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Weekend edition August 25, 2023 | Shannon Smith

PYA earns “Top Workplace” designation for fifth time

The company behind joins 63 other Knoxville companies recognized on the Knoxville News Sentinel's 2023 Top Workplaces list for their outstanding company culture.

For the fifth time, PYA, the power behind, has earned the designation of “Top Workplace” by Knox News. PYA is the highest-ranked accounting and professional services firm in the midsize category.

The Knox News Top Workplaces designations recognize companies in East Tennessee that create an outstanding workplace culture for employees. The award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through an anonymous, voluntary third-party survey that measures several aspects of the workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection.

PYA has been named an honoree every year the company has participated in the program, reflecting employees’ positive perceptions of the firm’s relationship-focused culture.

“This year marks the 40th anniversary of PYA’s founding in Knoxville, so the designation as a 2023 Top Workplace is even more rewarding as we celebrate our enduring culture,” said PYA President and Chief Executive Officer Marty Brown. “Each year, our employees in Knoxville and our six other offices across the country are building on our tenet of helpfulness to our clients and each other. Our employees embody the culture of Serving to Solve, so the Knox News Top Workplaces designation—an honor made possible only through employees authentically sharing their passion for the culture of their workplace—is particularly humbling.”

“We are grateful for all our team members and our owners. Together, we are committed to the idea that our unique and special culture sets us apart, and is the foundation upon which we serve each other, our clients, and our communities,” said David McMillan, PYA Principal and Chief Financial Officer. “We are passionate about our service to clients and each other every day, and we’re honored to again receive an award that reflects that passion.”

In addition to the Knox News Top Workplaces honor, PYA is consistently recognized in other esteemed rankings and recognitions. In 2023, the firm was ranked in the Top 25 of healthcare management consulting firms nationwide for the 17th year by Modern Healthcare and inducted into The University of Kansas Health System Hall of Fame as a Partner in Excellence, the highest honor given by the health system. The firm again was named one of America’s Best Tax and Accounting Firms in the Forbes annual list. It also is ranked by INSIDE Public Accounting as one of the Top 100 largest accounting firms in the U.S., one of only two firms headquartered in East Tennessee, and by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 CPA firms in the nation. In the Accounting Today ranking, PYA is ranked second in the Leaders in Consulting category among firms with revenue of $100 million or less, reflecting the firm’s strength in consulting/business advisory services.

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