Cauthen & Associates¬†was founded on the principle of maintaining direct participation in each project by a principal of the firm to ensure the highest quality of service to our clients. The result of this foundation has proved quite successful. We are an information-based, task-oriented firm, driven by professional associates with a clearly-focused mission to provide a cost-effective design focusing on our clients’ vision and development needs.

In the 20+ years that Cauthen & Associates has been operating, we have participated in the design and/or planning of over 7,500 projects in Tennessee. Over 90 percent of our annual revenue is attributed to repeat business giving us a strong indication of our clients’ satisfaction that reinforces our belief in the founding principle of direct participation.

Planning and Management Services

John Cauthen, PHM, AICP
President/Principal Planner
Machelle York, CDT
Principal, CEO


Janine Obenschain, AIA, LEED, AP
Professional Architect
Troy Williams, R.A.
Professional Architect


Raylon Harness
Office Administrator

Stephanie Coles
Executive Administrator

Construction Administration

Brad Owens
Project Manager
Richard James, PHM
Project Manager
Rex Orick
Construction Administrator
Paul Orick
Project Manager