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When Donnie Hutcherson helped form HHM in 1981, he became one of the youngest CPAs in the region to make partner. Today, he oversees the firm’s day-to-day operations as managing partner. In addition, Donnie works with businesses and individuals alike, mainly focusing on taxation and early or late mergers and acquisitions. Above all, his first priority is meeting each client’s needs.
“The clients know if they need me, we’re going to talk,” he says. “I’m always striving to create that ‘wow’ factor.”
Early in his career Donnie played a crucial role in building the HHM dealership niche. He built it from just a few local dealers to the specialized practice that it is today – HHM provides accounting services to over 200 auto dealers around the country. The depth of HHM’s current dealership expertise is an example of how Donnie thinks. He loves to build things that last.
Another of his areas of expertise that is available to his clients is management advisory services. Often, a client will encounter a situation that is outside their area of expertise. And chances are that Donnie has faced it and is able to advise on the appropriate course of action. He skillfully helps clients to make their way through critical transitions. In doing so, he adds value to the accountant/client relationship.
Donnie has also specialized in helping to bring mergers and acquisitions about through his skill and experience. Mergers and acquisitions can be difficult to navigate. His clients’ success in that area is an example of his ability. To date, he has helped to orchestrate more than 100 sales, acquisitions, and/or mergers for a variety of industries, including manufacturing and distribution.
“I enjoy the challenge of it,” he says. “An acquisition is a challenging – yet special – event in the life of a company that I like to participate in.”
This approach is also reflected in his personal life, whether he is tackling a hill on his road bike, serving on the board of a nonprofit, or restoring his 1920 Missionary Ridge home with his wife. Donnie was also instrumental in the Freight Depot restoration in 2005.