Our team

We have been trusted advisors to over 40 financial services companies in Tennessee and across the country, helping assess the strength and sustainability of enterprise-wide and compliance risk management programs.  For years, we have provided independent compliance testing services and conducted deep research and analysis enabling us to provide our clients sounds compliance risk management advice.  While other firms offer a multitude of services, Sentry focuses on what we do best—helping you navigate the complex and ever-changing regulatory requirements and expectations placed on your financial institution.

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William A. Childress, Managing Member

I have advised financial services companies over the last fifteen years, primarily focused on consumer compliance risk management and independent compliance and BSA/AML testing. Formerly with one of the “Big 4” accounting and advisory firms, I led a number of engagements related to assessing compliance risk management program effectiveness and exam preparedness for organizations supervised by the CFPB and prudential regulators. In addition, I spent over six years with a local firm, serving community banks across Tennessee. I am a member of the Institute of Certified Bankers, Tennessee Bankers Association, American Institute of CPAs and the TN Society of CPAs.
e: wac@sentryadvisory.com
c: 615.545.5833

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Allen B. (Joey) Croom, II, Managing Member

I have more than seventeen years of experience advising financial institutions across Tennessee and surrounding states on a wide array of regulatory compliance topics, including federal lending and deposit regulations, fair lending, HMDA, CRA, and BSA/AML/OFAC. I attended the ABA’s National, Intermediate, and Graduate Compliance Schools, and hold the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist designations. I am an active member of the Tennessee Bankers Association, where I have led a panel discussion with examiners from the OCC, Federal Reserve and FDIC. Prior to joining Sentry Advisors, I was most recently named Director of Regulatory Compliance in the financial services practice of a super-regional accounting firm. Prior to that, I led the Regulatory Compliance practice of a local firm, serving community Banks across Tennessee.
e: joey@sentryadvisory.com
c: 731.514.3678

Austin H. Crowe, Managing Compliance Advisor

Formerly with a super-regional accounting firm, I supported in-depth engagements related to assessing compliance program effectiveness and efficiencies for institutions supervised by the FDIC, FRB, and OCC.  My experience spans regulatory and consumer protection regulations and BSA/AML/OFAC requirements. Additionally, I have performed internal audit testing and loan review services for community banking clients. I have in-depth knowledge of compliance risk management, deposit and lending operations, BSA/AML compliance and consumer compliance laws/regulations. Prior to joining the Sentry team, I was the Manager of Financial Reporting for a renewable energy company in Nashville primarily focused on financial statement preparation, audit coordination, and complying with third party investor reporting requirements.

e: austin@sentryadvisory.com
c: 615.306.9529

Additional Team Members

Karen Watson, Senior Compliance Advisor (karen@sentryadvisory.com)

Michael Comfort, Compliance Advisor (michael@sentryadvisory.com)

Zach Garner, Compliance Advisor (zach@sentryadvisory.com)

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