Originally created 10/14/00

Tax company moves to Evans



When Rhodes-Murphy's new 11,000-square-foot building opens in Evans Town Center, it will be a one-stop shop for a variety of financial services.

The building will be the company's corporate headquarters and will house the new parent company, Rhodes Financial Services.

The facility will provide "a one-stop shop as far as having taxes done, insurance, securities and mortgages," company President Jimmy Rhodes said. "We presently have 21 full-time employees, and the new building will give us an opportunity to hire an additional eight to 10 employees."

In all, about 30 people will work out of the new building, which also will feature a 50-computer training area. Mr. Rhodes said he may offer the training room to other area companies.

"As far as I know, it's one of few, if any, large computer training facilities in this area," he said.

Behind the main structure is a 5,000-square-foot building that will house an employee gymnasium complete with a half-court basketball court, an aerobic workout room, treadmills, showers and a lunchroom.

Established in 1965, Rhodes-Murphy is primarily a tax preparation company, doing individual and corporate returns. A tax software company, RCS/Taxslayer, was launched in 1989 to produce and market computer programs to other companies.

Those companies file their returns through Rhodes-Murphy's main computer center, which also will be housed in the new building, Mr. Rhodes said.

Carl Rhodes, vice president, heads up the software division, and Zane Christopher Jr. heads up the income tax division.

The company's mortgage division was launched in September and is managed by Sean Collett and veteran loan officer Linda Walker.

Mark Daniel heads the security division, which also began this year. The company is still staffing its insurance division, though it already has begun providing property, casualty and life insurances.

The building is expected to be complete by the end of November. The company's current home office - located off Washington Road in Martinez - will remain open through the tax season.

Employees at the old location will relocate when the new office opens. Employees at the company's 20 other locations throughout the area will remain open.

"The Evans Town Center is where the growth of Columbia County is moving toward, and we expect that particular area to be the hub of the entire county," Mr. Rhodes said.

Reach Jason B. Smith at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 115.