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Jackson Thornton Announces New Team Members

June 7, 2022

Jackson Thornton, a certified public accounting and consulting firm headquartered in Montgomery, AL, is pleased to announce the addition of Justin K. Clark and Susan S. Barnes to the firm.

Justin Clark is a principal in the firm’s Auburn/Opelika office and joins Jackson Thornton Asset Management (JTAM) as a financial advisor. Prior to joining JTAM, Clark was a partner in an Auburn-based real estate development company providing consulting services to a variety of clients, ranging from commercial single tenant properties to multi-family properties. Clark also has a CPA firm background where he provided accounting and assurance, transaction advisory, and consulting services to a wide range of industries including real estate and construction, financial services, and manufacturing.

Clark is a Leadership Montgomery graduate and former treasurer, served as treasurer of Bridge Builders of Alabama, was active in the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, and served as a board member of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA). He holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from Troy University. Clark also holds professional membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the ASCPA.

Susan Barnes is a Senior Manager in the firm’s Montgomery office and provides Outsourced Controller/CFO services to clients. She has a CPA firm background and consulted with clients to develop processes and procedures to better utilize their current accounting software. Barnes also assisted clients in the implementation of new accounting software systems. Prior to that, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Anchor Mortgage for 18 years and helped develop their accounting systems and compensation programs when the company was founded in 1988.

Barnes is a graduate of Auburn University. She holds professional membership in the AICPA and ASCPA. Barnes is a member of Christchurch Anglican where she serves on the finance committee.

“We’re excited to welcome Justin and Susan to the team,” said John Fendley, Jackson Thornton’s President & CEO. “Their depth of experience and backgrounds working for a large CPA firm position them to be valuable resources for the firm and our clients.”