Pugh CPAs

Our Team

Pugh CPAs is comprised of over 80 team members that work towards the fulfillment of our firm-wide mission: to enhance the well-being of our employees and the clients we serve.

Our staff is a diverse group of people with various backgrounds, interests, and professional specialties to match each unique client. We choose to focus locally because we take great pride in serving the people in our community.

Our devotion to service not only fosters professional excellence, but also encourages personal growth in each staff member.


Firm Administration Team

Kristin M. Garrett | Director of Firm Administration

Kristin M. Garrett, CPA, serves as the Firm Administrator for Pugh CPAs. Her accounting experience includes working in our Audit, Accounting & Advisory Services Department and the Tax Department before transitioning to this position in 2007.

Some of her responsibilities includes:

  • Oversight of the firm’s internal accounting and support staff
  • Preparation of the firm’s financial statements and tax returns
  • Participation on the firm’s Information Technology Committee
  • Participation on the firm’s Executive Committee

Kristin is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA).

Kristin graduated with high honors from the University of Tennesee, Knoxville in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting.

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 Crystal Lawson | Director of Human Resources

Crystal Lawson is the Director of Human Resources for Pugh CPAs. She joined the firm in 2013 after serving as VP of Human Resources in the banking and government contracting industries.  As Pugh’s HR Director,  Crystal  is helping to accelerate Pugh’s transformation through leadership, differentiated talent models, attracting and developing the best talent and building a culture of engagement and agility. Crystal has demonstrated results-oriented performance delivered with enthusiasm, integrity, and passion. Skilled in partnering with business leaders in strategic planning, employee relations, staffing/recruiting, succession planning, performance management, organizational development, total compensation, benefits, health and safety, training, change management as well as payroll.

Some of Crystal’s responsibilities include:

  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Training and Development
  • Performance Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Health and Safety
  • Team Building and Employee Events

Crystal graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Human Resource Development.  She is also a 2012 graduate of Leadership Oak Ridge.  She is an active member of the South Knoxville/Seymour communities and is a member of several HR associations.

 

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 Christi Fightmaster|Director of Marketing

Christi Fightmaster is the Director of Marketing for Pugh CPAs. She joined the firm in August of 2014 after 10 years of serving as Marketing and Public Relations for MEDIC Regional Blood Center.  Prior to joining MEDIC, Fightmaster served as VP of Marketing for Asbury, Inc., a group of continuing care retirement communities with several campuses throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Some of Christi’s responsibilities include:

  • Implementing marketing strategies for the firm’s overall exposure.
  • Managing firm’s marketing budget, along with community sponsorships
  • Managing marketing efforts for specialty niches in the following areas:  Employee Benefit Plans, Government Contracting, Small Business & Business Valuation.
  • Planning and executing firm events:  networking mixers, seminars, in-service training, lunch and learns, etc.
  • Client newsletters
  • Represent firm at various community events as well as professional development groups or trade shows.
  • Responsible for overall branding
  • Community relations and sponsorships

Christi graduated from Maryville College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.   She is also a 2005 graduate of Leadership Blount, a 2012 graduate of East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association and 2015 graduate of Leadership Oak Ridge.

She is an active member in her Blount County community serving on numerous boards and advisory councils.


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