Mission Statement

At Brown Thornton Pacenta & Company, we understand what it takes for businesses to succeed because we have lived the experiences in our firm. As individuals, we understand the needs and desires of those who want to build a financially secure future.
To serve our clients we have selected the best in knowledgeable personnel to provide all of the important services for our business and individual clients. We respect our clients and work hard to contribute to their success.
We help people achieve their financial dreams and goals.

Firm History

Ever since its inception, our firm has tried to exceed our clients' expectations with solutions that are custom-tailored to their specific needs. As we've grown-and continue to grow-we remain committed to offering our clients a combination of state-of-the-art technology, a thorough understanding of the latest financial developments and unsurpassed financial know-how.

Client Satisfaction

Our reputation is built upon a foundation of satisfied clients. Our goal is your complete satisfaction, nothing less. Whether we're preparing financial statements, dealing with the IRS or providing any other financial assistance, we have your best interests in mind.

Firm Roster

Whit L. Brown, Certified Public Accountant
Whit L. Brown, shareholder, was recently named an honorary member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). In addition to being a CPA (the CPA licensure designation is regulated by the state of Florida), he is also a Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist. He has also earned the AICPA Certificate of Educational Achievement in Tax Planning and Advising for Closely Held Businesses. Mr. Brown is a graduate of Davidson College and holds a Master's Degree from the University of North Carolina.
Mr. Brown is a member of the Florida Institute of CPA's, and previously served as chairman of the Florida State University Accounting Conference, the Not-for-Profit Organizations Conference Committee, and performs peer reviews of other CPA firms' accounting and auditing practice on behalf of the FICPA.

Michael D. Thornton, Certified Public Accountant
Michael D. Thornton, shareholder, has over 23 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant consulting with small and medium-sized businesses. His practice area includes audit and accounting, taxation, financial planning, and litigation support. He often serves as an expert witness for attorneys on business valuation issues, domestic/divorce cases, and all types of commerical lawsuits. Michael is active in the community and his client base includes many not-for-profit clients.

Jan M. Pacenta, Certified Public Accountant
Jan M. Pacenta, shareholder, has 19 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant. She practices in the areas of audit, taxation, litigation support and providing solutions to small business owners. Jan serves many of the firmís contractor clients and also utilizes her talents serving our community in numerous civic and charitable organizations.

John R. Dunaway, Certified Public Accountant
John R. Dunaway, officer, has over 25 years experience as a Certified Public Accountant, after graduating with a degree in Accounting from the University of West Florida. As an officer of the firm, John helps direct the tax division. John provides services in the areas of tax preparation, tax planning, retirement planning, wealth building, and estate planning.

Michael F. Frick, Certified Public Accountant
Michael F. Frick, officer, has over 33 years experience as a Certified Public Accountant. Mike works closely with businesses and individuals assisting each one in the areas of tax, tax planning, estate planning, retirement planning, business development planning, and audits.