Brenda Smith has been in public accounting for more than 30 years. She has dedicated her career to assisting small business and individuals with their tax and accounting needs. She opened her firm in 1993 with one office in New Hudson and has since expanded with two additional locations in South Lyon and Madison Heights.
As owner and operator of the firm, Brenda believes every customer should get the best service possible in a friendly, efficient environment. She is glad you trust us to prepare your taxes and has gathered the best staff available to help see that you pay the least amount of tax.
Jessie heads up our small business accounting department. She came to us with a background in business controllership, budgeting and cost accounting. She can answer all your business finance questions and she will keep your business in compliance with all federal and state regulations and tax laws. Jessie works out of our South Lyon office during the tax season. Stop in and say hello!
Jessie’s passion is tennis, so you will not find her here on Wednesday mornings – she is busy killing her opponent on the court.
Laurie is our office manager and has been with us for eight years. She handles all of the firms accounting and billing issues. She is also in charge of training and managing the firm’s administrative assistants. Her most challenging project is keeping Brenda organized — not an easy task.
She is married to Mike and has two fabulous children, one in the Brighton School System and one off to college. Laurie and her family enjoy camping and boating.
Paul comes to us with a tax background along with experience in the tax software industry. Holding a bachelor’s degree in both accounting and finance, Paul knows how important it is to pay the least amount of tax possible and make your money work for you. He works with Jessie and Kathy in our business department and in South Lyon during tax season.
Paul is a proud Central Michigan alumni and tenor saxophone player. You can be sure to see him playing and marching with the band every homecoming in Mount Pleasant.
Tyler comes to us with a background in small business accounting and financial analysis. With a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University, Tyler knows the importance of strong financial health and getting the best tax benefits possible for small businesses. He works with Paul in New Hudson and Jessie in South Lyon during tax season.
Tyler is also an Assistant Coach for a local high school baseball team. He enjoys golfing and playing guitar in his spare time, and you might see Tyler walking his golden retriever, Toby, in one of our beautiful local parks.
Tami has had varied accounting experience as a staff accountant, cost accountant, and tax professional. Tami is a long time South Lyon resident and has worked with us for nine tax seasons. She works at both our South Lyon and New Hudson offices.
If Tami does your return – you will have a very detailed interview. She will leave no money on the table – making sure she understands your tax situation to insure you get the biggest refund to which you are entitled.
This is Denise’s fifth tax season with B. W. Smith + Company. In addition to five years of prior tax experience, she worked at Ford Motor Company in Purchasing and Quality Control in a variety of accounting, supervisory, and management positions. She takes pride in conducting thorough client interviews for analysis of their tax situation. She enjoys assisting clients in developing the most advantageous tax strategies for future tax years.
Denise adds to her interesting career with a short stint in education. She holds B.S. in Mathematics and M.A. in Educational Administration. She is also a new grandma!
Cheryl comes to us with many years of diversified experience. She has a BBA in accounting from U of M and a MBA in Organizational Leadership from Cleary University. She has been a small business owner focusing on payroll, accounting and government compliance.
As a seasoned tax preparer, Cheryl knows the importance of offering great customer service while getting the best returns legally possible. Her background in human resources and management makes her uniquely qualified to answer many of the questions posed by small business owners.
Cheryl is a long-time resident of South Lyon.
Kim has been with EDS Tax as a tax preparer for 5 tax seasons. Previously, Kim has worked in banking and a number of financial institutions. Throughout the year, Kim also focuses on payroll and accounting for small businesses, and is knowledgeable in QuickBooks. Kim has an undergraduate in Finance from Central Michigan University and an MBA from University of Detroit/Mercy.
In her free time Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
Cecile has been preparing taxes for nine years and joined the EDS Tax team in 2016. Prior to that, she had worked at H&R Block. She enjoys meeting with people and assisting with their tax situation, as every person has a story to tell. she also likes to leave the client with a little piece of advice going forward dependent on their situation.
She has also been a part-time real estate agent for over 10 years.
In her rare spare time, Cecile likes to golf, travel, play cards and visit estate sales mainly to check out the houses.