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Team

Our Team

Michael L. Whitlock

(865) 981-9638
mwhitlock@whitlockcpa.com

Current Experience:

Michael Whitlock, Certified Public Accountant and founding partner of Whitlock & Company, PC, is a lifetime resident of Blount County. He began his accounting career in 1974 as an intern with a local firm in Maryville, and then full-time after graduating from college. Michael has diversified experience in estate planning, individual tax planning, and construction accounting. He also has extensive experience in individual taxation, partnership taxation, and corporate taxation.

Education & Training:

Michael graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting. He continues his education annually through professional education programs offered by accredited, professional organizations.

Personal and Community Involvement:

Michael is active in and continues to support several professional and civic organizations, including:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA)
  • Blount County Chamber of Commerce
  • Served on Quality Review Committee for the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.
  • First United Methodist Church, Maryville
  • Past president of American Cancer Society, Blount County
  • Past local board member, SunTrust Bank
  • Past elder of Eusebia Presbyterian Church

Brenda Ledbetter, MBA

(865) 981-9638
bledbetter@whitlockcpa.com

Current Experience:

Brenda has diversified accounting and tax experience across a variety of industries including rental property management, property development, flight crews, short term lodging, retail services, and fifteen years of physician practice management. She provides services in the areas of business and individual income taxation, compilations and reviews, and has significant experience in the area of small business accounting such as start up's, payroll services, and QuickBooks training and setup.

Education & Training:

Brenda is a graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan College and holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting. She also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Campbell University with a concentration in Tax and accounting. She continues her education annually through continual professional education programs offered by accredited, professional organizations.

  • Personal and Community Involvement: Brenda is active in and continues to support several professional and civic organizations, including:
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA)
  • Blount County Chamber of Commerce
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Volunteer
  • Brenda was born and raised in Middle Tennessee and resides in Louisville.

Bob Dye

(865) 981-9638
bobdye@whitlockcpa.com

Current Experience:

Bob Dye, Certified Public Accountant, is a long time resident of Blount County. He has diverse accounting experience with both individuals and small businesses taxation and tax planning. Bob brings many positive attributes to his profession, including a genuine understanding of his clients and their needs.

Education & Training:

Bob served in the United States Air Force. Upon completion of his military service, he attended the University of Tennessee where he graduated, with honors, with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. Bob worked for several local firms before opening his own business in 1993. He has recently joined the staff at Whitlock and Company.

Personal and Community Involvement:

Bob is active in and continues to support several professional and civic organizations, including:

  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA)
  • Blount County Chamber of Commerce
  • Civitan Club past president

Chris Rop

(865) 981-9638
crop@whitlockcpa.com

Current Experience:

Chris began at Whitlock & Company as an intern in January of 2013 and transitioned into a staff accountant role upon graduating from the University of Tennessee in the summer of 2014. In his time here he has gained experience in many areas of accounting, including individual, partnership and corporate taxation. Chris also provides services in compilation and reviews. He has worked on tax and other financial accounting services with multiple small businesses across a variety of industries. In addition to his experience in working with small businesses Chris also works with multiple Non-Profit entities as well.

Education & Training:

Chris received his CPA license in February of 2016 from the State of Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in May of 2014 with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and a collateral in supply chain management. He earned his Masters of Accountancy in August 2015 from East Tennessee State University. He continues his education annually through continual professional education programs offered by accredited, professional organization.

Personal and Community Involvement:

Chris is involved with several community and professional organizations, a few are highlighted below:

  • Teaches 5th and 6th grade Sunday School Class at Blount Community Church
  • Helps with the Children’s and Music Ministry’s at Outreach Christian Church
  • Board Member for Harbours Gate (http://harboursgate.org/)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA)

Lori Fleming

(865) 981-9638
lfleming@whitlockcpa.com

Current Experience:

Lori joined the firm in 2007 as a paraprofessional in our bookkeeping and payroll service department. She brought 15 years of previous bookkeeping and payroll experience to the firm.

Education & Training:

Lori has an Associate's Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. She has since become a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. She continues to look for opportunities for educational programs offered by accredited, professional organizations.

Personal and Community Involvement:

Lori is active in and continues to support several ministries in her church.

  • Woodlawn Baptist Church

Sharon Blizard

(865) 981-9638
sblizard@whitlockcpa.com

Current Experience:

Sharon joined the firm in 2014 as a paraprofessional in our bookkeeping and payroll service department. She brought 25 years of previous bookkeeping and payroll experience to the firm.

Gamze Simit

(865) 981-9638
gsimit@whitlockcpa.com

Current Experience:

  • Taxes – 1040
  • Payroll

Education & Training:

  • Graduated from University of Tennessee with honors
  • Majored in Accounting with a collateral in Finance
  • Received an acknowledgement in Equities, Fixed Income, Foreign Exchange, and Commodities
  • Received the title of “Master of Bloomberg” after passing the four market sector tests
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society
  • Member of Financial Management Association

Personal and Community Involvement:

  • Help cooking for the homeless people on weekends. Help passing out gloves and socks for the homeless during winter
  • Have been in Knoxville for 15 years
  • Met Warren Buffet in Omaha Nebraska
  • Been to New York Stock Exchange

Sharon Souder

(865) 981-9638
ssouder@whitlockcpa.com

Sharon joined the firm in August 2016. She has over 25 years of tax preparation and accounting assistance for partnerships, corporations and individuals. Having worked in both large and small CPA firms she has assisted a variety of clients including medical professionals, auto dealerships, construction and real estate companies. Originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, with a short stop in California, she has resided in Farragut for the past 20 years. She enjoys spending her time reading or gardening