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Accounting is a serious business with serious responsibilities.  With more than 60 years of combined experience, we possess the credentials, knowledge and technical expertise with the highest quality standards to meet the stringent requirements of our profession.  This has earned us a stellar reputation among our peers, clients and community.  

Accounting is a relationship business.  We spend a considerable amount of time with our clients, understanding their families, their business and the issues they face.  For this reason, we place a strong emphasis not only on what we do but also on how we do it.  Working with Plush Smith P.A. you will experience professional services delivered in an approachable and accessible manner.

Just as every client has unique needs, our professionals and staff have unique qualifications and experience.  We strive to deliver a service-efficient, cost-effective solution to our clients' needs.  We invite you to meet the exceptional individuals that comprise our organization by reading about their experiences, accomplishments and interests.


Carla Plush Smith

CPA/PFS, CFP, CLU, ChFC


Carla Plush Smith is a native of Sarasota and has 25+ years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant. She has also worked in other financial advisory and insurance capacities, providing her a perspective that many C.P.A.'s and C.F.P.'s don't have. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of South Florida. Carla focuses on providing tax services to individuals, fiduciaries and business owners. Tax services include federal and state tax return compliance, income, estate and gift tax planning and tax controversies. Carla emphasizes tax planning, believing that identifying and communicating tax savings strategies is one of her most important services. In addition to being a C.P. A., Carla holds designations as a financial planner (both Certified Financial Planner and Personal Financial Specialist) In the past she also held designations as a C.L.U. and ChFC.

An extremely active and involved member of the Sarasota Community, Carla has served many local not-for-profit organizations as an officer or director. She has recently served as Commodore and Chairman, respectively of the Field Club and Plymouth Harbor. Carla enjoys reading, boating, diving, swimming and time with her goldendoodle Cooper. She has previously held licenses as a pilot, a vessel captain (up to 100 tons) and as an advanced scuba diver.

carlasmith@plushsmith.com


Pete Smith

CPA


Pete Smith received a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from St. John’s University (N.Y.), after a stint in Vietnam with the Army.  He has spent 30+ years in public accounting, 14 of them with Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche in New York, Tampa and Sarasota.  Rather than relocate out of the area he chose to co-found an accounting firm in Sarasota.  After that Firm grew to be one of the largest in the area he and a friend bought a group of boat dealerships and marinas on Florida’s West Coast. Pete served as the Company's CEO.

With a series of systematic changes, their business grew 60% in just a few short years. The partners sold the business to MarineMax (NYSE), their biggest competitor, after which MarineMax appointed Pete as its Director of Development for the following 7 years during which he had responsibility for mergers, acquisitions, real estate acquisitions, and new and/or renovation construction activities for the company’s 90+ sites. Pete uses his experience to provide conventional CPA business services as well as to provide provide temporary CFO or general managerial assistance. Managerial assistance ranges from occasional consultations to officer surrogacy.

petesmith@plushsmith.com


Michelle Stout

Client Service Administrator

Plush Smith PA

Michelle M. Stout is originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, where she is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Economics (B.A.) and a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a Master's degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.).

Michelle moved to Sarasota seven years ago with her two children who attend Riverview High School and Florida Gulf Coast University.  Her hobbies include cooking, swimming, exercising and volunteering.  She is an active member of the Sarasota chapter of Delta Gamma alumnae. 

michellestout@plushsmith.com

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Marcia Savage

Certified Public Accountant

Marcia completed her bachelor's degree at The University of South Florida while working as the Firm bookeeper for Touche Ross & Co. ( now known as Deloitte).  Shortly thereafter she qualified for and obtained her Florida license as a C.P.A. and has worked as a practitioner or a corporate officer for more than the last 20 years. She has extensive experience in accounting and taxation for all types of  corporate activities including mergers and acquisitions.

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Nancy Ryan

Bookeeper

Nancy has over 10 years of experience maintaining the general ledgers for multiple clients while working with C.P.A. and law firms.  There are many people who have learned how to be a Quick Books technician without really having a working knowledge of bookeeping.  Nancy has both and brings those two skill sets to bear with our business clients.  She helps us provide a full compliment of bookeeping services ranging from assistance with monthly closings to maintenance of a full set of corporate books, including bill paying and payroll.

nancyryan@plushsmith.com

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Jeanne M Alexander

Tax Preparer

Jeanne, originally from Illinois, is a graduate of University of Maryland with a JD and Northern Illinois University with a BA in Russian. She practiced as an attorney for many years where she litigated and negotiated federal and state tax controversies; managed substantial estates and ensured trustee's tax compliance before she more recently moved into the tax preparation area. Jeanne brings a myriad of skills to assist us in providing our clients with their tax preparation and compliance needs.

jalexander@plushsmith.com

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