Personal Formation and Forte
Samuel graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tusculum college with a Bachelor of Arts in Managerial Accounting. Samuel received the Tusculum College Accounting Award, which is given to the graduate with the highest accounting G.P.A. He went on to East Tennessee State University for graduate school where he received his Masters of Accountancy. Samuel was named as the Valedictorian of his high school class which set the stage for his outstanding collegiate academic achievements. Samuel is a second generation accountant who has not wavered on his desire to practice in a public accounting. He completed three internships before joining Burkhart & Company, one with the Oak Ridge National Lab and two in public accounting including stints with a Big Four and a local CPA firm.
What Samuel values most is relationships. While in college he discovered that investing in the golf and fishing teams made him a more balanced person and afforded time to build friendships. He naturally has a positive, fun-loving attitude even during the crunch times. He is always willing to sharing the load with his teammates and help anyone at any time. He has a natural curiosity that makes him go beyond the facts to seek an understanding of the reasons why. He balances an affable personality with an inquisitive mind making him a stretch player for his team.
- Separating from classmates who followed an easy, less disciplined course, Samuel decided to stay true to his core values holding a clear vision of a good life ahead.
- Coming under the influence of an accounting professor, Dr. Michelle Freeman, who truly cared about his professional development and career plan.
- Learning the “language of business” and mastering the details of debit and credits, financial statements and economic principles.
As a member of our firm’s professional team, Samuel’s areas of focus include:
- Tax compliance and planning for businesses, family partnerships, trusts and individuals,
- Family office services and financial planning, and
- Accounting and financial reporting.
Samuel has no trouble filling up recreational time with such hobbies as fishing and golfing as well as participating in or watching sports of all types. Happiness is often associated with just being outdoors. A favorite tradition since early childhood is going to his grandma’s house for lunch after Sunday church. He is engaging in the young professional community of Knoxville and looks forward to building a life in Knoxville close to his roots.