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Jackson Thornton Announces Promotions

August 13, 2020

Jackson Thornton, a certified public accounting and consulting firm headquartered in Montgomery, is pleased to announce several recent promotions across Alabama.

Kelly McGhee, CPA was promoted to Senior Manager. McGhee has served as the firm’s Controller since 2017. Prior to rejoining the firm, she had been with Jackson Thornton for 10 years previously as an auditor in the audit and accounting line of business. McGhee has served as treasurer of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and secretary/treasurer of the Alabama Dance Theatre. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Family Guidance Center. McGhee received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University Montgomery.

Jake Studdard, CPA was promoted to Senior Manager. Studdard, who started with the firm in 2013, helps lead Jackson Thornton’s automobile dealership industry niche in the tax line of business. He is a member of the Wetumpka Lions Club and serves on the board of directors of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the DealerCPA network. Studdard obtained his undergraduate degree from Auburn University Montgomery.

Austin Gaines, CPA was also promoted to Senior Manager. Gaines joined the firm in 2014 and specializes in tax planning and consulting for closely-held small businesses. He is a past president of Emerge Montgomery and served as president of Jackson Thornton Young Professionals (JTYP). Gaines serves on the Montgomery Mayoral Young Professional Council, is vice chair of the YMCA Boys Work Committee, is on the Junior Executive Board for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and on the board of ClefWorks. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club, the Jimmy Hitchcock Committee and serves as a Finance Committee member for the River Region United Way. Gaines holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Auburn University.

Jackson Thornton also promoted Logan Remson, CPA; Candace Lawton, CPA; Frankie Wilbourne, CPA; and Mark Cooley, CPA to Manager.

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