Partner Bios

Christopher C. Nowell, CPA

Partner

Drawing on significant experience in the corporate financial management and public accounting arena, Chris Nowell specializes in providing financial advisory and business evaluation services to companies in ownership transition and subsequent business exchanges. He also has negotiated, valued, and performed due diligence on numerous acquisitions in a variety of industries.

Prior to forming Jarrard, Nowell & Russell, LLC, Nowell worked with both domestic and international companies managing a wide range of activities including mergers and acquisitions, corporate tax compliance and planning, cash flow management, debt covenant negotiation, corporate risk management, employee benefit management and business development. Nowell’s experience with businesses in transition focuses on assistance with financing and the assessment of traditional or alternative financing methods.

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William H. Jarrard, CPA

Partner

Bill Jarrard offers a breadth of public accounting and corporate financial experience, including experience with a Big Four accounting firm and working with Fortune 500 level corporations. As a principal in Jarrard, Nowell & Russell, Jarrard also offers expertise in 1031 tax-free exchanges.

Prior to forming Jarrard, Nowell & Russell, LLC, Jarrard served as chief financial officer for Young Pecan Company, the world’s largest producer of pecans, with annual sales exceeding $100 million. He also has experience as vice president and controller at Cameron & Barkley Company.

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William A. Russell III, CPA

Partner

A veteran of over fifteen years in corporate financial management and captive insurance company management, Will Russell brings to the firm broad industry expertise, with extensive experience in corporate treasury systems, business valuation and due diligence work.

Russell began his career as assistant treasurer for Charleston-based Cameron & Barkley Company and has served as director of treasury and risk management for Hagemeyer North American, Inc. Previously he served as assistant vice president with Marsh Management Services, Inc. (a division of Marsh & McLennan).

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Derrick Apple, CPA

Partner

Derrick Apple is a certified public accountant who has been with the firm since 2007, having previously served as both audit manager and senior accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the South Carolina Association of Public Accountants, and also the Charleston Southern University Board of Visitors. Notably, Apple has acted as a marketing committee member for the S.C. Captive Insurance Association, and in 2015, he was named to the E-file Cabinet National Advisory Board.

Derrick holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Charleston Southern University and a master’s degree in accounting from the College of Charleston. A native of Columbia, S.C., Apple currently resides in Mt. Pleasant with his wife and two children.

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Patrick Odom, CPA

Partner

Patrick Odom is a partner with Jarrard, Nowell & Russell with over 10 years of experience in public accounting. He specializes in providing tax and advisory services, and he is greatly experienced in business and individual income tax planning, outsourced accounting, and business valuation. Patrick regularly assists clients with budgeting and cash flow forecasts as well as the assessment of traditional or alternative financing options.

Mr. Odom also provides business valuation and due diligence services for mergers and acquisitions and/or estate and gift tax planning, as well as forensic accounting and litigation support services for family law and complex commercial disputes. He is a certified public accountant, a certified fraud examiner, and he is accredited in business valuation.

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