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Mauldin & Jenkins Appoints Five New Partners

  • Post published:August 26, 2020
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Atlanta‐ August 24, 2020– Southeastern‐based CPA firm Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC, is proud to announce the appointment of five new firm partners, effective Sept. 1.

We are extremely excited to welcome these five individuals as partners in Mauldin & Jenkins and would like to congratulate all of them. We have many talented people and each of these individuals has demonstrated great success in delivering exceptional client service, their commitment to our core values, and strengthening the accounting profession. – Hanson Borders, Managing Partner, Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC

Brandon Smith- Atlanta, GA
Brandon Smith, CPA, joined Mauldin & Jenkins in 2008, after studying Accounting and Information Systems at Georgia Southern University. As a Partner based in the Atlanta office, he works with organizations throughout the Southeast to help deliver a blend of capacity building, management consulting, and traditional accounting services.

Brandon’s experience includes evaluating internal control, cybersecurity, and risk management policies and practices. He helps organizations implement and expand established frameworks to meet operations, reporting, and compliance objectives. Brandon is enthusiastic about transformative technologies and the impact they have on our clients and the accounting profession.

He is a member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), Georgia Planned Giving Council, and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. He is also a volunteer instructor for Nonprofit University’s certificate programs.

Brandon resides in downtown Atlanta with his partner Morgan, a tax attorney and advocate for low income taxpayers.

Ross Cannon- Atlanta, GA
Ross W. Cannon, CPA, is a Partner in the Entrepreneurial Services practice of Mauldin & Jenkins. Ross graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and a Masters of Accounting from Georgia Southern University in 2006. He began his career with Mauldin & Jenkins shortly after graduation. Ross lives with his wife Jennifer in the Vinings area of Atlanta.

Since joining Mauldin & Jenkins, Ross specializes in providing attestation services for a wide range of industries, including not-for-profit organizations, healthcare entities, affordable housing, higher education, employee benefit plans, and middle market businesses. Ross also provides accounting, tax and consulting services to individuals, corporations, and partnerships.

Ross is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA). Ross serves on the Leadership Council and the A&A Advisory Council for the GSCPA. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the
Georgia Institute on Aging. He also serves as the area chairman for the Smyrna Chapter of
Ducks Unlimited and as state treasurer for Georgia Ducks Unlimited.

Lacey Heath- Birmingham, AL
Lacey Heath is a Partner with Mauldin & Jenkins. She graduated with a Master’s in Accounting from Auburn University in 2005, and joined Mauldin & Jenkins shortly after. Services provided to clients include financial statement audits, internal audits, and tax services.

She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Alabama and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and The Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Lacey and her husband Matthew reside in Birmingham, AL. Outside of the office Lacey attends The Church at Brook Hills.

Jameson Miller- Chattanooga, TN
Jameson Miller, CPA, CISA, CISSP is a Partner in the Chattanooga, TN, office and has been with the Firm since 2006. Jameson graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2007. Jameson is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, with the state of Tennessee, a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

His experience includes audits for financial institutions, public SEC companies, manufacturers, not for profit organizations and higher education Institutions. Additionally, he has extensive experience performing information systems regulatory compliance and framework reviews, SSAE 18 System and Organization Controls (SOC) Reporting, and Technical audits and cybersecurity assessments for information systems.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), ISC2, and ISACA. He previously served on the board of directors for the Chattanooga Chapter of the TSCPA as chair of the Career Awareness and the Community Service committees. He currently serves as the treasurer/secretary on the Board of Directors of the Cumberland Trails Conference.

Jameson resides in Chattanooga, TN with his wife, Ashley, and two sons, Fox and Ozzie. They are avid outdoor enthusiasts and in their spare time enjoy hiking and backpacking. Together they have completed over 460 miles of the Appalachian Trail (Springer Mountain, GA to Damascus, VA), and over 200 miles of trails within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Hope Pendergrass- Macon, GA
Hope M. Pendergrass, CPA, is a Partner with Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC. She graduated from Wesleyan College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and joined Mauldin & Jenkins immediately thereafter. Her expertise covers a wide variety of state and local governments.

She is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, the Georgia Society of CPAs, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and is involved in the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association. She also serves on the GFOA’s Special Review Committee and performs reviews of Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs) as part of GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program. Hope holds the AICPA Advanced Single Audit Certificate after passing the AICPA Advanced Single Audit Exam. Most recently, she was named Mauldin & Jenkins’ lead compliance audit technical partner.

Hope enjoys community service work and has volunteered with various organizations in the middle Georgia area including United Way of Central Georgia, Distinguished Young Women of Monroe and Bibb Counties, and Wesleyan College.

Hope and her husband, Derrick, live in Macon with their son, Corbin.

Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC, is a Top 100 Certified Public Accounting firm providing assurance, tax, consulting and advisory services since 1918. The firm has eight offices located across the Southeast, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina. For more information, please visit


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