Super CPA Profile: Joseph D. Thornton

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Joseph D. Thornton
Mitchell, Wiggins & Co. LLP, Richmond

Title: Manager
Birthplace: Roanoke
Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics and Bible and religion (double major); Hampden-Sydney College; certificate in accounting, Virginia Commonwealth University 
Wife: Linda Fisher Thornton    
Children: Matthew, 21; Jason, 11; and Rachel, 9 
Pets: Currently two guinea pigs
Favorite vacation spot: Saint Martin, the Caribbean island
Fan of: “Hampden-Sydney sports, Virginia Tech football and my children’s activities”
Recently read book: “Buy-Sell Agreements” by Z. Christopher Mercer
First accounting job: Staff accountant with Charles M. Terry & Co.
Career mentor: “I have been blessed with many great mentors over the years, including my wife, Robert Ross and Charlie Terry.”

What has been your most memorable business valuation/litigation case?
“I valued 11 different business entities for one client who owned varying amounts in the various entities.  It was so complex that I found it helpful to create a large diagram on poster board in order to track the various ownership interests.  It was an interesting case because of the diversity of the business entities, which included operating companies, real estate partnerships, real estate fractional interests, family limited partnerships and an investment partnership.”

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