Seasoned professional brings more than 10 years of experience providing fraud investigation, forensic accounting and valuation consulting services
GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 19, 2018) – Elliott Davis, one of the largest accounting, tax and consulting services providers in the Southeast, announces that Misty Decker, CPA/ABV, CFF, CGMA, CFE, CLP, has been named a director of the firm’s Fraud, Valuation and Litigation Support group. She’ll be based in the Nashville, Tennessee, office of Elliott Davis, and will report to Mike Costello, leader of the firm’s Fraud and Forensic Services practice.
“Misty brings more than a decade of experience handling disputes and leading investigations that involve business valuations, lost profits, insolvency, contracts, fiduciary duties, risk management and white-collar crime,” says Costello. “She has advised clients with operations from local to global in scale, and has led cases heard in federal and state court venue. Misty also has extensive experience assisting with arbitrations, mediations and settlements.”
As a director with Elliott Davis’ Fraud, Valuation and Litigation group, Decker will assist clients and counsel with fraud investigations, forensic accounting and valuation consulting services. Specifically, she’ll help reconstruct accounting records, trace the flow of finances, and investigate the source and uses of funds. Decker will also perform fraud risk assessments and develop anti-fraud programs.
“With the business landscape constantly shifting and white-collar crime becoming increasingly sophisticated, the demand for forensic accounting and litigation consulting has never been greater,” says Decker, who has served clients in financial institutions, healthcare, construction, insurance, banking and manufacturing. “My goal is to use my knowledge and experience to help clients, attorneys and courts understand complex financial and accounting matters so they can make informed decisions that protect the rights, profits and business interests of all parties.”
In addition to these core functions, Decker will offer specialized consulting for intellectual property issues. She’ll conduct analyses involving lost sales, profits; diminished product or business value; reduced opportunity; unjust enrichment; accelerated market entry benefits; and reasonable royalties in patent, trademark and copyright infringement matters and trade secret misappropriation.
“In the age of innovation, there’s no greater business asset than a company’s intellectual property—and no greater organizational need than protection of that critical knowledge and information,” Decker says. “Whether they produce a product or service, we work with clients to implement and enforce safeguards that preserve their ideas. This, in turn, helps them maintain their competitive advantage and reap the full benefits of their inventions.”
Prior to joining Elliott Davis, Decker was a principal at Accounting, Economics & Appraisal Group (AEA Group), a financial advisory and consulting firm. She served as the market managing partner of the Nashville office and was co-leader of the Intellectual Property Group.
Previously, Decker also worked as controller of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, and was a former senior assurance staff member of Rhea & Ivy PLC, now Dixon Hughes Goodman, where she was responsible for engagements in the hospitality, real estate and manufacturing industries.
Decker graduated with a BBA in accounting from the University of Central Arkansas and earned a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP). Decker is also accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Licensing Executives Society.