Dyersburg, TN Henderson, KY Henderson, TN Jackson, TN Martin, TN Memphis, TN Milan, TN Murray, KY Nashville, TN News Owensboro, KY Paris, TN Trenton, TN Tupelo, MS Union City, TN

Badgett Payne and Warren CPAs Merges with ATA : ATA welcomes BPW Staff and Clients


The November 1, 2011 merger of Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs and Badgett Payne & Warren CPAs brings two firms with a common history back together.
This merger brings the legacies of Grady Arnold and Tom Badgett full-circle. In the 1950s, Grady Arnold and Tom Badgett were partners in Arnold & Badgett CPAs. In 1976, the professionals decided to go different directions. Mr. Arnold’s firm became known as Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs, and Mr. Badgett’s firm became known as Badgett Payne & Warren CPAs. Effective November 1, 2011, the two firms have decided to join forces again after 35 years apart.
The Badgett Payne & Warren staff moved into ATA’s office at 227 Oil Well Rd., Jackson on November 1. Barbara Badgett, Houston Payne, and Tommy Joe Warren will be principals with ATA. They and their staff will continue to care for their clients with the same level of professionalism and integrity. Now, they will have the resources of the seventh (7th) largest firm in Tennessee at their disposal as well.
“I started working for this firm when it was Arnold & Badgett,” said Winston Truett, Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs’ senior partner in Jackson. “It is very exciting for us to be under the same roof again — sharing our rich heritage of personalized service and accounting expertise. This will definitely open the door for continued growth and prosperity for the firm.”
“When you spend your life building a business based on your name, you want to maintain that integrity no matter what,” said Houston Payne, CPA. “We have worked with the folks at ATA on various levels throughout the years and have been consistently impressed with their local focus and high standards of service. Our staff and our clients can rest assured that they will see many positive things from this merger and will continue to work with the same employees they know and trust.”
“Joining forces with ATA has been very exciting for Barbara, Houston and me, because we’re seeing how our clients will benefit from this partnership for years to come,” said Tommy Joe Warren, CPA. “Without a doubt, our clients and staff have been at the heart of this decision. We will still be working with our clients, but we’ll have so many more opportunities for growth as part of Alexander Thompson Arnold.”
Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs is one of the largest accounting and consulting firms in the Mid-South and was named the seventh largest accounting firm in the State of Tennessee by American City Business Journals in 2011. Founded in 1946, ATA offers a comprehensive array of tax, audit, accounting, consulting and wealth management services. With offices located in Dyersburg, Henderson, Jackson, Martin, McKenzie, Milan, Paris, Trenton and Union City, Tennessee and Murray, Kentucky, ATA has 16 partners and approximately 140 team members.