Rodefer Moss joins forces with Fortner Smalley and Thrower, Blanton & Associates


Rodefer Moss & Co, PLLC , a multi-state accounting and advisory firm, is pleased to announce that it is expanding its services in the Upper East Tennessee/Southwest Virginia area by merging with the firms of Fortner Smalley, PLLC and Thrower, Blanton & Associates P.C. The merger, effective July 1, 2019, will create a combined firm under the Rodefer Moss name with 160 employees and offices in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Virginia.

Jimmy Rodefer, CEO of Rodefer Moss, said similarity in business philosophy helped bring the firms together. Rodefer went on to say:

A client-oriented business is always thinking about, seeking, and finding ways to do more for clients. There’s tremendous experience, brainpower, and passion for the work within Thrower Blanton and Fortner Smalley, successful firms with great reputations. Together, under one banner, our collective resources improve what we do and makes us better for the clients we serve and who depend on us.”

Rodefer Moss (RM) was established in 1990 offering financial services including assurance, consulting, small business solutions, and tax compliance. RM provides solutions for companies in many different industries, such as construction, real estate, manufacturing and distribution, government and not for profit, insurance, retail, and many others. RM is an active member in the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms with similar client service goals. RM is also a member of the Construction Accounting Network, a nationwide alliance of accounting firms with considerable construction-related strength.

For over 35 years, Fortner Smalley (FS) has provided accounting and business services in the Upper East Tennessee/Southwest Virginia region. FS clients are involved in many different industries including construction, healthcare, technology, and oil & gas. FS specializes in assurance services, taxation, litigation support, and business consulting. Co-founder Charles W. Fortner and managing member Forooz G. Smalley have actively participated in the region’s communities serving on numerous non-profit, hospital, financial, and education institution boards. Forooz Smalley presently serves on the East Tennessee State University Foundation Board of Directors, Ballad Health’s Southwest Region Community Board, and Kingsport YMCA finance committee.

Forooz Smalley, was equally enthusiastic about the merger stating:

“We are eager to unite with firms that share our same goals and values. 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. We look forward to sharing resources and expertise throughout this organization.”

Established in 1948 by Monroe B. Thrower, and joined by his son M. Bardin Thrower, Jr. in 1975, Thrower, Blanton & Associates (TBA) serves as one of the leading accounting firms in the Southwest Virginia/Upper East Tennessee area. 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. TBA has a knowledgeable and experienced leadership team including current managing partner Brian K. Blanton, who joined in 1992, Charles Lawson, and Tamara Greear.

Brian Blanton also affirmed TBA’s eager anticipation of the merger stating:

“We are ready to see how much we can learn from our new partners and I know they are interested in learning from us. 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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