Renda Burkhart, 1976 alum of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration, has earned the 2012 Distinguished Accounting Alum Award from the college’s Department of Accounting and Information Management.
“Since the Department of Accounting and Information Management was first recognized in 1925, the department has had thousands of bright young men and women come through its program,” said Bruce Behn, head of UT’s Department of Accounting and Information Management. “Many, too numerous to mention, have gone on to become extraordinary leaders in the profession, industry, government, and education. While many have made contributions to the profession, Distinguished Accounting Alum recipients have demonstrated the highest level of professional and personal excellence throughout their careers and have built their companies and/or significantly improved the organizations and communities that they have been a part of.”
Previous recipients have included Jim Shelby (2009), Herbert Rhea (2007), Emerson Fly and Ed Boling (2004), and Bill Snodgrass (1998).
In 1982, Burkhart founded, and is president of, Burkhart & Company, P.C., a certified public accounting firm that offers financial, accounting, and tax consulting and compliance services to entrepreneurs and their businesses and to financially complex individuals and their families. In 1985, she co-founded Concorde Technologies, Inc., which provided integration of information system technologies and software solutions in specialized commercial environments; she was its president through 1996.
Prior to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Burkhart worked in the tax division of Arthur Andersen & Company, progressing to tax manager.
“Now that I am entering the next phase of my professional career, I am open to all the possibilities my life and work can hold,” said Burkhart. “My professional career has opened the doors to rich and enduring relationships with clients, colleagues, and community leaders.”
Burkhart is committed to the Knoxville community; she is vice chair of University Health Systems and a board director for the Cornerstone Foundation. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Executive Women’s Association, and Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. She has held numerous other offices and chair positions in the East Tennessee Foundation, United Way of Knoxville, the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few.
Burkhart maintains an avid interest in leadership development. After participating in the inaugural class of Leadership Knoxville in 1985, Burkhart joined with others to form a leadership forum for under-40 rising leaders known as Nucleus Knoxville. She enjoys hosting discussion groups in her home that are centered on books, interesting issues, or just good fellowship.
Throughout her career, Burkhart has remained active with the University of Tennessee. She has served on the Development Council, the Accounting Roundtable, and has chaired the Chancellor’s Associates, which acts as a bridge builder between “the town and the gown.” From her office in the Riverview Tower in downtown Knoxville, Burkhart enjoys a visual reminder each day of the importance the university has played in her formation and success. The view from her suite overlooks UT’s main campus with the tower of Ayers Hall falling directly in the line of vision as you enter her firm’s front door. Today, Burkhart’s UT connection remains firm and ranges from sports fan to recruiter to loyal alumnus.