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Why Padgett?

What makes Padgett different? We’re not your grandfather’s accountant. Remember that guy you talked to once a year at tax time and then stuck you with a huge bill? Well, that’s not us.  We walk with our clients in a partnership as a business management consultant and tax preparation service.  We meet with you monthly throughout the year to both prepare and  review financial statements and implement changes to impact your business for a positive economic outcome. Think of us as a coach who helps make your team more efficient and more profitable.  Also, if coaching isn’t your thing, well that’s fine too.  From tax preparation to business management consultation, Padgett can serve your needs and help you secure your business strategy financially.


By blending your specific business knowledge with our financial expertise, you’ll be better equipped to make the changes that will positively impact your bottom line. How? By meeting with you face-to-face regularly, Ken is able to assess your unique business needs and help you reach your goals as a financial consultant. Think of Ken as your Chief Financial Officer without the enormous salary.  As your business accountant, he is genuinely interested in your success as a business owner.  If you succeed, we all succeed.


Ken Mallette isn’t your typical CPA.  What sets Ken apart isn’t his 13+ years of both public and private accounting experience.  It isn’t the fact that he’s been the Controller or CFO of companies ranging in size from $20M to $75M in annual revenues.  Nor the fact that he’s audited both for-profit and not-for-profit entities, and prepared countless tax returns for both businesses and individuals.  What does set him apart from other CPAs is that he’s an educator and a motivator.  His business expertise and accounting experience make him an ideal candidate to partner with your team, but his ability to understand your business and work with you to grow that business make him invaluable.

Meet Our Staff

julieJulie Mallette, Partner
With over 20 years of management and marketing experience, Julie brings an organizational expertise to our clients that helps prepare them for the day to day challenges of running a business. Her knowledge and understanding of practical business applications are a valuable resource to new and existing businesses alike. From streamlining processes to assisting with policy development and implementation, her skills provide an added benefit to our clients.

tylerTyler Rippy, Staff Accountant
Graduating with a business degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee in May of 2016, Tyler Rippy is a welcome addition to the Padgett Business Services family. Her coursework and experience in a variety of markets and industries as well as her personal attention to detail and communication skills have set her up for a very successful future with our company. Like all our staff, Tyler is customer focused. Tyler’s outgoing personality and desire to continue to learn set her apart from the typical “bean counter”. Tyler is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Accounting at UTC as part of her plan to obtain her Certified Public Accountant status.

John E. “Jay” Johnson, III, C.P.A, C.G.M.A
Jay is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and has over 25 years of accounting experience working with companies ranging in size from $10M to $300M in annual revenues as a either Chief Financial Officer or Vice President of Finance. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Global Management Accountant.

annabelleAnnabelle Huffman, Administrative Assistant
Annabelle has been a part of the Padgett Business Services family for several years, providing excellent customer service and assisting office staff while pursuing her degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Financial Reporting

Leave your financial reporting to us. We’ll make sure it’s organized and government compliant. We input your records into our system, which allows us to analyze and advise you on any small business issue. You’ll receive complete information monthly, so it’s available whenever you need it. Not only will you receive complete information monthly (so it's available whenever you need it), you'll meet face-to-face with your CPA to review those records and help you achieve your business goals.

Tax Consultation/Preparation

We specialize in all the taxes that affect you personally and your small business: income tax, payroll tax, sales tax…any tax. Our thorough understanding of small business issues means your taxes will always be prepared accurately. We take a proactive approach to tax preparation by working with you throughout the year so you're able to make the most of your money.


Business Advice

We’re always here to answer questions and offer sound advice that gives you the competitive edge. We provide in-depth analysis that factors in present status as well as future goals, so you can make fully informed business decisions. We treat our clients as 'partners'. By meeting with our partners on a monthly basis, we are able to provide the timely information needed to improve both performance and profitability throughout the year.

Payroll Services

Whether you write your own payroll checks, prepare payroll on your own computer or outsource your payroll needs, we have the right solution for you. With Padgett Business Services, we have a solution that lets you do payroll your way…and it is easy, affordable and less time consuming! Our payroll services are powered by a nationally recognized partner, designed for small businesses with one or more employees, and simplified to save you time.


Internal Revenue Service

  • Contains downloadable forms and instructions, online services, new tax laws and updates.

IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center

  • Small business forms and publications, Employer ID Numbers (EINs), Employment Taxes and more.
  • Franchise Tax Board
  • Personal and Business Income Taxes.
  • Business Entities, Business Search, Forms and Fees.


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Contact Info

(423) 664-8929


4710 Hixson Pike | Suite 102 | Hixson, TN 37343