Since the firm’s founding in 1946, Crown & Company, CPAs has provided the Tampa Bay community with comprehensive and strategic family wide and closely held business tax planning. We strive to maximize the income and preserve the wealth of both the current and future generations.
A strong team, open communication, accessibility, research, and sound analysis comprise the foundation of our superior client service. With no conflicts of interest, our clients know that our guidance is always with their best interest in mind. As a testament to the firm’s success, 70 years later we continue to guide many of the same families that began with us 3-4 generations ago.
Our Management Team
Lindsey Crown Hardee
Lindsey is the third generation of the Crown family to carry on the tradition of providing premier tax planning to the Tampa Bay community. As the firm’s managing partner, Lindsey Crown Hardee has close to 20 years of public accounting experience. With a deep and diverse background in tax planning, Lindsey’s specialty is consulting closely held and family owned businesses. She assists owners with managing all aspects of their operations including growth, cash flow, succession, and proactive tax planning. Lindsey also focuses on strategic planning for high net worth individuals and families. She works closely with her clients and their advisors on the crafting and maintenance of their estate and trust plans.
Lindsey holds Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Accounting degrees from the University of Florida. Lindsey began her career in the tax department of Deloitte & Touche. She joined Crown & Company in 2005. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Active in the community, Lindsey currently serves on the Boards of the Morton Plant Mease Foundation, Community Dental Clinic, St Mary’s Episcopal Church, and the Pinellas County Estate Planning Council. When not working, Lindsey enjoys time with her husband and two children.
Ann joined Crown & Company, CPAs in 2007 with prior experience in both public accounting and private industry. As the Director of Estates and Trusts, Ann specializes in strategic estate tax planning on behalf of the firm’s high net worth clients and families. In addition, she maintains oversight to Crown & Company’s trust and estate administration team. Ann is a University of South Florida alumnus and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Public Accountants. In her free time, Ann enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Rachel is a Tax Manager and University of Central Florida alumnus with valuable public accounting and private industry experience. Previously with a boutique Orlando public accounting firm, Rachel specialized in tax advisory to small businesses and their owners, as well as strategic planning to high net worth individuals and families. Later, as Controller of a successful manufacturing firm, she learned first-hand the complex challenges faced by small businesses and their owners. As a member of the Crown & Company, CPAs family since 2017, Rachel applies her knowledge of tax planning and business support services to provide well-rounded advice on behalf of a diverse set of clients. Rachel is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In her free time, Rachel enjoys attending live concerts, playing team sports, and spending time with her family.
Michelle is a Tax Manager with over 7 years of public accounting experience. She provides a variety of tax services to corporations, trusts, partnerships, and high net worth individuals. This includes income tax planning, tax return preparation and review, and IRS correspondence. Her client base largely consists of clients in construction, manufacturing, and real estate industries.
Michelle holds Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration degrees from Florida State University. Prior to joining Crown & Company, CPAs in 2015, she worked as a tax associate in a small firm in Tampa and later at a regional accounting firm. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. When not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family.
Dalene is a Tax Manager with over 45 years of experience with Crown & Company, CPAs. Dalene works closely with our family office and real estate clients. Dalene is a technical expert on tax structuring and support to complex real estate holdings and partnerships. Her extensive experience, knowledge, and attention to detail provides our clients the support they need to make certain that their planning strategies are carried out accurately and in a tax efficient manner. In her free time, Dalene enjoys spending time with her family and a new grandson.
Bill Crown serves as Partner Emeritus at Crown & Company, CPAs. His 55 years of experience brings a wealth of knowledge to the firm’s clients. His primary area of expertise is income, estate, and trust taxation.
Bill is proud of his Clearwater heritage. After attending the University of Florida in Gainesville, he was anxious to return home after completing his accounting education in 1964. However, he first moved to Miami where he worked with one of the “Big 8” accounting firms. Finally, in 1967 he returned to Clearwater to join the CPA firm founded by his father. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Bill’s great passion (other than his wife Bette, six children, and numerous grandchildren) is fishing. As the Founding President of the Florida Aquarium, Bill was able to realize a dream when the Aquarium opened its doors in 1995.