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Winnett Associates, PLLC is a full-service Certified Public Accounting firm licensed in TN. All our CPA's hold valid TN State CPA Certificates.

Member Owners

Burtis "Burt" D. Landers, CPA

Member - In Charge of Accounting Services Division
blanders@winnettcpa.com

Burt began his accounting career with the firm as an intern while attending college in the summer of 1974. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University in 1976, with a major in accounting. Upon graduation, he was employed as a staff accountant in May 1976 and was admitted to the firm as a partner October 1, 1979.

Burt received his CPA certification January 31, 1977, and is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is in charge of the Accounting Services Division of the firm and works closely with clients providing them with services to assist them in protecting their assets and growing their businesses.

Burt is a member of First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, where he teaches a couples bible class each Sunday. He has served God as a deacon, teacher, committee member, outreach participant, and in many other ways.

Burt is a Shelbyville native and is married to his high school sweetheart Connie Gordon Landers. They have two sons, two grandsons and one granddaughter. In addition to serving his Lord he enjoys his children and grandchildren, caring for his lawn and going for drives with Connie in their Mazda Miata.




Connie Hughes Bailey, CPA

Member – In Charge of Audit Division
cbailey@winnettcpa.com

Connie graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University in May 1976. She graduated with a Master of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University in August 1979. Connie joined the firm in January 1982, and was admitted to the firm as a partner October 1, 1991.

Connie received her CPA certification May 18, 1984, and is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is in charge of the Audit Division of the firm and oversees the firm’s quality control practices. Her responsibilities also include business and personal tax planning and preparation and attest services, including compilations, reviews and audits.

Connie is a member of Shelbyville First United Methodist Church where she has served on the finance committee, in the knitting ministry and in various other ways. She has also served on the Bedford County Arts Council as a member and treasurer. Connie enjoys hiking, biking, Sudoku, Scrabble, and spending vacation time with her extended family.




Kevin W. Grissom, CPA

Member – Small Business Tax and Accounting
kgrissom@winnettcpa.com

Kevin began his accounting career with the firm as an intern while attending college in the spring of 1990. Kevin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Middle Tennessee State University in December 1990, with a major in accounting. Kevin joined the firm as a staff accountant January 1, 1991, and was admitted to the firm as a partner October 1, 2000.

Kevin received his CPA certification June 24, 1992, and is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He serves in the firm’s Accounting Services Division, providing tax and accounting services.

Kevin is married to Marinda Cartwright Grissom and they have one son and one daughter. Kevin enjoys watching baseball.




John A "Andy" Lile, CPA

Member – Accounting Services Division
alile@winnettcpa.com

Andy began his accounting career with the firm as a part-time staff accountant while attending college in the spring of 1991. Andy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Tennessee Technology University in May 1992 with a major in accounting. He graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University in 2000 with a major in accounting. He joined the firm as a staff accountant July 1, 1992, and was admitted to the firm as a partner October 1, 2000.

Andy received his CPA certification June 8, 1994, and is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He serves in the firm’s Accounting Services Division, providing tax and accounting services.

Andy is married to his high school sweetheart Dawn Locke Lile and they have one son and one daughter. Andy is a member of Third Baptist Church where he has served on various committees, taught Sunday School, served as a deacon, and with his wife leads the children’s worship service. He and his family enjoying traveling to points of historic interest, and he has also visited most of the thirty major league baseball parks and plans to complete the list in the near future.



Patrick R. Lile, CPA

Member – Audit and Tax Services
plile@winnettcpa.com

Patrick began his accounting career with the firm in 1994 as an intern while attending college.  Patrick graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University August 5, 1995, with a major in accounting, and graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University May 10, 1997, with a major in accounting.  He joined the firm as a staff accountant October 1, 1999, and was admitted to the firm as a partner October 1, 2004.

Patrick received his CPA certification June 21, 1999, and is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Patrick has previously served on the board of Leadership Bedford.  He is also a member of Third Baptist church where he teaches Sunday School, serves as a Deacon, and is a member of the Stewardship Committee. 

His firm responsibilities include business and personal tax planning, and preparation and attest services, including compilations, reviews and audits. An area of expertise for Patrick is electric service distributors and he is a member of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives.  Patrick and the management team at Winnett Associates have decades of experience in providing services to electric service distributors including performing financial statement audits, tax planning and compliance, directors elections, NRECA participant reviews, “round up” programs, audits of pension plans, as well as all types of financial and accounting consulting.

Patrick and his wife of 19 years, Monica, reside in Murfreesboro and have two sons, Patton and Jackson.  Patrick is known for his good communication and being accessible to his clients.  But if you are having trouble finding him, you might check to see if his beloved Kentucky men’s basketball team is playing. 


D. Mitchel Smith, CPA

Member - Financial Reporting, Tax and Financial Consulting Divisions
msmith@winnettcpa.com

Mitchel began his accounting career with the firm as an intern while attending college in the fall of 2002.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administrtion degree from Middle Tennessee State University in May 2003, with a major in accounting.  He joined the firm as a staff accountant May 12, 2003.

Mitchel received his CPA certification in May 2008 and is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  His responsibilities include preparing personal and business tax returns, and performing attest services including compilations, reviews and audits.

Mitchel is married to Kimberly Chambers Smith, and they have two sons.  He is a member of Edgemont Baptist Church.  He is a member of the Shelbyville Rotary Club where he has served as treasurer.  His hobbies include playing basketball and golf.

Accounting and Tax Staff



Jason C. Ferrell, CPA, CSEP

Manager – Tax Division
jferrell@winnettcpa.com

Jason began his accounting career with the firm as an intern while attending college in 1987 and 1988.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University in December 1988, with a major in accounting.  He joined the firm as a staff accountant in January 1, 1989.

Jason received his CPA certification June 6, 1991, and is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He is a manager in the tax division with special expertise in trust taxation.

Jason is a member of Eastside Church of Christ.  His hobbies include reading, golf, NASCAR, attending major league baseball games and shooting sports.


Tammy Buckingham, CPA

Manager –  Tax and Accounting Services Division
tbuckingham@winnettcpa.com

Tammy graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Middle Tennessee State University in December 1998, with a major in accounting.  She joined the firm as a Senior Accountant January 1, 2004.

Tammy received her CPA certification June 30, 2004, and is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  She is a supervisor with responsibilities for small business accounting and tax services.

Tammy and her husband Paul have two sons and one daughter.  Tammy is a member of Victory Baptist Church.  Her hobbies include reading, swimming, and spending time with her family.


Jason Reese

Senior Accountant – Audit and Tax Divisions
jreese@winnettcpa.com

Jason graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the Middle Tennessee State University in December 2006 with a major in accounting.  He joined the firm April 1, 2007.  His responsibilities with the firm include tax preparation and attest services, including compilations, reviews and audits.  Jason is married to Kayla McGowan Reese.  They are active members of Edgemont Baptist Church where he also serves as music director.  In his spare time Jason enjoys singing in a gospel quartet.


Keri Beth Perryman, CPA

Senior Accountant – Audit and Tax Divisions  kperryman@winnettcpa.com

Keri Beth began her accounting career with the firm as an intern while attending college in the spring of 2013. She graduated in 2013 from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor of Business Administration and a major in accounting, and joined the firm July 1, 2013.

Keri Beth received her CPA certification in February 2017 and is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Her responsibilities include preparation of tax returns and attest service, including compilations, reviews, and audits. In her personal time she enjoys being with her friends and family and going to the lake.


Jarrett A. Branch, CPA

Senior Accountant - Audit and Tax Divisions

jbranch@winnettcpa.com

Jarrett began his accounting career with the firm as an intern while attending college in the spring of 2014.  He graduated Cum Laude in December 2012 with a bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting from Middle Tennessee State University. He graduated in May 2014 with a Masters of Accountancy from Middle Tennessee State University and jointed the firm July 1, 2014.

Jarrett received his CPA certification in July 2015 and is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. His responsibilities include prepartion of individual and business tax returns and attest services, including compiliations, reviews, and audits.  

Accounting Services Staff


Betty Dickson

Bookkeeper – Accounting Services Division
bdickson@winnettcpa.com

Betty was first employed by the firm as a secretary and bookkeeper from 1973 through 1976 when she left to be a mother.  Betty joined the firm again June 1, 1999, as a bookkeeper in our accounting services division.  She performs monthly accounting services for a group of clients and prepares clients’ payrolls.  She is a member of our QuickBooks team and responsible for troubleshooting for the firm’s client accounting software.  She also sets up, maintains and troubleshoots the firm’s bill paying software.  Betty is a Bedford County native and has one son and one daughter and six grandchildren.  She enjoys gardening, travel and music.


Janie H. Bowman

Bookkeeper – Accounting Services Division
jbowman@winnettcpa.com

Janie joined the firm September 3, 1996, as a bookkeeper in our accounting services division.  Prior to joining the firm she was employed by a car dealership and a manufacturing company where she gained experience with accounts payable, accounts receivable and day-to-day office operations.  With Winnett she is responsible for the monthly accounting for a group of the firm’s clients and preparation of clients’ payroll.  Janie is a Bedford County native, the youngest of six sisters and was graduated from Community High School in Unionville.  She is an active member of Fair Haven Baptist Church, serving as an adult ladies’ Sunday School teacher, serving on various committees and singing in the choir.  She enjoys reading, attending sporting events, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Payroll and Bill Paying Staff


April Marsh

Supervisor - Payroll Division

April joined the firm September 26, 2011, originally as our receptionist. She was promoted to Supervisor of the firm's payroll division in October 2019. She is responsible for preparation of payrolls and overseeing the operations of the payroll division.  She is a Bedford County native and attended Cascade High School.  She has three children and four grandchildren, and is married to Joe Marsh who also has three children.  She enjoys baking, crafts, painting, gardening and being with her family. 


Administrative Staff


Shannon Rutledge

Clerical Supervisor
bsinemus@winnettcpa.com

Shannon joined the firm in December of 2018. Her responsibilities with the firm include overseeing the firm’s clerical functions and performing various administrative functions. Beth is married to Lt. Benjamin Sinemus of the United States Air Force and both are natives of Bristol, TN. During her spare time Beth enjoys training for half marathons, hiking, renovations, and taking care of her animals.


April Marsh

Receptionist

April joined the firm September 26, 2011, as receptionist.  She is a Bedford County native and attended Cascade High School.  She has three children and four grandchildren, and is married to Joe Marsh who also has three children.  She enjoys baking, crafts, painting, gardening and being with her family.  At Winnett she welcomes clients with a smile and sees that their needs are met.  Her other duties includes editing financial statement drafts, copying tax returns, keeping the firm library up to date, and whatever else needs to be done.   


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