Trenton D. Watrous, CPA, CFE, CVA
Partner

Trent’s primary focus at Whisenant, Stewart, Watrous & Associates is leading the Dental Services Practice. His professional experiences as a tax accountant, auditor, expert witness, forensic accountant and trusted advisor prepared him for the challenges of today’s business climate. Trent serves dental clients in roles which range from oversight of practice transitions to practice startups to growth management within dental practices. Trent has filled the roles of negotiator between parties in crisis, court appointed arbitrator, and interrogator of persons of interest. Difficult environments are his comfort zone.

Trent particularly enjoys working with clients that have complex challenges. Whether working to improve profitability of dental practices that struggle from limited cash flow, or analyzing volumes of data in his role as an expert witness, Trent is comfortable with confronting difficult issues and developing solutions to alleviate them.

Based upon high ratings from audiences, Trent has become a sought after speaker to a variety of groups. He has been an instructor on fraud and tax matters to Special Agents of the FBI on topics ranging from financial statement fraud to tax matters to money laundering. Trent often speaks to groups on a variety of topics ranging from Dental professionals on practice success to types of white-collar crime to industry specific business or accounting matters. Trent has taught physicians how to steal, bankers to read financial documents, and auditors to detect deception.

In addition to forensic matters, Trent’s professional experiences have provided him the ability to be a “go to” resource for clients struggling to develop viable solutions to deep problems. From dental practices to manufacturers to professional service firms, Trent’s knowledge of accounting coupled with a compassion for people has provided clients with results not considered possible.

Trent earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Freed Hardeman University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Tennessee. Trent is also a Certified Valuation Analyst and Certified Fraud Examiner. Beginning his career with KPMG in Richmond, Virginia, Trent has also served in the role of chief financial officer of a manufacturing entity.

In his personal time, Trent enjoys cooking with his wife, beekeeping, or “cruising” in his vintage 1948 Willys Jeep.

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Trenton D. Watrous

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration from Freed Hardeman University

Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant in Tennessee
  • Certified Valuation Analyst
  • Certified Fraud Examiner

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants
    • West Tennessee Chapter President
    • Scholarship Committee
    • Business Valuation and Litigation Support Committee

Community Involvement

  • Andrew Crockett Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution