Patricia A. Smith, CPA - Regional
Patti has over twenty years of experience in both private and public accounting in numerous industries. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, she was hired by the Big Eight public accounting firm of Pete Marwick Mitchell & Co. in Houston, TX. as a member of the audit staff. During the next several years, Patti held supervisory positions in the accounting departments of an international shipping line servicing European markets, as well as the Houston division of Carrier Corporation, a national manufacturer of air conditioning equipment. Seeking to advance her career, Patti accepted the position of Controller for Kwik Kopy Corporation, an international franchiser of copying and printing services headquartered in Houston. In addition to managing a staff of eight to ten accountants and bookkeepers, she interfaced with all department heads on numerous special projects and conducted monthly courses for new franchise owners on basic bookkeeping procedures.
In August 1996, Patti re-entered public accounting as a sole practitioner focusing on services to small corporations, sole proprietors, professionals and individuals in a broad variety of industries. These services included compilations, preparation of payroll, franchise, corporate and individual tax returns, tax planning, and software training in Quickbooks Pro and Peachtree Complete. Client industries include video production, travel agency, dentistry, retail, engineering services, fast-food franchise, hair salon franchises, personal training, graphic design, oil and gas equipment inspection, and residential real estate.
Patti grew up in Paris, Texas and enjoys photography, camping, sailing, and other outdoor activities.