PKM Employee Spotlight: Pat Tuley
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Except for Tax Partner Pat Tuley, lions and tigers may not apply, but he’s definitely had some experience with bears in his lifetime. Pat and his wife Theresa spend many of their weekends camping and hiking through different state parks in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Their #1 companion is George, their golden retriever! The three enjoy hopping into their camper and taking on nature’s beauty any chance they can get.
It all started about fours year ago, when Pat and Theresa realized they were quickly becoming empty-nesters, so the two needed something to keep them busy. Theresa had grown up camping with her parents, so the credit goes to her when she suggested they should buy a camper. Pat was immediately on board since he has had some experience with camping back in the day through his three sons, who are now all Eagle Scouts. So without hesitation, they bought one and their journey began!
Throughout the years, Pat and Theresa have traveled to several state parks. A majority have been in Georgia, where they have been to Vogel, Black Rock, Fort Mountain, Cloudland Canyon, Hart, Don Carter, James Floyd, Amicalola, Moccasin Creek, Roosevelt’s Little White House, Kolomoki Mounds, Stephen Foster and Unicoi State Parks. While they are camping, a lot of their time is spent riding around on their mountain bikes or hiking different trails. Some of Pat’s favorite trails are Coosa Backcountry Trail, Bull Mountain Trail and hiking from Unicoi to Anna Ruby Falls. For mountain biking, they have ridden along Popcorn Creek, Suches Trail and Lake Rabun. Outside of Georgia, they’ve biked along the Tsali Trail in North Carolina. They’ve even adventured outside of the United States, where they hiked Mount Liamuiga, a dormant volcano in St. Kitts.
Unicoi is the state park that they visit the most frequently. Here, Pat remembers a few times seeing bears. Once they came in on a Friday night to Unicoi and parked their camper on the campground. Someone next to them warned them that they’ve seen some black bears come through and raid coolers for any and all food, so they were prepared for the worst. That night, “I was looking out the window of my camper and saw a bunch of flashlights beaming,” Pat recalls. “And that’s when I noticed it: about 20 feet away was a huge black bear, looking for a midnight snack!”
Although camping was meant as a hobby for just Pat and Theresa, their kids have still enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors throughout the years. Theresa is Pat’s second wife, so together they have six kids in one, happy blended family. From Pat’s first marriage, he has two sets of twins and Theresa has one daughter and a son. With most of the kids older and off in college, Theresa’s daughter Elena, 13, has shown the most interest lately in joining in on the fun of camping. Soon, Pat and Theresa are bringing Elena and some of her friends up to the campgrounds on Lake Lanier. Then the week after that, they’ll be off to Unicoi yet again – they can barely put the camper away!
During the summer, you can catch Pat and his family camping once a month or more. Since their camper is fully equipped with AC, the temperature doesn’t bother them. Otherwise, when winter comes along followed by “busy season,” camping slows. But that doesn’t stop them from looking forward to and planning trips to fill up their summer!
Pat has over 30 years of experience in public accounting, and he has led PKM’s tax practice since 2003. His experience includes leadership positions in both the Federal Tax Practice, and the State and Local Tax Practice. Pat has worked with clients ranging from individuals to international Fortune 50 companies in federal, state and local tax compliance; corporate tax planning; business structure planning; merger and acquisition assistance, and the list goes on! He is active in the banking, real estate and technology industries, serving numerous clients across the Southeast. We are so happy to have Pat as part of the PKM family!