Highlights from this Issue ...
2012-2013 Slate of Officers and Proposed Budget
Chapter Photos
Knoxville Chapter to Match Pugh Scholarship Fund Contributions
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Feb. 14 Meeting Information
Lunch Information
Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Please note special time
Location: Rothchild Catering & Conference Center
8807 Kingston Pike

Program: Take Out The Trash: How To Clean Up Your Life
Speaker: Tim Harris
Fees: No charge for members; $20 for nonmembers.

Sliced honey ham, swiss cheese-filled boneless breast of chicken, brown rice with herbed butter, green beans almondine and chocolate fudge cake or sour cream cake for dessert.

Mini-Seminar 1
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Rothchild Catering &
Conference Center
8807 Kingston Pike

Topics: Creating Patterns for Success Inside and Outside of You
Speaker: Alex Hutchens
CPE: 2 hours O
Fees: $10 for members; $20 for nonmembers. Please see below for online payment information.
Mini-Seminar 2
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Rothchild Catering &
Conference Center
8807 Kingston Pike
Topic: GASB Update
Speaker: James M. Williams
CPE: 2 hours A
Fees: $10 for members; $20 for nonmembers. Please see below for online payment information.

Register by noon on Friday, Feb. 10

Click here to register and pay online, or call the TSCPA office at 615/377-3825.

Important Note: New TSCPA Website, New Member Login

On Jan. 30, TSCPA launched a new website. As a result of this, your member login information will change. The first time you login to the new site, use your existing credentials to login (username = last name; password = member number). You will then be prompted to create a new username based off your email and a new password of your choosing. You may then proceed with registration for the chapter meeting.

If you do not receive an email confirmation after registering, please contact the TSCPA office at 615/377-3825 to confirm your registration.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made by the Friday prior to the meeting date will be granted a full refund. Cancellations made after 5 p.m. on the Friday before the meeting date will result in forfeiture of 100% of fees paid. Members who register to attend the lunch and fail to attend without properly cancelling will be billed a no-show fee of $30. Special exceptions may be made to those with emergencies.

President's Message

Chapter Members,

Busy season for many of us is already here, and I hope that your level of stress is currently not too great. Thus, recognizing that time is at a premium, my message to you this month will be concise.

I have had the privilege for some time of enjoying many positive business relationships. One such opportunity is through my Rotary Club, which has as a motto "service above self." Whether reading to underprivileged elementary children or hosting a Super Bowl party for homeless elderly folks, replete with a football board, I always receive far more benefit than the effort expended through these Rotary service projects. I, likewise, encourage you to relieve some seasonal stress through serving others. (It's not too late to sign up for a state-wide TSCPA committee or volunteer locally when the Knoxville Chapter has Committee Day on May 24. If serving on a committee is not that appealing to you, there are myriad opportunities to mentor a new student member.)

Here are some additional thoughts on relationships that I have borrowed from Rotary International:

  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

I hope to see you at our Valentine's Day luncheon, where we'll savor the fruits of some wonderful professional relationships! 

Ed Lay
TSCPA Knoxville Chapter President

2012-2013 Slate of Chapter Officer Nominees and Proposed Budget

Click here to view the 2012-13 Slate of Officers, as approved by the Nominating Committee. If you are interested in submitting a nominee to the chapter, you may do so at the February meeting. In accordance with our bylaws, the nomination must be in writing and signed by the person making the nomination and by the nominee. Should there be no nominations from the floor, the slate of nominees proposed by the chapter nominating committee will be elected by acclamation at the annual membership meeting in March.

Click here to view the 2012-2013 proposed budget. The budget will be adopted by the chapter at the March meeting.

Knoxville Chapter to Match Contributions to
Pugh Scholarship Fund

The Will J. Pugh Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 in honor of Knoxville Chapter member Will Pugh's lifetime dedication to the betterment of the CPA profession. This scholarship is awarded annually to an accounting student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who displays the outstanding academic and leadership skills embodied by Pugh.

The TSCPA Knoxville Chapter is matching contributions made by chapter members to this scholarship fund through March 31, 2012 for up to $10,000. If you would like to contribute, checks may be sent to the TSCPA Educational and Memorial Foundation. Please indicate that your tax-deductible contribution is intended for the Pugh scholarship fund. Any new contributions made through the foundation's Life Associates program may also be designated to this scholarship fund. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the society office.

Click here to download a donation form.

February Speaker Information

Tim Harris founded Knoxville Wholesale Furniture, Tennessee's largest independent furniture dealer, in 1992. The company has four locations in Knoxville and sells to more than 100 regional furniture dealers in a seven-state area.

Harris began his career in the furniture industry in 1982 with Braden's Fine Furniture, where he worked as vice president. He previously worked as a school teacher at Riverdale and Farragut high schools.

Harris attended the University of Tennessee, where he played as a walk-on member of the football team. He graduated from David Lipscomb University with a B.S. in education and earned his master's degree in English from Tennessee State University.

Mini-Seminar 1

Alex Hutchins, visiting instructor in the School of Business for Carson Newman College, is a North Carolinian (Tarheel) by birth, and received his MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University in 1981.

His 40+ year career has seen him in a variety of management positions, from executive director of a local arts council to corporate director of quality improvement to president of Quest Training, Inc., an organizational development company. He founded Quest Training, Inc., in 1990, when he moved from North Carolina to Tennessee to create the second Center for Quality and Productivity Training in Tennessee at Walters State Community College in Morristown. Hutchins has been involved with adult higher education since 1986 when he began custom designing training programs for business and industry at Piedmont Community College.

With more than 13,000 hours of project management experience under his belt, Hutchins has written 16 project management curriculums (onsite and online) currently being used by proprietary schools and is currently a featured writer on Examiner.com / Knoxville for Adult Education.

Mini-Seminar 2

James M. Williams, CGFM, CPA, has been a member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board since July 1, 2002.

Prior to his retirement from Ernst & Young LLP, he was a partner and the national director of public sector accounting and assurance services. Williams represented the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants on the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council. He also chaired the Association of Government Accountants Financial Management Standards Board. He was a member of the AICPA Governmental Accounting and Auditing Committee and the AGA State and Local Government Committee. He was also a member of the AICPA Government Technical Standards Subcommittee and served on several GASB task forces.

Williams is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where he received BBA with highest honors and an MBA degree in accounting and an MA degree in public administration.

Chapter Photos
Van Elkins, Karen Hellmund, Sam Coulter, Dale Allen and Jessica O'Dell are pictured at the Jan. 10 Knoxville Chapter mixer with the Knoxville Bar Association.

Pictured are Randy Miller, Mike Heffner and Ed Smith.
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2011-2012 Knoxville Chapter Officers and Directors

Ed Lay, CPA, President: edwinlaycpa@aol.com
Angela Sparks Godel, CPA, President-Elect: angela@godel.com
Christine Bell, CPA, VP - Membership:
Allen Wilhoit, CPA, VP - Education: allen.wilhoit@nmfn.com
Emily Stephenson, CPA, Treasurer: estephenson@cj-pc.com
Wade Stonebrook, CPA, Assistant Treasurer:
Carrie Davis, CPA, Secretary: cdavis@cj-pc.com
Jamie Hill, CPA, Communications Director: jhill102001@yahoo.com
Sean Brewer, CPA, Director-At-Large: sbrewer@pughcompany.com
Laimon Godel, Jr., CPA, Director-At-Large: cpa@godel.com
Karen Hellmund, CPA, Knoxville Chapter Director: karen@vanelkins.com

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