Randy Smith
Executive Vice President

Personal Formation and Forte

Randy is a native of Nashville who made Knoxville home upon completing his accounting studies at the University of Tennessee. After spending 15 years as a CPA with a Big Four public accounting firm and Burkhart & Company he transitioned to the entrepreneurial side for 17 years serving as Chief Financial Officer for a healthcare software company. Upon the successful sale of the business, Randy was drawn back to consulting where his real world experience and desire to mentor take center stage.

From formation to exit, Randy understands how finance, sales, operations and taxes integrate. His ability to focus on the big picture allows him to help clients set their compass and navigate to a desired end. His love of learning is embedded in his DNA. His wisdom is a synthesis of solid core integrity and balanced judgment. To know Randy is to want him to be either your father, brother, mentor or advisor or some combination of those trusted roles.

Turning Points

  • As the second of four sons, breaking out to explore wide territories while never abandoning the bedrock set by principled parents who still shape his paternal style
  • Turning up in Destin, Florida during the summers of his college years to work on a sport fishing boat as he pursued his lifelong passion of sharing fishing expeditions in deep waters with family and friends
  • Recognizing that accurate numbers are important diagnostics but only useful when wrapped up in a deeper understanding of reality

Practice Emphasis

Randy coordinates technical and strategic resources as he leads the Firm's business service line and consults with privately-owned companies by:

 

  • Guiding businesses from start-up to exit on such issues as entity selection, establishing growth metrics and creating meaningful financial reporting,
  • Assessing client capital needs whether financing or private equity, and
  • Helping clients integrate sell-side or succession complexities to achieve desired exit outcomes.

Broader Interests

Randy and his wife, Kay, have raised four children whose vocations range from teaching English as a second language in an urban public school to accounting to IT security. The wide front porch of their bustling, white DIY farmhouse is where family style meals are served with grand hospitality. Having fun together is an essential ingredient to their building rich relationships.  Having laid down significant pavement in the Knoxville faith community, the family continually invests in serving those less fortunate.