BAYLIS & COMPANY PA

BAYLIS & COMPANY PA

Providing Services in a Big Way

BY LAVERNE STEVENS

Baylis & Company PA shareholders are unique in that they consist of local talent with degrees from Florida schools, and reach out to the local community with their services and volunteer time. Baylis & Company PA is a 100% womanowned business comprised of eighteen talented individuals.

Edie Yates, CPA, CFP™, is the Managing Partner for this company. She also gives back to the community where she grew up by serving her second term as Commissioner for the City of Lakeland. She was raised in Lakeland, attended Lakeland High School where she became the first female President of Student Council. Yates graduated from Florida Southern College where she was named Most Outstanding Accounting Major. After gaining experience working for an international CPA firm and Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Yates joined a local firm, and eventually founded her own practice in 1980. Since 1980, she has directed all aspects of her Firm’s Audit and Assurance Practice and works extensively with her clients in estate and trust matters, tax planning and management advisory services.

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Shareholder Tracy Kimbrough, CPA, grew up in the Lakeland area. She holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Florida Southern College, and a B.S Degree in Management from the University of South Florida. She began her career with Baylis & Company PA in 1988 and was named Shareholder in 2005. Kimbrough uses her expertise in long-term planning, overall operations and daily administration. She manages and ensures the efficient completion of all of the Firm’s Audit and Assurance Services. Kimbrough also provides oversight for the Tax Service department.

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Tami Burroughs, CPA, MA is also a Shareholder. She holds an advanced degree in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Florida, with High Honors; and she has practiced public accounting since 1992. She uses her international firm experience in taxation, estate and trust matters to direct the Firm’s efforts in these areas. She is responsible for planning, supervision, and review of all aspects of tax compliance and consulting projects for a variety of clients.

Baylis and Company PA reaches out to the community offering their services to individuals, corporations, not for profit organizations, partnerships, small business, trusts and estates. They offer audits and reviews of financial statements, pension plan administration, small business services, tax preparation, and tax planning.

All three of the above Shareholders have represented Baylis & Company PA in extensive volunteer opportunities in the Lakeland area community on numerous occasions. Yates has served as Chair for United Way of Central Florida, and President for League of Women Voters of Polk County. Kimbrough is Treasurer of the Lakeland Rotary Club, and Director of Leadership Lakeland Alumni Association. Burroughs served on the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Diversity Board, and as past Treasurer for the Center for Children in Crisis.

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The firm presents interactive training on effective board service to young professionals who are members of Emerge Lakeland. The course was co-authored by Edie and her first husband, Steve Baylis. Steve Baylis passed away in 2010 after a battle with cancer. The Stephen W. Baylis Charitable Foundation was established to honor his memory and do good works in the greater Lakeland community. The Foundation provided funding and volunteer labor for the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home completed in August, 2012.

More information can be found at the Baylis & Company PA web site www.bayliscpas.com. Phone is (863)688-8841. Their offices overlook Lake Morton at 53 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland.

 

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