CHAIRMAN | Knoxville
Ed is CEO of Pershing Yoakley & Associates (PYA), a management consulting and accounting firm headquartered in Knoxville with offices in Atlanta, Kansas City, Knoxville and Tampa Bay. Ed has led the firm’s growth since its founding in 1983 with three employees to its position today as one of the leading healthcare accounting and consulting firms in the United States. PYA was recently recognized as one of the top 20 healthcare consulting firms in the nation and was ranked in the Nashville Business Journal as the fifth largest CPA firm in Tennessee. PYA serves healthcare clients in 48 states and the Virgin Islands. Since forming PYA, Ed has served over 100 healthcare organizations, ranging from community hospitals to large multi-state health systems.
Ed has 40+ years of experience in healthcare. In 1977, Ed was one of 18 individuals in the U.S. and Great Britain selected to participate in a one-year education and internship work-study program in serving the healthcare industry developed at the direction of the Chairman of Ernst & Ernst.
In 2012, Ed was honored by the Knoxville Business Journal with the Healthcare heroes Lifetime Achievement Award, only the fourth recipient of this award. He currently serves on Governor Bill Haslam’s Health and Wellness Task Force. Ed is a CPA, and advanced member of HFMA, and a longtime member of the American Health Lawyers Association. Ed has also served in numerous community leadership roles. He was a founding Board member and Treasurer of Tennessee’s first Ronald McDonald house in Knoxville.