TN. They all enjoy serving in the church and spending time together, especially when getting outdoors or following the St. Louis Cardinals.

Karen Stephens, CPA

Partner and Director of Learning & Development
(615) 859-8800

Karen Stephens joined BCPAG, January 2017 as a Partner and Manging Director of the North office. Prior to joining the firm, Karen served as the audit partner for Parker, Parker & Associates. She began her career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche before joining Parker in 2000. 她在非营利性组织和政府实体以及营利性行业(包括建筑业和制造业)拥有丰富的审计和税务经验. Karen is a graduate of Lipscomb University and Leadership Sumner. 她是美国注册会计师协会和田纳西州注册会计师协会的成员. She and her husband and two daughters live in Sumner County.

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