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Joel A. Smith

Joel A. Smith

Joel Smith joined Bennett Thrasher in June 2012 as the firm’s Controller. He is responsible for financial reporting and analysis; overseeing day-to-day accounting operations; accounting policies and procedures; budgeting and forecasting; banking; insurance; and regulatory compliance. Joel began his career as Controller of a commercial construction company. He then moved on to SunTrust Bank, where he was responsible for the accounting, analysis, and compliance of the bank’s non-operating real estate, which consisted of about $400 million in property. He left SunTrust to become a Fund Controller in Morgan Stanley’s real estate investing group, where he was responsible for the financial and investor reporting of a $3 billion real estate fund.




practice areas

  • Operations
  • industry experience


    • Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance), Kennesaw State University

    professional affiliations

    • American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
    • Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA)

    community involvement

    • Buckhead Baseball
    • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    • GA Center for Child Advocacy
    • The Westminster Schools