Best Places to Work 2021: HHM CPAs grows its mission through COVID-19 crisis

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / From left, Will Clegg, Brittany Carman, Jon Paul Davis and Beverly Edge at HHM in Chattanooga on Friday, April 2, 2021.

A lot had to change in a hurry in the early days of the pandemic, but Jon Paul Davis, a partner at HHM CPAs, says change is nothing new for the 40-year-old Chattanooga accounting and financial firm.

"Anyone can ask any question, and our answer to our clients is always, yes, we will find the way," he says. "We have the same mentality with our own staff. We didn't have to reinvent ourselves to do this. It was in our DNA."

Chief Operating Officer Beverly Edge had joined the firm in January 2020, and a few months later found herself at Sam's Club buying every printer they had so employees could all go home to work.

"It literally was day-by-day," she says. "We made decisions as things progressed."

That agility put the firm in a good position to help its clients weather the pandemic, and to become a resource for the complex financial legislation that began rolling out within days.