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Front Page - Friday, November 19, 2021

Newsmakers: Spencer Mercer joins Kraft leadership team

Spencer Mercer is the newest member of KraftCPAs, joining a team of 17 partners at the 63-year-old certified public accounting firm.

A Greeneville native, Mercer began his accounting career at Kraft’s Nashville location in 2009 after receiving his master’s degree in accounting at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

He relocated to join the firm’s Chattanooga team in early 2021 following its acquisition of Matheney Stees & Associates in 2020.

Mercer works in the construction, manufacturing, wholesale and distribution industries with a focus on tax planning, consulting and compliance.

He is a member of the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association, the Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He also has been active as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

HHM CPAS hires seven

HHM Certified Public Accountants has hired a senior manager, three staff accountants and three administrative professionals to expand services and support growth.

Michael Davis will serve as a senior manager within the Management Advisory Services department. With more than a decade of valuation and consulting experience, Davis will provide valuation analysis of businesses and other intangible assets for purposes of transactions, financial reporting and estate and gift tax planning.

He will also provide expert witness testimony in litigation matters involving business valuation, lost profits and other forms of economic damages.

Davis holds a degree in Economics from Texas A&M University, as well as a Certified Valuation Analyst designation from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.

Joining the firm as staff accountants are Abigail Bentley, Ashton Mizell and Olivia Young.

Bentley joins the audit department as a graduate of Western Governors University, where she earned a degree in accounting.

Mizell joins the tax department as a Lee University graduate who also earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting.

Young joins the dealership services group. She holds a degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The firm’s administration team is also expanding. Dustin Bartley joins the firm as an IT systems administrator, Kelry Mann joins the firm as a human resources coordinator and Briana Greene joins the firm as an administrative assistant in the audit department.