Tom founded a one-man CPA firm in 1992 with the faith of family and friends and a vision for dedication to clients. With over 35 years of accounting experience, Tom remains a visionary and entrepreneur in the firm currently named Prothro, Wilhelmi & Company, PLLC. Tom’s practice with the firm includes financial statement audits of small to medium-¬sized businesses, entities subject to The Department of Education audit requirements, not-for-profit entities and entities subject to Yellow Book and Single Audit requirements. Tom works with individuals, corporations, partnerships and fiduciaries in preparation of income tax returns and related planning. He serves as the firm’s Managing Partner.
Tom is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the East Texas Chapter of Certified Public Accountants. He is an Associate Member of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), where he serves on the Audit Committee. He is a past member of the statewide Peer Review Committee of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, a position where he helped evaluate hundreds of accounting practices in Texas. He served on the board of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy from 2009 to 2015, and served as the Presiding Officer from 2013 to 2015.
In 2013, Tom earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) professional designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of the American College. The CAP program provides professionals in the nonprofit and financial services fields with the tools needed to help clients reach their charitable giving objectives, while also helping them meet their estate planning and wealth management goals. He also holds various securities and insurance licenses. Tom is involved with his church, Bethel Bible Church of Tyler, having served as Treasurer, Deacon and Elder Board Chairman. He currently is involved with the church’s weekly worship service as a video engineer.
An active member in the community, Tom is a graduate of Leadership Tyler Class II, past president of Rose City Kiwanis, and a current member of the City of Tyler Tax Abatement Committee. Tom also serves as a member of the audit committee of the local Boy Scouts of America chapter.
Tom is a 1979 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. He is married to the former Kimberly Burt of Tyler and celebrated his thirty-fifth wedding anniversary in 2015. Kimberly obtained a Masters of Theology degree at Dallas Theological Seminary in 2013. His daughter, Ashley Trant, was deceased in 2013; his married son, Evan, lives in Austin, Texas. He enjoys his seven grandchildren, playing golf, racquetball, riding his 2007 Harley Davidson Street Glide and learning about any of the latest technologies. He has Private and Commercial Pilot Certificates and holds an Instrument Rating. In 2012, he earned / passed his SCUBA certification.