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Michael Whitlock, CPA

Current Experience:
Michael Whitlock, Certified Public Accountant and founding partner of Whitlock & Company, PC, is a lifetime resident of Blount County. He began his accounting career in 1974 as an intern with a local firm in Maryville, and then full-time after graduating from college. Michael has diversified experience in estate planning, individual tax planning, and construction accounting. He also has extensive experience in individual taxation, partnership taxation, and corporate taxation.

Education & Training:
Michael graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting. He continues his education annually through professional education programs offered by accredited, professional organizations.

Personal and Community Involvement:
Michael is active in and continues to support several professional and civic organizations, including:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA)
  • Blount County Chamber of Commerce
  • Served on Quality Review Committee for the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.
  • First United Methodist Church, Maryville
  • Past president of American Cancer Society, Blount County
  • Past local board member, SunTrust Bank
  • Past elder of Eusebia Presbyterian Church

(865) 981-9638
mwhitlock@whitlockcpa.com

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Brenda Ledbetter, MBA

Current Experience:
Brenda has diversified accounting and tax experience across a variety of industries including rental property management, property development, flight crews, short term lodging, retail services, and fifteen years of physician practice management. She provides services in the areas of business and individual income taxation, compilations and reviews, and has significant experience in the area of small business accounting such as start up's, payroll services, and QuickBooks training and setup.

Education & Training:
Brenda is a graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan College and holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting. She also has a Masters degree in Business Administration from Campbell University with a concentration in Tax and accounting. She continues her education annually through continual professional education programs offered by accredited, professional organizations.

Personal and Community Involvement: Brenda is active in and continues to support several professional and civic organizations, including:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA)
  • Blount County Chamber of Commerce
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Volunteer

Brenda was born and raised in Middle Tennessee and resides in Louisville.

(865) 981-9638
bledbetter@whitlockcpa.com

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Robert Dye, CPA

Current Experience:
Robert Dye, Certified Public Accountant, is a long time resident of Blount County. He has diverse accounting experience with both individuals and small businesses taxation and tax planning. Robert brings many positive attributes to his profession, including a genuine understanding of his clients and their needs.

Education & Training:
Robert served in the United States Air Force. Upon completion of his military service, he attended the University of Tennessee where he graduated, with honors, with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. Robert worked for several local firms before opening his own business in 1993. He has recently joined the staff at Whitlock and Company.

Personal and Community Involvement:
Robert is active in and continues to support several professional and civic organizations, including:

  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA)
  • Blount County Chamber of Commerce
  • Civitan Club past president

(865) 981-9638
bobdye@whitlockcpa.com

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Lori Fleming

Current Experience:
Lori joined the firm in 2007 as a paraprofessional in our bookkeeping and payroll service department. She brought 15 years of previous bookkeeping and payroll experience to the firm.

Education & Training:
Lori has an Associate's Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. She has since become a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. She continues to look for opportunities for educational programs offered by accredited, professional organizations.

Personal and Community Involvement:
Lori is active in and continues to support several ministries in her church.

  • Woodlawn Baptist Church

(865) 981-9638
lfleming@whitlockcpa.com

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Chris Rop

Current Experience:
Chris began interning with Whitlock & Company in January of 2013. While interning, Chris has gained experience in many areas of accounting, including individual taxation.

Education & Training:
Chris is currently enrolled at the University of Tennessee where he is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and collateral in supply chain management. His anticipated graduation is May 2014. Upon graduation Chris will pursue a Master of Accountancy degree and plans to sit for the CPA exam.

Personal and Community Involvement:
Teaches a 4th and 5th grade Sunday School Class at Blount Community Church.

(865) 981-9638
crop@whitlockcpa.com

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Gail Ray

Current Experience:
Gail joined the firm as Administrative Assistant in 2012 after previously serving as Administrative assistant in the tax department of two large CPA firms in Alabama. She has also worked in medical and dental offices.

Education & Training:
Gail is a native of Cleveland, Tennessee, where she graduated from Bradley Central High School. Gail has training in several accounting software programs as well as general office management skills.

Personal and Community Involvement:
Gail and her husband moved to Townsend in 2011 to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains. Together, they are active in Rocky Branch Community Club, a group that promotes and preserves the musical heritage of the Appalachian-Foothills region. They are also co-owners of perfectTNmedia. A lifelong Baptist, Gail attends Bethel Baptist Church in Townsend.

(865) 981-9638
gray@whitlockcpa.com







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