Experts at Taxes and Accounting

Welcome to Brinton Fairchild.

We strive to give unparalleled service when performing our individual and corporate accounting and tax engagements. A fundamental strength of Brinton Fairchild, LLC is its unmatched project turnaround time. We also place the highest importance on client communication. Our clients should expect to be provided knowledgeable and friendly services at all times.

Welcome

Excellence & Honesty

Brinton Fairchild, LLC has roots in Central Florida, dating back to 1978. Since then, owners and partners have stressed the importance of appropriate culture and ethics. It may be cliché, but for Brinton Fairchild, LLC it is the cardinal rule - the client is priority one.

Communication is Key

The firm’s experiences have provided some key insights that have become the foundation for Brinton Fairchild, LLC. First is communication. Brinton Fairchild, LLC's goal is to return all calls, voicemails and email in the same day. We are never too busy to serve our clients! Next the firm focuses on quality. The staff frequently attends update courses to make sure we understand the latest accounting and tax rules. These courses are crucial to our being able to provide the highest quality service.

The penultimate reason is timeliness. Brinton Fairchild, LLC works as efficiently as possible to provide exemplary turn-around time on all engagements. Finally, our firm holds itself to the highest ethical standards. We believe in tax minimization, but we are not gray area accountants. We view each engagement as an opportunity to demonstrate business ethics by providing quality services at reasonable rates.

Practice Areas

From individuals to corporations. Simple to complex. We specialize in providing

Practice Areas

Tax Returns

Individual Taxes

Do 1040s and Schedule A's bog you down? We can help you be proactive about your personal tax planning.

Corporate Tax

Corporate Tax

No matter if you're an LLC, S-Corp or C-Corp, we can help you file corporate taxes in a timely and accurate way.

Corporate Accounting

Corporate Accounting

We help many small and medium sized businesses balance the books. Whether you need monthly or quarterly P&Ls, up-to-date balance sheets, payroll services - we're here to help.

Medical Specialists

Individual physicians and medical practices often need tax help. So if you're a doctor doing locums or an employed physician, a small single specialty practice or a mid-sized multiple specialty group, we specialize in helping you.

Tax and Financial Planning

Tax and Financial Planning

Do you want to have a proactive plan for your upcoming tax year? It often helps to sit down throughout the year to discuss your tax strategies and ensure you're staying up-to-date.

Quickbooks Setup and Support

Whether you want to outsource your Quickbooks/bookkeeping efforts, or keep them in-house, our experienced Quickbooks specialists can help you.

Our Team

Qualified professionals, focused on your needs.

Our Team

Ben Fairchild, CPA

Ben Fairchild, CPA

Benjamin M. Fairchild graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Southern College (FSC) with a Bachelors of Science degree in accounting in 2001. He immediately enrolled in graduate course work at FSC. He completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 2003 and was awarded Most Outstanding MBA student. Upon MBA graduation, Ben began preparation to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Ben passed all four parts of the exam on the first attempt. He was recognized by the state of Florida for achieving the fifth highest score in the state on the November 2003 exam. Ben began working with Charles H. Brinton, Sr. in 2000 as an intern while attending FSC.

Ben joined Downtown Lakeland Kiwanis in August 2007. He has worked on various service projects and is currently working is way through the leadership ranks after serving as club treasurer for several years. He has also served as the Assistant Treasurer at All Saints Episcopal Church and completed the officer ranks of the Polk County Chapter of the Florida Institute of Certified Professional Accountants (FICPA). He is an avid sports fan and enjoys following baseball, basketball and football.

Ben married his high school sweetheart, Everis (Kline) Fairchild in May 2002. They welcomed their first child, Ryan in July 2008. The Fairchilds were blessed again in June 2010 when Lindsey was born. The Fairchild family worships at All Saints Episcopal Church.

Chuck Brinton, CPA

Chuck Brinton, CPA

Charles H. Brinton, Jr. (Chuck) graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in December 2002. While at UF he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and worked for the University Athletic Association. In January 2003 Chuck began working part time at Brinton & Associates, P.A. while attending the University of South Florida to complete the additional education required to sit for the certified public accountant exam. Chuck became certified in November 2004 and began working full time in January 2005.

Chuck is the past Chair of the Polk County Chapter of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) and is a member of the Lakeland South Rotary Club. In his spare time Chuck enjoys playing golf, barbequing, and watching Gator football.

Chuck was born and raised in Lakeland. He first met his wife, Mindy, in middle school and the two began dating while in college (she was at Florida State). They were married in October of 2005. Their daughter, Avery, was born in May 2008, and son Carter was born in February 2011.

Holly Kelley, CPA

Holly Kelley, CPA

Holly graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s in accounting. She is a certified public accountant and has 26 plus years of financial account experience in both private and public business sectors. She has 18 years’ experience working with closely-held companies and high net worth individuals. She works with all business entities to minimize tax. Holly joined the Brinton Fairchild team in 2019. She uses her tax and accounting experience to provide exceptional client support and service. Holly won best accountant in The Ledger’s 2017 and 2018 Best of the Best Awards.

Holly lives in Lakeland with her husband and two children. Holly and her husband, Brian Kelley, are active supporters of Florida Baptist Children’s Home/One More Child where Brian works as HR director. Holly also enjoys working with middle school girls at First Baptist Church at the Mall.

Mia West

A. Mia West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Southern College (FSC) in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science degree in business administration. During her years at FSC, she was active in leadership positions on campus, including her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. She married Don West, a local music educator, shortly after graduation. She worked as a staffing coordinator for a local staffing company until their first child, Evan, was born in 2000. For the next several years, she remained home with Evan and his sisters, Emma and Abby. In 2010 she began working part time as office manager for a local retail sheet music company. She has been a part of the Brinton Fairchild team since 2012 and thoroughly enjoys getting to know our clients.
Mia volunteers at her children’s schools and is a big sister with the non-profit organization Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. She is very involved in her church, First United Methodist Church of Lakeland, including teaching 4th grade Sunday School and serving on the Scholarship Committee. She is currently part of the 2019 Lay Leadership Academy at her church. She is thankful for time to spend with family and friends and enjoys attending music concerts, especially classical and jazz.

Michaele Callahan

Michaele S. Callahan graduated from the University of South Florida in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. She began her career in 1981, accepting a position with Hillsborough County. In a succession of roles, she worked as a social worker, a quality assurance analyst and a technical liaison in the development of custom departmental software. Michaele became a software specialist responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the County Administrator’s network. She managed a six-member team of networking specialists and the IT-related aspects of complex infrastructure projects. Michaele was recognized for her achievements in each of these roles but is most proud of her contributions as a project manager during the design and build-out of the County’s Public Safety Operations Center. She retired from public service in 2016.
After taking time off to focus on building a new home with her husband, Brian, Michaele went to work as a bookkeeper for a small business in Lakeland. She joined the Brinton Fairchild team in August 2018 and is pleased to be putting her education and experience to work in the accounting field.
Michaele enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her husband. Their current focus is on landscaping and completing their greenhouse.

Susan Wuitschick

Susan W. Wuitschick graduated from Stetson University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Minor in Music and from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in December 1998. During her years at Stetson she served as a Resident Advisor for three years as well as holding other leadership positions, including with her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. After graduation she moved to Lakeland to accept a position with Barnett Bank. In July of 1990 she began working for GE Client Business Services (Lockheed Martin) and continued her career with them for 14 years. During her time there she held various roles including benefits specialist, financial analyst, participant in the Financial Services Training Program, accounting specialist, and Team Leader from May 1997 to March 2004. In 2006 she was employed by a Lakeland CPA firm as a staff accountant to assist in seasonal tax preparation. Beginning in October 2007 she accepted the role of part time treasurer for College Heights United Methodist Church and continues in this position. She joined the Brinton Fairchild team in March 2016.

Susan married Scott Wuitschick in October 1995. They welcomed their first child, Ethan in October 2000. In March 2004 she transitioned to stay at home mom to care for their son and then 1 year old daughter Elizabeth. In January 2007 they welcomed their third child, Emma. She enjoys volunteering for her children’s schools, spending time with family and friends, and attending her church, First United Methodist Church of Lakeland, where she regularly sings with the contemporary worship praise band. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Greater Lakeland.

Abby Rowzee

Abby Rowzee, a Kansas raised gal, attended Johnson Community in 2007 and Wichita State University’s theatre program. In 2009 she moved to New Orleans to pursue a career in film, finding success as a stand-in for Isla Fisher and Jessica Chastain. She was cast in a principal role on Hide, a TNT television film. While working in the industry, she learned the value of patience, promptness, striving to do your best, and not to be intimidated when talking to Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.
In 2012 Abby moved to New York City and found employment with a firm specializing in bookkeeping. After six months of on the job training, she became the internal bookkeeper and worked at the firm for the next four years, enjoying every minute. To stay connected with her film and theatre roots, she also ushered on Broadway in the evenings.
She moved to Lakeland in October 2018 to be closer to her retired mother. She is enjoying the warm winters and spending quality time with her mom, step-dad, aunts, and uncles. Abby became employed at Brinton Fairchild in December 2018 where she is continuing to learn about the accounting world.
When Abby isn’t working, she loves playing pickleball, reading, going to the theatre, watching movies, and listening to oldies. She is grateful for the opportunities she has been given throughout her life and strives to continue learning and growing.

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