John Drawdy is an auditing, accounting and tax professional with over 25 years of relevant experience. His expertise includes small business advising, internal control analysis concepts, tax planning, and tax preparation.
John holds a Bachelor’s Degree and an MBA from the University of South Carolina, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and a Certified Tax Coach (CTC). John has taught both undergraduate and graduate-level accounting classes and (by special invitation) has written and edited questions for the CPA Exam.
John holds/has held many positions in the community including:
- Past President of the Towne Lake Rotary Club
- Director of the Greater Atlanta Carolina Alumni Association
- Former Treasurer and Director of the Atlanta Gamecock Club
- Bascomb Elementary PTA President
- Bascomb School Advisory Council member
- Cub Scout Den Leader
- Eagle Scout
- Member of the Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honor Society
John and his wife LaTease, an Acworth native, have been married since 2004 and have lived in Cherokee County ever since. They have two children, Caroline, who was born in 2008, and Amanda, who was born in 2010.
Kristi Cobb moved to the Atlanta area in 1991 from Michigan. She attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and later pursued her CPA once in Georgia. In addition to accounting, Kristi has done work in the legal field as a case manager at an Atlanta mediation and arbitration firm. Kristi also has a paralegal certificate and did an internship at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office during college.
Kristi has been with Paragon since 2013. Professionally, she enjoys the challenge of identifying and solving problems and listening to the needs of business owners. Kristi is Paragon’s tax manager and go-to person for all our tax needs, especially tax planning. Kristi also oversees the accounting functions of our firm.
Kristi and her husband Jeff live in Canton. Kristi enjoys playing tennis weekly. Kristi holds many positions in our local community, including treasurer of Towne Lake Business Association. Jeff delights in coaching basketball. Her oldest son, Anthony, is a student at Kennesaw State University. Nicholas is at Woodstock High School. And her daughter, Alayna, loves playing soccer. Kristi has adopted her husband’s team, the Georgia Bulldogs, as her college football team unless they are playing Michigan State Spartans. Both of her parents attended MSU and her step-father was a professor there.
Kristen Griffin joined Paragon in 2019. She comes to our firm with over a decade in public accounting experience. Her knowledge includes individual and small business taxes as well as financial statement preparation and analysis.
Kristen is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She earned her Bachelor of Science from Reinhardt University in 2008 and her Master of Science in Accounting in 2016.
Kristen is originally from Ellijay. She and her husband moved to Woodstock in 2009, where they still reside with their daughter, Lily, and their younger twins, Lincoln and Lexi. Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, camping, and being outdoors.
David Ketchel has been with the firm since December 2017. David has a background in Internal Auditing with a focus on governance, risk, compliance, internal controls, process improvement, data analytics, and IT security. In addition to accounting, David has several years of management experience in the restaurant, construction, and insurance claim industries.
David has obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Economics from Georgia State University and a Master of Science in Applied Economics from The University of North Dakota. David’s coursework has focused on advanced mathematics and statistics and has included extensive empirical and theoretical research.
Originally from Snellville, GA, David currently lives in Marietta, GA, with his fiancée and two sons, ages 6 and 8. Being very passionate about fitness and nutrition, David enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and being active as much as possible. If David is not outdoors, he can be found playing video games with his kids.
Rachel Rollins joined the Paragon team in 2017 and brings over 10 years of administrative and customer service experience to us. Rachel oversees all of our office operations. With an associate’s degree in business management, her expertise is in scheduling, correspondence, organization, and efficiency.
Rachel is a dynamic and passionate worker who enjoys a challenge. She stays busy networking in our Woodstock community with IN WDSTK and the Towne Lake Business Association.
Born and raised in Marietta, Rachel now lives in Acworth with her husband and two children. In between gymnastics and Cub Scout camping trips, Rachel enjoys soaking up the sun. She adopted her husband’s love for the Chicago Cubs and is now an avid fan. In her spare time, Rachel volunteers at Mother’s Making a Change and The Women’s Extension, which are facilities designed to help women who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.