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Michael Bryant is a native of Nashville, also known as Music City and the Athens of the South. He has worked at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) for the last 17 years, Michael and his wife also are improvisational comedy performers.

FEI Chapter * Nashville

FEI Involvement * Primarily at the local level as a board member responsible for programs and CPE sessions for the membership. Appointed chair of the Nashville Board in 2014.

FEI Member Since * 2010

Current Employer * Senior Vice President and CFO--Also CFO of our affiliated 501(c)(3) organization--The NASBA Center for the Public Trust.

Prior Positions * NASBA Controller (1997-2008), GENESCO Corporate Accounting / Financial Reporting Manager (1990-1996), Public Accounting (primarily with PWC) and at a local firm (1980s).

Education Summary

BBA, Middle Tennessee State University (1980) Executive MBA, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University (2010)

Family and Personal Life

Wife Sheryl and two children, Mark and Carolina.


Fundraising chair for Cub Scout Pack 136 (also known as Popcorn Colonel). Room at the Inn Program at our church. A community of local churches that provide overnight lodging and hosting for homeless individuals during the winter months.

Leisure and Stress Management

Throwing Frisbee with the kids, camping, hiking and vacationing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Time Management

I don't have time to comment on this.

Recent Reads

Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

Favorite Movie

Being There with Peter Sellers & Shirley MacLaine, 1979.

Favorite Music

I have been fascinated with The Beatles ever since I saw them on Ed Sullivan at age 6. It was not just the great music, but the playfulness they brought to their work. I am taking my 9-year-old son to his first concert this week, and it is Paul McCartney at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. He loves The Beatles music as well, but my daughter is all Taylor Swift.

Favorite App



The Greatest Generation and the early astronauts, both for their courage.

Best Advice

Stay positive and envision the outcome you want. My Dad used to always tell us "can't never could," and there is a lot of wisdom in that. I tell my children that "thoughts are things." The first step to success is seeing in your mind the successful outcome. That unleashes the goal-accomplishing abilities of the human mind...

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