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Please Welcome Justin Matthews

Axley & Rode, LLP is pleased to announce the admission of Justin Matthews as the firm’s newest partner effective January 1, 2016. Justin is originally from Jasper, Texas and graduated from Jasper High School. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accountancy Degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University. Justin began employment with the firm as an intern in September, 2006 and became a full-time associate in September, 2009.

Axley & Rode, LLP, established in 1949, is a firm of approximately eighty people including partners, professionals and administrative personnel dedicated to providing the most effective client service. The firm has office locations in Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Livingston and Jasper, Texas.

Along with his responsibilities at Axley & Rode, LLP Justin participates in the Lufkin Young Professionals Network sponsored by the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce and resides in Hudson with his wife Laurel. In their free time they enjoy travel, bowling and supporting the Friends of Ellen Trout Zoo.

 

New CPA celebrates!

Craig Corley recently passed the CPA exam and celebrated with co-workers while enjoying cake at the Lufkin office. Congratulations!

 

A&R Attends Satewide Timber Tax Conference

On February 16, 2016 Garvey Jackson CPA,  a partner in our Livingston office spoke on tax preparation techniques  at the Statewide Timber Tax Conference in Diboll Texas hosted by Texas A&M Forest Service.  Also in attendance from our firm as Matt Broyles CPA, Miranda Hammond, Kim Smith CPA, Wayne Corley CPA and Erin Shofner , CPA.  Approximately 150 people attended from throughout the State of Texas and Louisiana.

 

 

Mardi Gras Bowl for Success

Axley & Rode was a sponsor of the Mardi Gras Bowl for Success from Junior Achievement (Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon) in Februrary.

 

The One Firm Concept

Axley & Rode, LLP has firm wide meeting with the theme "The One Firm Concept".

 
 

Quickbooks Seminar in Polk County

Axley & Rode, LLP Tax Manager, Matt Broyles presented a Quickbooks Seminar for Polk County Chamber of Commerce members.

 

Voted Best Accountant in Nacogdoches

Congratulations to Axley & Rode, LLP partner Lee Smith for being voted one of the Best Accountants in Nacogdoches.

 

Welcome Polly Etta Sunda

Polly Etta Sunda (Partner) and Justin Matthews (Audit Manager) will be participating in a three year Emerging Leaders Academy beginning in June, 2015.  The Emerging Leaders Academy hosted by Upstream Academy, provides leadership development for future firm leaders.

Polly Etta SundaPolly Etta Sunda, tax partner in the Nacogdoches office, is co-chair of logistics once again for the Texas Blueberry Festival. Grace Handler, left, is the chairperson of this year’s festival. Handler presented a program to the Fredonia Rotary Club. Sunda serves on the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and Fredonia Rotary boards.

 

Polly Etta Sunda, tax partner in the Nacogdoches office, recently joined the Fredonia Rotary Club. Club president Wes Jensen conducted the induction ceremony.

Congratulations to Axley & Rode, LLP partner, Robert Lindsey for being voted one of the Best Accountants in Lufkin.

Firm Partners, Garvey Jackson, Gary Ford and Dave Stewart recently participated in the 2015 First Bank & Trust East Texas Open Golf Tournament, Benefiting the Lufkin ISD Education Foundation

 

Team Member Updates

Lufkin Office

The firm announced the following promotions in January, 2016

The following new personnel have been recently added to the team:

Emmanuel Salinas-Audit Associate-Graduate of Texas A & M University-Began with the firm August, 2015.
William Goodpasture-Audit Associate-Graduate of Texas A & M University-Began with the firm August, 2015
Carla Munoz-Tax Associate-Graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University-Began with the firm January 4, 2016
John Lockhart-Audit Associate-Graduate of Lamar University-Began with the firm January 4, 2016

Nacogdoches

The following new associates have been recently added to the team:

Kasey Evans-Tax Associate-Graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University-Began with the firm July, 2015
Kendall Lehart-Tax Associate-Graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University-Began with the firm August, 2015
Victor Flores-Tax Intern-Attending Stephen F. Austin State University-Began with the firm January, 2016

Livingston

The following new associates have been recently added to the team:

Pedro Chavarria Tovar-Tax Associate-Graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University-Began with the firm October, 2015
Jennifer Babcock-Tax Intern-Attending Sam Houston State University-Began with the firm July, 2015

Jasper

The following new associate has been recently added to the team:

Erin Shofner, CPA-Tax Associate-Graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University (2000)-Began with the firm January, 2016. Erin has numerous years of experience in the financial services industry prior to joining Axley & Rode, LLP.