Tracy is a 4th generation “Florida Cracker,” born in Gainesville, FL.
Tracy spent the first four years of her life as a Navy brat, moving to various cities. Upon her father’s discharge from service, he secured employment with the IRS and the family settled in Sarasota, FL in 1973. In 1982, the Kimbrough’s moved back to Lakeland.
Tracy earned a BS degree in Business with management focus in 1992 at the University of South Florida; and in 1995 earned another BS degree in Business Accounting from Florida Southern College. In 2000, Tracy earned her CPA certificate. She became a CFST (Certified Florida Sales and Use Tax) auditor in 2013.
Tracy began working for Baylis & Company PA as a part-time receptionist in 1988. She is the only employee that has the distinction of working through all departments and even attained part ownership in year 2005.
On November 8, 2020, Tracy celebrated completing 32 years with Baylis & Company and then on December 1, 2020, Baylis & Company PA joined forces with another Lakeland firm, CPS Group CPA’s PA. CPS has been part of the Lakeland community for 45 years. Tracy looks forward to fulfilling the remainder of her career with CPS and serving alongside her new work family.
Tracy was searching for a more “Norman Rockwell” lifestyle and after participating in Leadership Polk’s Class 6 Bartow Days – she fell in love with Bartow. Baylis & Company had several Bartow clients, so Tracy applied to participate in Leadership Bartow’s Class 16 to learn more about the town, its community and its people. Tracy, her Mother and her fur-baby moved to their forever Bartow home in 2016.
Tracy is a fur-momma to Mimi who is a nine-year-old terrier mix, and also an aunt to three beautiful nieces. Tracy enjoys soaking in Hallmark Channel movies, any type of murder mystery show, and spending time with family and friends. She also participates in many local community events, not-for-profits and has served on various committees and boards. Tracy looks forward to working in Bartow to help maintain that wonderful city’s offerings and opportunities that make Bartow so special.