CHATTANOOGA, TN (July 12, 2011)– Three professionals from Joseph Decosimo and Company, PLLC in Chattanooga, have been appointed to leadership roles for the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) for the 2011-2012 year.
Reappointed for a second year, Mike Costello, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE, ASA, principal, will serve as Chairman of the TSCPA’s Forensic & Valuation Services Committee. Charles Groves, CPA, principal in charge of operations, will serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors. Kim Lawrence, CPA, tax principal in charge, will serve as Chairman of the Women’s Initiatives Committee.
Mr. Costello is the director of strategic transition planning and litigation services for Decosimo Advisory Services, a division of Joseph Decosimo and Company, and has more than 28 years of consulting experience in business valuations, business acquisitions and divestitures, and related fields. Mike has served as president of the Chattanooga Chapter of TSCPA and chairman of the TSCPA’s Ethics and Small Business Services Committees.
Ms. Lawrence has 23 years experience in tax practice and is actively involved in the firm’s tax compliance practice, which includes review of partnership, corporate, state, consolidated, and individual tax returns, tax planning and tax consultation. She served as the 2010-2011 president of the Chattanooga Chapter of the TSCPA and currently serves as the Board Chair of Girls, Inc.
Mr. Groves is the firm’s principal in charge of operations, helping the managing principal implement and monitor strategies for continued firm growth. He has more than 30 years of audit experience with Decosimo and was previously the principal in charge of the assurance practice. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Accounting at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Advisory Committee for Accounting Technology at Chattanooga State Community College. He has served on the Board of Directors of the TSCPA and its Peer Review and Professional Development Committees. Mr. Groves is also past president of the Chattanooga Chapter of the TSCPA.
Decosimo is a nationally recognized firm, perennially ranked as a Top 100 accounting and business advisory services firm. The regional firm has nine office locations in the United States and the Cayman Islands, with approximately 300 professionals and staff. Each of Decosimo's offices provides a full range of accounting and advisory services to a wide array of industries. Additionally, Decosimo is an independent firm associated with Moore Stephens International Limited. With over 314 firms with a total of 638 offices across 97 countries, Moore Stephens and Decosimo provide clients with access to a significant depth of resources and expertise.