The Summit Companies is a family of individual companies dedicated to providing affordable and relevant strategic guidance and solutions to businesses and not-for-profit organizations. The structure of Summit is unique and has been tailored to be the needs of organizations in our market. Each individual company within the Summit family focuses on a unique area of business strategy, allowing that company and its team to provide focused consulting and solutions where needed. Each company is further staffed by consultants and support staff with relevant business experience, training, and education in that field. In addition, the companies are further structured to be able to efficiently deliver comprehensive integrated solutions for clients who can benefit from guidance and support in more than one facet of business operations.
Summit Accounting Consultants is a unique consulting firm dedicated to providing the proactive accounting and tax solutions that businesses and not-for-profit organizations to need to succeed in today’s marketplace. Accounting is about far more than just providing standard financial statements. At its core, accounting is about organizing and communicating data in such a way to allow stakeholders to truly understand the performance of the organization and make informed decisions in every facet of the operations. Summit is dedicated to providing the focused guidance and solutions necessary to make that possible for your business.
The consulting team of Summit Accounting Consultants has broad experience in a wide range of business disciplines, allowing each of our members to provide solutions that will support all of the needs of your organization. In addition, our team members understand the importance of consistent communication and are committed to working with our clients to ensure that their financial reporting is not only compliant but also informative and understandable.
Summit can provide your organization with a wide range of accounting and finance solutions. Whether your business or not-for-profit needs assistance in one specific area or is looking for a comprehensive bookkeeping, tax, and payroll program, we would love the opportunity to put together a customize proposal to meet your needs. We believe that you will find our solutions to be affordable and a great investment in the future of your company. We invite you to contact us today to see how we might be able to assist your organization.
Anita Fields works as a Staff Accountant for Summit and brings several years of Cost and General Accounting experience to the company.Anita has a B.A. of Economics and Business Administration from King College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a concentration in Accounting. Prior to joining Summit, Anita spent 8 years as an Accountant for local manufacturers, including 5 years as the Cost Accounting Manager at Bristol Compressors International, Inc where she supervised both the Cost Accounting and Accounts Payable functions. This background has given Anita the ability to provide extensive assistance to clients with their financial statement preparation and account reconciliations.
She also is the volunteer Administrator of the 501(c)3 Haitian Support Alliance and travels with her husband, Eric, annually to visit the orphanages and schools supported by the organization. Anita is a member of Grace Bible Church in Kingsport, TN and also helps with the Faith Community Fellowship Joy Club, a local ministry that works with children and youth of the Bristol area.
Eric brings many years of experience working with businesses and not-for-profit organizations to Summit. After working in cost accounting for a manufacturing company throughout college, Eric began his career after graduation in commercial risk management. In 2005, Eric became a Certified Public Accountant and soon after founded the Summit Companies. In addition to working with a wide range of clients at Summit, from start-up companies to municipalities and large corporations, Eric also joined in the faculty of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors in 2008. Since then, Eric has lectured to over a thousand agency managers and risk management professionals across the country. Eric’s professional focus is on assisting organizations with designing and implementing strategic plans both at the organizational and divisional levels.
Eric has a B.A. in Business and Economics from King College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with concentrations in Accounting, Economics and Finance, and International Business and earned his Master’s Degree with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. In addition to being a licensed Certified Public Accountant, Eric has also received his Charter Global Management Accountant, Senior Professional of Human Resources, Certified Risk Manager, Certified Insurance Counselor, Contractor’s Risk and Insurance Specialist, Chartered Work Comp Executive, Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding, Accredited Advisor in Insurance, and Certified Quickbooks Advisor designations.
Eric lives in Bristol with his wife Anita. Locally, Eric has served on the Boards of the Bristol Family YMCA, Bristol United Way, Healing Hands Health Center, and Bristol Rotary club, is a past president of the State of Franklin Track Club, the Bristol Rotary Club and is Executive Director of the Haitian Support Alliance. He also sits on the President’s Roundtable and the Alumni Council at King College.
Curt is a seasoned business executive with seven years general management experience and over 20 years in domestic and international marketing and sales. In 2000, Curt was chosen to lead the turnaround of a local manufacturing company with struggling product lines. Over the next six years, Curt and his team increased revenues from $9.3 to $16.2 million, improved both profit margins and cashflow significantly, and increased both productivity and product quality. Curt’s leadership resulted in improved employee morale and a significant reduction in personnel turnover.
Curt and his wife, Linda, have been married for 37 years. They have three adult children; Scott, Mark, and Lauren. Living in Greeneville, Tennessee, Curt has been Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America, Board Member of Hands on Museum, Board Member of Kiwanis, President of the board for The Capitol Theatre of Greeneville, and a Deacon at his local church.
A graduate of Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a Master of Science in Business Administration and Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Curt is passionate about helping local business leaders improve their business results, generate more jobs for the community, and regain balance in their lives.
After 30 years of increasing contributions in publicly held businesses, Curt decided to form his own company to share his experience and knowledge with other private business leaders in the community. In May of 2007, he was awarded an ActionCOACH Business Coaching Franchise where his focus is to help like-minded business owners build their businesses, increase their contribution to the community, and achieve their full business and personal potential. In June of 2012 Curt became part of the Summit Companies joining a team of executive consultants helping businesses in a variety of fields.
Scott comes to The Summit Companies after a long career in the restaurant and hospitality industry, where he served in various operational and supervisory management positions. His leadership and skills propelled his unit to a company “Restaurant of the Year” designation along with “General Manager of the Year” in 2009. After receiving his B.S. in Business Administration from Kaplan University, he obtained a MBA from King College with a dual concentration in Human Resources Management and Finance. He obtained his Professional in Human Resources designation (PHR) in 2014, and recently acquired certification in Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS), a state-mandated course in responsible alcohol service for restaurant staff.
Originally from southeast Tennessee, Scott now resides in Bristol with his wife, Melissa. His family includes three sons and a grandson. They are members of Fellowship Chapel in Bristol, VA, where Scott and Melissa’s service to God includes the men’s prayer breakfast ministries, teaching Sunday school, and choir.
Scott feels that one of the most over-looked areas of opportunity in small business is the restaurant operator/owner, who could benefit from operational and personal growth consulting with a relentless focus on team-building and staffing-for-success.
Michelle Brashears, CPA, CFE, MBA
A Kingsport native, Michelle brings nearly 20 years of experience to Summit. She began her career at a Big Four accounting firm as an auditor serving companies in many different industries, including healthcare, not-for-profit, education, government, trucking, manufacturing, retail, and others. Michelle continued her career as the Financial Reporting Manager and Audit Coordinator of a publicly traded company in Kingsport where she was responsible for quarterly and annual Securities and Exchange Commission reports and all aspects of Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) compliance. Michelle is a liaison between companies and external auditors, helping companies prepare for audits and understand audit requests, resulting in efficient audit procedures. She has extensive experience applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles to many different business transactions, including such issues as revenue recognition, corporate restructurings, leases, related party transactions, debt, acquisitions, and more. Michelle has performed various internal audits and written many policies and procedures that are strong in internal controls. She has served on accounting system implementation teams, helping to create charts of accounts, converting data to the new systems, establishing procedures, and performing system testing. Michelle has thoroughly documented accounting system implementations and related internal controls to satisfy audit requirements. She has worked on initial public offerings from both the auditor’s and the company’s perspectives. Michelle has created complex spreadsheets for various financial purposes, including multi-level consolidation, income tax provisions, lease analysis, and much more.
Michelle earned a B.S. in Accounting from Tennessee Technological University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, In Cursu Honorum, and an MBA from Wake Forest University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.