Details: Rodefer Moss & Co. PLLC , a multi-state accounting and advisory firm based in Knoxville, has expanded its footprint in the Upper East Tennessee/Southwest Virginia area by merging with the firms of Fortner Smalley PLLC and Thrower, Blanton & Associates PC, effective July 1, 2019.

The combined firm will operate under the Rodefer Moss name with 160 employees and offices in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Virginia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“There’s tremendous experience, brainpower, and passion for the work within Thrower Blanton and Fortner Smalley, successful firms with great reputations,” said Rodefer Moss CEO Jimmy Rodefer in a statement. “Together, under one banner, our collective resources improve what we do and make us better for the clients we serve and who depend on us.”

Rodefer Moss has been offering assurance, consulting, tax compliance and small-business services since 1990. It is a member of the BDO Alliance USA and a member of the Construction Accounting Network.

Fortner Smalley has provided accounting and business services for over 35 years. Its clients are involved in various industries including construction, health care, technology, and oil and gas. The firm specializes in assurance services, taxation, litigation support, and business consulting.

“We are eager to unite with firms that share our same goals and values,” stated Fortner Smalley managing member Forooz Smalley. “This merger provides us with significant resources, expertise, tools and flexibility that we can use to address the ever-changing needs of our clients. Our region is experiencing tremendous economic growth and we wanted to ensure that we have the knowledge and tools to support that growth.”

Thrower, Blanton & Associates was established in 1948 by Monroe B. Thrower, who was joined by his son M. Bardin Thrower Jr. in 1975. TBA provides financial guidance to local businesses and individuals, and offers services in trust & estate planning, financial planning, tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll, assurance services, and computerized accounting setup.

“We are ready to see how much we can learn from our new partners and I know they are interested in learning from us,” said TBA managing partner Brian Blanton in a statement. “This partnership combines some of the best and most experienced financial minds in the region possessing a variety of experiences and capabilities. In one organization, under the Rodefer Moss name, we will be even better, stronger, and bigger, with more resources, for our clients.”

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