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About Our Firm

Mitchell Emert & Hill, P.C. is committed to your success. We make it our business to know your business well enough to improve your tax position, capital position, business structure and benefits packages, acquisition potential, and much more. We earn our fees by adding value to your company and to your asset base. We have learned a great deal since we began in this business, and we are ready to apply this knowledge to enhance your company's growth and success. Together we can conquer all of the intricacies of doing business in today's fast-paced economy. We are looking forward to working with you.

Our Mission


We will increase the value of our clients by providing them progressive financial leadership while maintaining the flexibility needed in a constantly changing market place. We will create value to our clients by exceeding their expectations.

We will create maximum profitability for our employees and shareholders by providing the highest quality accounting, tax and financial services at competitive rates by building working alliances with our clients and our peers while maintaining a selective client acceptance and retention process.

We are a community of individuals devoted to achieving excellence and providing the highest quality client service. We are committed to premium service, superior work product and extraordinary results. We strive to exceed expectations in all we do and believe that holding each other to high standards is one of the most sincere and profound forms of respect. The character of our people is the ultimate foundation of our success. We explicitly champion the values of honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and service, and will not sacrifice them for short term gain or advantage. A central tenet of our culture is, candid, open and timely communication. We believe that all our people can best contribute to our success when they are fully aware of the circumstances impacting their jobs and the firm. We insist on transparent management and forthright communication at all times. We have created not just an accounting firm, but a workplace community. The relationships among our people and the camaraderie generated by those relationships are central to the excellence of our work, the extraordinary results we achieve for our clients and our satisfaction with our professional lives.

Our Team

Richard W. Hill, CPA
Partner Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant

Richard W. Hill is a shareholder with Mitchell Emert & Hill, P.C. in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he serves as the firm’s managing partner and as either the in-charge or technical reviewer on each of the firm’s audit engagements. He performs peer reviews for approximately 30 CPA firms annually and has performed peer reviews since 1992.

Richard graduated from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee with a BS in Business Administration, Accounting Major. He started his career as a state auditor with the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury and moved to public accounting in 1986. Richard is a former member of the American Institute of CPAs Peer Review Board, and currently serves its Oversight Task Force, chair of OTF from 2013-2015 and 2017. He was one of the Peer Review Board representatives on the Auditing Standards Board’s Quality Control Task Force (which issued the current quality control practice aid). He is chair of the Peer Review Committee of the Tennessee Society of CPAs (previously committee chair from 2008-2011 and chair of the East Tennessee Report Acceptance Body from 1998-2008 and June 2016 to October 2019). Richard has been a discussion leader on a variety of peer review, quality control topics and ethics and authored/co-authored articles on peer review for the Tennessee CPA Journal. He also serves as a back-up technical reviewer for the TSCPA.

Richard was selected to participate in a new initiative with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The new initiative adds a public accounting practitioner to the accreditation peer review teams to lend his expertise to the accreditation process. He was one of the first 20 practitioners selected for this new collaboration; the AACSB has a goal of 75 practitioners participating. The AACSB accreditation is held by just 570 business schools in the United States.

In June 2021, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member of the Tennessee Tech Accounting Advisory Board and was elected as Chair in February 2021.

He is a lifelong member of Washington Pike United Methodist Church in Knoxville and the finance committee chair since 1990. Away from work, he and his wife Deanna are diehard fans of the Green Bay Packers, enjoy traveling in the US and abroad and cruising in their 1971 Buick Riviera.

Susan M. Emert, CPA

Born Corpus Christi, Texas, 1954. Susan has been providing public accounting and consulting services since 1984 after several years in the furniture manufacturing and trucking industries. Her experience includes: planning and supervising audit engagements of Tennessee municipalities, school districts, manufacturing and nonprofit organizations; tax and financial planning services; and management consulting services to emerging companies; performs peer reviews for accounting firms throughout Tennessee. She serves as the technical reviewer for all of the firm's accounting and auditing engagements. Her ability to translate intimidating and complex regulatory requirements into layman's terms has eased the new business start-up process for many clients. Her positive outlook and cooperative attitude make her an invaluable resource to the firm and our clients. A graduate of the University of Tennessee with B.S. degree in accounting. Plans and supervises the firm's audits of its not-for-profit and manufacturing clients. Member: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (serves or has served on the Society's Governmental committee)

Larry A. Mitchell, E.A.
Partner/Tax Manager Enrolled Agent

Born Knoxville, Tennessee, 1963 Larry has been performing tax and management advisory services since 1984. His significant accounting, tax, and computer experience provides him with a unique perspective to assist clients in achieving their operational and financial objectives. As the managing partner he has first hand knowledge of the responsibilities of staff supervision, training, and quality control. As tax manager he supervises every tax related engagement. His role as tax manager emphasizes the firm's niche in tax planning, estate planning and tax return preparation for individuals, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. A graduate of Roane State Community College with the degree of Associate of Applied Science in Business Management Technology (Accounting Option). Passed the IRS Special Enrollment Examination in 1998 with a score of 97.5%. Member: National Association of Enrolled Agents

Julie L. Mitchell
Partner/Small Business Advisor

Born Charleston, South Carolina, 1961 Since 1994, Julie has served as engagement manager for the firm's write-up and payroll preparation services and as assistant to the tax manager and managing partner. Her extensive experience in the implementation of management and operational policies, training and supervision of personnel, and employment tax and regulation management has made her an invaluable asset to the firm. Several years of experience in similar fields combined with her desire to expand her considerable knowledge she is able to successfully meet the needs of our evolving client base. Julie's gentle demeanor, gracious smile, and outgoing personality makes her a favorite among our clients

Anne E. Caver, CPA
Partner/Audit Manager

Anne joined our firm in September 2005. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BSBA in Accounting in May 2005 and received her MBA from Tennessee Tech University in May 2016. Anne received her certification as a Certified Public Accountant in May 2018. She is a member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs. Her experience includes: planning and supervising audit engagements of school districts, utility districts, nonprofit organizations and Tennessee municipalities.

She enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Jason and two beautiful daughters, Quinn and Charlotte.

James R. Cates, CPA
Audit Supervisor

J.R. joined our firm in April 2013. He graduated Tennessee Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science in December 2012 and graduated with a Master of Business Administration at Tennessee Technological University in December 2015. J.R. received his certification as a Certified Public Accountant in April 2018. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Tennessee Society of CPAs. His experience includes: planning and supervising audit engagements of school districts, utility districts, nonprofit organizations and Tennessee municipalities.

J.R. and his wife Meghan have two sons, Xander and Ryder. He enjoys sports and automobiles, but mostly spending time with his family.

Other Personnel

Amanda Whaley, CPA - Staff Auditor

Sarah White - Staff Accountant

Wendy Swanner - Office Manager

Kristi Reagan - Receptionist

Charles Kistner - Administrative Assistant

Bradyn Key - Administrative Assistant

  • Mitchell Emert & Hill, P.C.
  • 416 Erin Dr
  • Knoxville, TN 37919
  • Telephone: (865) 522-2396
  • Fax: (865) 766-8485