Jackson Thornton names new President & CEO

Jackson Thornton, a certified public accounting and consulting firm headquartered in Montgomery, AL, is pleased to announce the election of John S. Fendley as the firm’s President & CEO, effective January 1, 2021. Fendley will succeed Ned F. Sheffield, who has held the position since 2009.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed leading the firm these last 12 years,” said Sheffield. There have been great days and some challenging days and it has been my privilege to lead our firm through both. John will do a great job and I’m excited about where he will take Jackson Thornton.”

Fendley has more than 30 years of experience providing accounting and tax services to both individuals and business clients. He has lead the firm’s Prattville office since 1997. Fendley is a member of the Prattville Kiwanis Club, the Prattville Chamber of Commerce and is an alumnus of Leadership Autauga County. One of his passions is youth sports programs, having served on local YMCA boards for over 15 years and coached more than 100 youth soccer, basketball and baseball teams. Fendley is a graduate of Auburn University and holds professional membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.

“Jackson Thornton celebrated 100 years in 2019 and I look forward to leading the firm into our second century,” Fendley remarked. “I’m honored that my partners have selected me for this role. The firm’s legacy in the communities we serve is strong and I intend to honor that legacy in all we do.”

About Jackson Thornton

Founded in 1919, Jackson Thornton is a certified public accounting and consulting firm with more than 200 professionals and associates in six offices located in Alabama and Tennessee. In addition to accounting services, the firm offers wealth management, strategic planning, business consulting services, technology consulting, and specialized industry services. Learn more at jacksonthornton.com.