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David E. Thiem CPA

PARTNER

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David E. Thiem, CPA, is a partner of Thiem McCutcheon Winkler. He has been certified as a public accountant since 1969. Previously, Mr. Thiem was a partner at Thiem, Jackson & Pace and served as its chairman from 1984-2009. He was also a partner with McKnight & Frampton from 1969-1984, serving part of that time as a Managing Partner, and an associate before that from 1963-1969.

David attended the University of Texas before serving in the United States Navy. He ultimately received his Bachelor of Management Arts degree from Charleston Southern University, graduating summa cum laude.

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David belongs to several professional associations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, on which he served on the Employee Benefits Subcommittee, and the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, on which he served on the Executive Committee, Ethics Committee, Insurance Committee (Chairman), Taxation Committee (Chairman), and the Annual Meetings Committee. He has served as President, Vice-President, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Coastal Chapter of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.

A resident of Charleston since 1963, David has been a part of many civic and charitable organizations in the area, including the Estate Planning Council (President and Secretary), Exchange Club of Charleston, Inc. (Vice-President and Treasurer), Exchange Club Fair of Charleston, Inc. (Treasurer), Charleston Southern University Buccaneer Club (Board of Directors), Porter-Gaud School Father’s Association (Board of Directors and Treasurer), Charleston Baptist Association Finance Committee (Chairman), South Carolina Baptist Convention General Board (Finance Committee Chairman), First Baptist Church of Mt. Pleasant Finance Committee (Chairman), East Cooper Habitat for Humanity (Board Member and Treasurer), and the Raven’s Run Homeowners Association (Board of Directors, President, and Treasurer).

David and his wife, Gloria, have two sons as well as four grandchildren. They moved to their farm west of Summerville in October 2010 and now belong to Summerville Baptist Church.

J. Ben McCutcheon III CPA

PARTNER

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J. Ben McCutcheon, III, CPA, is a partner of Thiem McCutcheon Winkler, CPAs, PA. He has been certified as a public accountant since 2005 and has worked in the accounting industry since 1998. Previously, Ben was a staff accountant at Gamble Givens and Moody from 1998-2002 and an associate at Thiem, Jackson & Pace from 2002-2009.

Ben attended The Citadel, where he earned the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration.

Ben belongs to several professional associations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA).

Ben and his wife, Erin, reside in Johns Island with their two children. He is originally from Lake City, SC, but has lived in the Charleston area since graduating from college. He has been active in the community including being on the Finance Committee of his Homeowners Association. Ben is a member of St. James Episcopal Church and various Citadel Associations.

 

Sam Winkler CPA, CFP

PARTNER

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Sam Winkler, CPA, CFP® is a partner of Thiem McCutcheon Winkler, CPAs, PA.  He has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 2012 and has worked in the accounting industry since graduating in 2010. Previously, Sam worked at Faulk & Winkler in Baton Rouge, LA and Dixon Hughes Goodman in Charleston, SC before starting his own CPA firm in October 2016. Sam merged his CPA firm with Thiem McCutcheon Winkler, CPAs, PA in January 2021. In addition to his work as a CPA, Sam is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional and holds his FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 securities registrations with Cetera Advisors.  

Originally from Baton Rouge, LA, Sam attended the College of Charleston and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Sam was a collegiate swimmer at the College of Charleston and helped the school win two conference championships during his time.

Sam and his wife, Lauren, reside in Mt. Pleasant with their two children, Will and Sullivan.

Ben Scott CPA

DIRECTOR

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Ben began his professional career in 1978 at McKnight Frampton & Buskirk, CPAs in Charleston as a staff accountant and earned his CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certification in 1980. Ben then worked as the assistant controller of Ruscon Corporation, an international building contractor, until 1982. He then started his own CPA firm that merged into Scott & Legare CPAs in 1988. He sold his interest in this firm in 1996 and began working as an equity owner in a maritime service and contracting business operating in the Port of Charleston. The company was a contract service provider for the Department of Homeland Security, and it grew from 10 to over 30 employees by 2006. That year, Ben sold his ownership in this business and launched Benjamin Scott CPA LLC. In January 2024, he merged his firm with Thiem McCutcheon Winkler CPAs, where he is a firm Director.

Ben has been a resident of the Charleston area all his life. He is a graduate of Clemson University where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Industrial Management. Ben and his wife, Lauren, reside in Mt. Pleasant with their two dogs, Teddy and Riley. They have four adult children and two grandchildren. They enjoy traveling, playing tennis and Clemson football.

Meredith Rawles

STAFF ACCOUNTANT

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Meredith joined the team in December 2014. She has over 35 years of tax preparation experience focusing on individuals, small business, and payroll. Meredith has worked for various CPA firms in several states during her career. She worked at a large regional CPA firm in Baltimore for nine years before moving to South Carolina in 1993.

Meredith graduated with a BA from Converse College in 1976. Post-graduation, she also attended Tidewater Community College, Old Dominion University, and University of Baltimore gaining additional knowledge in taxation and accounting.

Mandi Steinhagen

STAFF ACCOUNTANT

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Miss Steinhagen joined our firm June 2022. She had previously worked as a Staff Accountant since she graduated from the University of South Carolina in May 2021. There she received her Bachelor of Science in Economics. She graduated Magna Cum Laude. She then attended Louisiana State University online to obtain additional Accounting education. She is currently pursuing her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.

Mandi assists with providing tax and accounting services for individuals and businesses. She prepares tax returns and all bookkeeping services. She assists with training, both internally and externally. She also assists with technology support and social media management.

When Mandi isn’t working or studying for CPA exams, you can find her on the beach or the boat. Mandi is originally from a small town in Illinois. Mandi now lives in North Charleston with her four cats and puppy, Honey. Stop by and say hi to Mandi and Honey!

Victoria (Torry) Dotson

FIDUCIARY SPECIALIST

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Torry joined our firm as a fiduciary/probate specialist in 2018. She comes to us with over 30 years’ experience in probate conservatorship appointments, estate administration, and trust account management. During her employment at regional as well as national bank trust departments, she held numerous positions such as Trust Officer, Vice President, Trust Compliance Officer, Trust Management Committee Chair, and Manager of First Federal’s (now known as South State) Trust Department for the Carolinas.

Torry is a graduate of The College of Charleston and The Southeastern Trust School. She is a former member of the Estate Planning Council of Charleston where she served in various capacities including President. For nine years beginning with its inception, she was the Treasurer for a local charitable organization, Mental Health HEROES, which is one of her most meaningful accomplishments. Torry is a member of Nativity Catholic Church and lives on James Island.

Terri Wilkinson

OFFICE MANAGER

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Mrs. Wilkinson joined our firm in 2011 as our Office Manager. She attended the University of South Carolina and had previously worked in banking. Terri manages all the administrative work for the firm. This includes client correspondence, processing tax returns, firm bookkeeping, new client set up, filing, scheduling, billing, and whatever else we throw at her! She also assists with the Conservatorships that go through TMW.

When Terri is not at the firm, you’ll find her on the beach at her residence in Murrells Inlet. She has two children and five grandchildren, all of whom she enjoys spending time with at the beach. Terri will be the first smiling face you see when you come into our office!

Rachel Pendarvis

STAFF ACCOUNTANT

rpendarvis@tmwcpas.com

Rachel joined our firm in December 2022. She has previously worked as a Staff Accountant since she graduated from Clemson in December 2017. There she received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is currently pursuing her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. Rachel assists with providing tax and accounting services for individuals and businesses. She prepares tax returns and all bookkeeping services.

Rachel is originally from right here in Mount Pleasant, SC. She is a graduate of Wando High School. She is a member of Charleston Young Professionals and Holy City Toastmasters.

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