Linda L. Biek
2005 Award of Honor
– Classes of 1986, 1990
If you want to be an accountant in the state of Tennessee, you have to earn the official "okay" from Linda Basham Biek. This on-the-move graduate received her degree in Marketing from East Tennessee State University in 1986. She soon decided to further her business education and enrolled in the Master of Accountancy program at ETSU. After graduation in 1990 she taught accounting classes here for one semester and then decided to move to California and pursue a career in the field of public accounting with the international accounting firm of KPMG.
After a brief period, she transferred to the Nashville office of KPMG, then on to northeast Tennessee with the accounting firm of Rodefer, Moss & Company. Her desire to experience other areas of accounting led Biek to a position as a senior internal auditor with the Pittston Company. An added benefit was meeting her husband, Michael, who had just transferred from Pittston's California office. The couple moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Biek worked for the accounting firm of Beane-Garter.
In an attempt to get away from the cold winters, they relocated to Nashville where she began her career with the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy as an Investigator. Moving up through the ranks, Biek is now the Executive Director for the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy. In this role, she oversees the licensing of all Certified Public Accountants and accounting firms throughout the state. This position allows her to help shape the future of the state's accounting profession through interaction with the Board of Accountancy, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and other dynamic accounting organizations. Biek also writes a monthly column for the TSCPA Journal in an attempt to keep CPAs "in the know."
Her favorite past time is working with the Junior League of Nashville. She began as the Assistant Editor of The Gazette, the JLN Newsletter. Linda then accepted a board position as Vice President of Marketing and was one of three women selected to participate in AJLI Organizational Development Institute. Currently, she serves on the JLN board as Vice President of Development and next year she will co-chair the Decorators' Show House, JLN's largest fund-raiser. Linda enjoys working in the community and has performed "hands on" volunteer work with Reading is Fundamental and the Nashville Rescue Mission and the League for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Linda has been blessed with a wonderful family which includes her husband, Mike, and her children, 5-year-old Thomas, 3-yearold Elizabeth, and 10-year-old Fed, (a retired greyhound).