Who We Are

SSW CPA’s and SSW Capital, LLC are a team of professionals with experience in matters of:

  • Individual and Business Tax Planning
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Business Valuations
  • Deal Management and Negotiations
  • Business Advising
  • Mergers and Acquisitions


We are ready to help our clients capture the value they have created!

Melody J. (Smiley) Sullivan, CPA

Melody J. (Smiley) Sullivan, is the founder of “SMILEY CPAs”, a local Certified Public Accounting Firm established in July 1986 in Historic Downtown Franklin.

Melody J. Sullivan founded the first woman-owned CPA firm in Franklin, Tennessee’s Historic Downtown business district in July of 1986 after working as a staff accountant for one of Nashville’s most respected business owners and CPA firms, and serving as comptroller for a local food service company.

Focusing her energies and interest on the financial goals of her clients coupled with the integration of cutting edge accounting and tax strategies resulted in the firm’s immediate success. Today, SmileyCPAs is one of Middle Tennessee’s most respected CPA firms, serving dozens of Corporations and over 1,500 tax clients.

In November 2005, SmileyCPAs moved to the Offices Reserve at Cross Creek on Murfreesboro Road near I-65. “With more and more of our clients located outside the Franklin area, we felt it was time to go to a more central location that provided easy interstate access. This building fits the bill perfectly.”

If you are searching for a CPA firm, please consider SmileyCPAs. We will listen to you, dedicate the resources necessary to provide comprehensive financial information and advice, and provide creative tax planning tactics and counsel. We want to be a part of your future financial success.

Brad Smith, CPA, ABV, CVA, IAR (Partner)

Brad Smith, CPA, ABV, CVA, IAR, is a native of South Florida and moved with his family to Thompson Station, TN in 2013. Brad holds a bachelor degree in accounting from the University of South Florida and a masters in taxation from Florida Atlantic University. Brad is a Certified Public Accountant and is credentialed in business valuations by the AICPA and the NACVA. In addition Brad is an Investment Advisor Representative and has passed the securities exams for the Series 7 and Series 66 (as then administered by the NASD).

Brad has worked in public accounting since 1997 serving families and business owners in the areas of: accounting, income and estate tax compliance and planning, asset protection, business valuation and succession planning; wealth management; and IRS representation. Brad is married to Laurie and is a proud father of five sons.


Ben Wynd, CPA, IAR (Partner)

Ben Wynd, CPA, IAR, is a Certified Public Accountant with extensive management, technical and analytical skills, he brings considerable experience in various technical accounting, finance and SEC reporting roles.In addition, Ben is an Investment Advisor Representative and has passed the securities exam for the Series 65.

Ben was heavily involved Nashville’s healthcare industryas the Director of Financial Reporting at Tenet Healthcare/Vanguard. While at Vanguard he was actively engaged in working on the Company’s SEC filings, including Vanguard’s initial public offering in June 2011, comprehensive debt refinancing, overseeing the financial reporting of the Company’s health plans and supporting acquisition due diligence. His experience also includes working with national accounting firms (Taxation, Audit and Acquisition Due Diligence), as well as with the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, KY, he is a member of various professional and industry organizations as well as a currently serving as a Board of Director for Franklin Financial Network, Inc. (NYSE: FSB), and a Board Member for Outdoor Encounter, a community benefit non-profit organization. He and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Franklin, Tennessee and have a daughter and son.

Chad Connery, VP of Business Consulting, Mergers & Acquisitions

Chad provides a road map for business owners and CEOs who are looking to grow or sell their business. With his experience, he is able to create an exit or growth plan for your business. He assists business owners with expansion, new market development, strategic business planning, startup, turnaround, fast growth, leading teams and contract negotiations. He is a trusted advisor that can emphasize with business owners. Chad is an experienced executive business consultant, leader & coach with over 20 years of experience.

Superior interpersonal and analytical skills with a demonstrated ability to resolve complex issues that drive excellence and create motivation for peak performance. High-caliber presentation, negotiation and closing skills. Utilizes critical analyses and insights together with a team-oriented approach to drive continuous improvement and implementation of best practices. Champions a strong focus on customer and partner satisfaction and loyalty.

Chad has been recognized as a thought leader to mentor, coach and lead new startup companies.

Chad has experience in many industries but not limited to OEM, Finance, Healthcare, Marketing, Software and M&A transactions.

Chad is also on the board of a nonprofit called My Friend’s House located in Franklin, TN. He and his wife, Heather, reside in Franklin Tennessee and have 2 daughters.