Home > About Us > People > Jerry Adams

Jerry Adams, CPA, AEP, CGMA
Founder, Former Managing Principal (1971-2002)

Jerry Adams

P 423.756.7100
F 423.756.2939

Chattanooga Office
Tallan Financial Center
Two Union Square, Suite 1100
Chattanooga, TN 37402


University of Tennessee

Chattanooga Tax Practitioners
Chattanooga Estate Planning Council
Family Business Advisors

Licensed in Tennessee


  Jerry Adams is a certified public accountant (CPA) and one of the firm’s three founding principals. He is a business consultant, a tax adviser, a family business counselor, an accredited estate planner (AEP), and a chartered global management accountant (CGMA).

Through 2002, Jerry was managing principal of the firm and became senior principal in 2003. He now serves as a consultant to businesses in various industries and to high net-worth families. He has written several articles published in newspapers and professional reference sources.

A Chattanooga native, Jerry is an active community leader, having served as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Chattanooga United Way Campaign, chairman of the University of Chattanooga Foundation, and the president of the Chattanooga Rotary Club. He is also a longtime member of the Bible in the Schools Board and the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

He is a recipient of several awards, including the Rotary International Service Above Self Award (2010), the Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award (2006), and the Public Service Award presented by the TSCPA (1999).

Jerry graduated from the University of Tennessee. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), a past president of the Chattanooga chapter of the TSCPA, a member of the Chattanooga Estate Planning Council and Chattanooga Tax Practitioners, as well as an associate of Family Business Advisors.

Decosimo is an independently owned and operated member firm of both the Moore Stephens North America (MSNA) association of member firms and the Moore Stephens International Limited (MSIL) network of member firms.  Neither MSNA nor MSIL provide services to clients.  Decosimo is a separate and distinct legal entity, subject to the laws and professional regulations of the jurisdictions in which it operates, and is not authorized to obligate or bind MSNA, MSIL, or any other member firm of MSNA or MSIL.  Decosimo is liable only for its own acts or omissions and not those of any other person or entity including MSNA, MSIL and other member firms of MSNA and MSIL.