Lesley Byars is a Certified Public Accountant and is responsible for the financial and accounting functions and banking relationships for the Alabama Family Trust in addition to Human Resources oversight.
She joined Alabama Family Trust as Chief Taxation Officer, responsible for the preparation and filing of trust returns and is the primary contact for questions related to tax reporting, software, IRS and ADOR correspondence, and research of complex tax issues.
Ms. Byars has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama and worked as an auditor for PriceWaterhouse Coopers in New York City.
She returned to Alabama to serve as Vice President and Trust Tax Manager first for the trust tax department of BBVA Compass in Birmingham (formerly Central Bank of the South) and later for Wells Fargo (formerly SouthTrust Bank). In recent years, she has contracted with several public accounting firms in Alabama and other states to review complex corporate, partnership, trust, and individual returns. She also has expertise in the area of multi-state taxation for all types of returns.