Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs names Chief Information Officer
Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs created a chief information officer position and deemed award-winning executive, Alan Watson, as CIO. In today’s rapidly changing digital world, this leadership position was implemented to further guide ATA into the technology realm to achieve the goals of our firm and better our clients.
When asked about his new role at ATA, Watson said, “I’m excited to be at ATA and bring a strategic technology vision to the firm. My previous experiences across multiple industries have helped prepare me for such an amazing opportunity.”
Watson has an extensive background in technology and leadership. Previously, he was Principal Consultant at Digital Simplicity, former Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy & Education, and was named aCitrix Innovation Award Winner. Watson’s excellence in collaborating, networking, and virtualization led him to create customized learning resources in a secure, regulatory compliant environment; this innovative work was awarded by Citrix.
“As ATA continues to grow and evolve, we saw a need to position ourselves as an innovative accounting firm that uses technology to create a strategic advantage for our firm and our clients,” said, John Whybrew, managing partner of ATA, “We welcome Alan to the ATA team and know that he will be an essential part to our future.”
Watson received a master of business administration from Howard University. He’s an alum of Austin Peay State University with a bachelor of science degree in information technology. His technical skills include being a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.
ATA is a long-term business advisor to its clients and provides other services that are not traditionally associated with accounting. For example, Revolution Partners, ATA’s wealth management entity, provides financial planning expertise; ATA Technologies provides trustworthy IT solutions; Sodium Halogen focuses on growth through the design and development of marketing and digital products; Adelsberger Marketing offers video, social media, and digital content for small businesses; and Center Point Business Solutions is a comprehensive human resource management agency.
ATA has 14 office locations in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi. Recognized as an IPA Top 200 regional accounting firm, it provides a wide array of accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services for clients ranging from small family-owned businesses to publicly traded companies and international corporations. The firm was recognized by Forbes in 2020 as a top recommended tax firm in the country. ATA is also an alliance member of BDO USA LLP, a top-five global accounting firm. This alliance provides the highest level of resources and expertise for ATA’s clients.