The local accounting firm of Thrower, Blanton & Associates is merging with a Knoxville-based firm in a transaction that also includes a firm in Kingsport, Tenn.

Rodefer Moss & Co., a multi-state accounting and advisory firm, made the announcement Thursday morning of its merger with Thrower, Blanton and the firm of Fortner Smalley.

The merger, effective July 1, will create a combined firm under the Rodefer Moss name with 160 employees and offices in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Virginia, according to the company's announcement.

Thrower, Blanton has a knowledgeable and experienced leadership team, the release noted, including current managing partner Brian K. Blanton, who joined in 1992, Charles Lawson, and Tamara Greear.

Blanton said the firm eagerly anticipates the merger.

“We are ready to see how much we can learn from our new partners and I know they are interested in learning from us," Blanton said. "This partnership combines some of the best and most experienced financial minds in the region possessing a variety of experiences and capabilities.

"In one organization, under the Rodefer Moss name, we will be even better, stronger, and bigger, with more resources, for our clients.”

Established in 1948 by Monroe B. Thrower, and joined by his son M. Bardin Thrower Jr. in 1975, Thrower, Blanton & Associates serves as one of the leading accounting firms in the Southwest Virginia and Upper East Tennessee area. It provides financial guidance to local businesses and individuals, and offers services in trust and estate planning, financial planning, tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll, assurance services and computerized accounting setup.

Jimmy Rodefer, chief executive officer of Rodefer Moss, said similarity in business philosophy helped bring the firms together.

“A client-oriented business is always thinking about, seeking, and finding ways to do more for clients. There’s tremendous experience, brainpower, and passion for the work within Thrower, Blanton and Fortner Smalley, successful firms with great reputations," Rodefer said. "Together, under one banner, our collective resources improve what we do and makes us better for the clients we serve and who depend on us.”

Rodefer Moss was established in 1990 offering financial services including assurance, consulting, small business solutions and tax compliance.

Fortner Smalley, co-founded by Charles W. Fortner, has provided accounting and business services in the Upper East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia region for more than 35 years.

FS clients are involved in many different industries including construction, healthcare, technology and oil and gas. FS specializes in assurance services, taxation, litigation support and business consulting.

“We are eager to unite with firms that share our same goals and values," said managing member Forooz G. Smalley. "This merger provides us with significant resources, expertise, tools and flexibility that we can use to address the ever-changing needs of our clients. Our region is experiencing tremendous economic growth and we wanted to ensure that we have the knowledge and tools to support that growth. We look forward to sharing resources and expertise throughout this organization.”

Rodefer Moss provides solutions for companies in many different industries, such as construction, real estate, manufacturing and distribution, government and not-for-profit, insurance, retail and many others. The firm is an active member in the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms with similar client service goals.

RM is also a member of the Construction Accounting Network, a nationwide alliance of accounting firms with considerable construction-related strength.