Stetson University

School of Business Administration

Steven R. “Rusty” Whitley, CPA

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Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson & English, PA

Rusty is a founding member of Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson & English, PA, a full-service accounting firm offering a comprehensive range of business and personal accounting services.

Raised in Winter Haven, Rusty graduated from Stetson University in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He joined the team of Taylor, Edenfield, Gilliam & Wiltshire, Southwest Florida's largest accounting firm. Following the business's acquisition by Coopers & Lybrand, a corporation recognized as one of the world's "Big 8" accounting firms, Rusty became the partner in charge of tax services for the Southwest Florida operations. In 1989, he and three colleagues founded WWRE. His area of emphasis is in tax and estate planning for family businesses and high-net-worth families. Rusty has been a seminar leader for accounting professionals and is WWRE's continuing education coordinator.

Rusty is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). He is also a Member of the Board of Advisors of Stetson University's Family Enterprise Center.

He has a strong community commitment and contributes time and expertise to a range of organizations and charitable groups. Rusty is past president of the Uncommon Friends Foundation; director and past-president of the Charles A. and Ann Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. He is a past-president of the Bonita Springs Speakers Assembly; and treasurer of Classic Basketball Inc., the organization that coordinates the annual City of Palms Classic; and is a member of the Diocesan Council and Finance Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida. He is past president of the Boy Scouts of America, Southwest Florida Council. He is a Trustee of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

Rusty lives in Fort Myers with his wife, Melissa. They have three children. Ryan, 30, is an Episcopal priest in Philadelphia. Trevor, 27, is a partner in a financial advisory firm in Fort Myers. Brennan, 24, is working with the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers.


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