Nashville Business Executive Joins PYA


Jeff Pate, a well-known Nashville business executive, has joined PYA as Chief Business Development Officer for the corporation and its affiliated companies. The appointment is effective today.

“Jeff brings a tremendous background, both in healthcare and other business sectors, to the PYA Enterprise,” said Marty Brown, PYA President. The 32-year-old Knoxville-based firm is ranked as the ninth largest privately held healthcare consulting company in the country. PYA has healthcare clients in all 50 states, but also offers tax, accounting, assurance, real estate, claims auditing, medical billing and collections, investment management, and advanced data analytics services.

In his new role, Pate will focus on helping to further grow PYA’s core healthcare business as well as the offerings of three of its affiliated entities – Realty Trust Group (RTG)PYA Analytics (PYAA), and Healthcare Horizons Consulting Group.

“Nashville is a perfect base to launch this enhanced business development strategy for the PYA Enterprise,” Brown said. PYA expanded its office in Brentwood in January 2015 and is in the process of doubling that space to accommodate newly recruited talent.

“We have always served clients in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, but offered many of those services through staff located in Atlanta or Knoxville,” Brown explained. “However, the demand for talent in the Nashville market, both in healthcare and other sectors, has motivated our owners to make an even stronger commitment to this community.”

Pate, who is a native of Nashville, most recently served as Executive Vice President of Business Development for Aegis Health Group. Before that, he was Executive Vice President at W Squared.

“We have been very impressed with Jeff’s professional style, character, and numerous contacts,” Brown said. “He represents the type and level of talent that we are adding to the PYA family as we expand our market share, grow our business, and look for opportunities to offer new advisory services.”

PYA was founded in December 1983. At the time, there were three employees. Today, the PYA enterprise totals about 375 individuals, with roughly two-thirds of them supporting the healthcare consulting, tax, accounting, or assurance service lines. The remaining one-third is based in one of the six affiliated companies. Besides RTG, PYAA, and Healthcare Horizons, the affiliates are Ascendant Advisory Group, Management Resource Group, and PYA Waltman Capital.

“I have always heard so many great things about PYA,” Pate said. “I am excited by the Firm’s commitment to Nashville as a major base of operations and the opportunity to help grow the company and its affiliates even more.”

PYA’s Nashville office Managing Principal is Shannon Sumner, a former PYA consultant who returned to the Firm in 2014 after serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer for CHAN HEALTHCARE. Another of the recent additions to PYA’s Nashville team is Larry Felts, a Principal in Audit and Business Advisory Services who spent much of his career with “Big Four” accounting firms.

PYA recently signed on as a key sponsor of the Jumpstart Foundry’s Health:Further Quarterly (H:FQ) series of workshops.

“We believe the alignment with Vic Gatto’s innovative H:FQ programming further reflects our commitment to Nashville and, more importantly, our serving as a thought leader in healthcare innovation,” Brown said.


About PYA

For over three decades, PYA (Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.), a national professional services firm providing management consulting and accounting, has helped its clients navigate and derive value amid complex challenges related to regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, governance, business valuations and fair market value assessments, multi-unit business and clinical integrations, best practices, tax and assurance, business analysis, and operations optimization.

PYA’s steadfast commitment to an unwavering client-centric culture has served the firm’s clients well. PYA is now ranked by Modern Healthcare as the 9th largest privately owned healthcare consulting firm in the US. PYA is also ranked 103rd by INSIDE Public Accounting’s “Top 200” Largest Accounting Firms. PYA affiliate companies offer clients world-class data analytics, professional real estate development and advisory resources, comprehensive claims audits for self-insured Fortune 500 companies, wealth management and retirement plan administration, and business transitions consulting.

PYA is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. For more information, please visit


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