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Physician Group Resources | BKD, LLP

BKD Physician Advisory Services leadership team is pleased to offer exclusive access to resources that can help your physician practice thrive. BKD's new Physician Services Simplified guide contains research and insight covering critical areas: profitability improvement, strategic planning and positioning, fair market value, compliance and internal controls, operations in a value-based environment, and revenue cycle. If strengthening physician relationships and performance is a priority for you

2021 Travel Destinations | BKD, LLP

“Having two small kids, it’s so important to get away, just the two of us, and have time to talk, eat, sleep, read a book, etc., without getting interrupted. We’re so lucky to have a small village (both sets of our parents) that helps look after the kids and dogs while we’re away,” says Erica, who was able to sleep in late, have important conversations, and—believe it or not—finish a book. For their one off-property excursion, Erica and Michael went to Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios, which offers a natu

The World’s Championship Horse Show | BKD, LLP

Brooke Simpson, BKD’s new international tax partner, fell in love with horses when she was only 9 years old. It all started with a horse farm right down the road from her home in Naples, Florida, and has led to competitions throughout the country, including the World’s Championship Horse Show (WCHS), held annually at Freedom Hall during the Kentucky State Fair. She’s attended every WCHS since she was 15 years old and competed for the first time in 2015. “I book my hotel stay months in advance an

One Great Reunion | BKD, LLP

By March 17, 2020, the majority of BKD had switched to a remote work environment. Monitoring guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as federal, state, and local guidance pertaining to each BKD office, the firm updated travel policies, implemented safety measures, and temporarily closed offices as the pandemic continued to evolve. As the economic effects of the pandemic took shape, BKD also created the Bridge Program to help keep the team intact while preserving the i

New Employee Q&A: Molly McGee, Audit Associate | BKD, LLP

Can you talk about your path to joining BKD full time? I interned with BKD in the spring of 2015 and then graduated with my master's from Oklahoma State University in 2016. At the time, I wasn’t set on any one path and felt drawn to multiple experiences, so one thing I appreciated during my internship is that I felt comfortable being upfront with BKD about wanting to gain different life experiences before joining full time. They were incredibly supportive of allowing me that experience and the o

Diversity Initiative Outcomes | BKD, LLP

According to a significant study from McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org called 2019 Women in the Workplace, more and more women are earning leadership positions around the country. But ultimately, women still face underrepresentation at all professional levels. SKY, BKD’s firmwide diversity initiative, aims to create a fair and just workplace for all BKD employees regardless of gender, sex, race and all other demographics. In December 2014, BKD implemented the SKY Sponsor-Protégé Program to supp

Inside BKD Campus Recruiting | BKD, LLP

BKD campus recruiters are essential when it comes to building the next generation of leadership. Whether planning activities, building relationships, or attending campus career events, these BKDers keep busy year-round helping young professionals find their way within the public accounting world. Nebraska Recruiter Sarah McGrath works with BKD’s internship and new associate programs and is grateful for the chance to do this alongside a team of remarkable BKDers. “We’re all extremely passionate a

Between Cultures & Careers | BKD, LLP

The island country of Sri Lanka is home to vibrant, golden beaches, tropical rainforests, and flatlands dotted with subtropical jungles and soaring mountains. It’s also home to Randika Alwis, a tax associate in BKD’s Salt Lake City office. Before making his way to the U.S. and BKD, Randika poured himself into his passion for rugby and earned his spot on the Sri Lanka national rugby team. “I started playing at age 10, and the more I got involved the more I wanted to pursue it professionally. I lo

Leadership Spotlight: Abe Cole, Chief Operating Officer | BKD, LLP

At BKD, the COO plays a critical role in the firm’s success and is responsible for promoting firmwide operational excellence, one of the hallmarks that set BKD apart. The role is also expanding beyond operational issues to include a greater focus on entrepreneurial and innovative solutions to current and future challenges facing the firm. Abe Cole has spent his 25-year career with BKD and has succeeded former AICPA chair Eric Hansen as BKD’s next COO. Abe is particularly excited to continue enha

One Family, One Team | BKD, LLP

When Tony Giordano, president of BKD Capital Advisors, LLC, married wife Melissa in 2000, the couple committed to a lifetime of happiness—and a lot of sports activities. As parents of PGA player Mark Hubbard, Tony and Melissa became pros at balancing work and home life to travel along with their son’s tour. And to make parenting a little more challenging and exciting, the love of sports extended throughout the whole family, including sons Nic, Matt, and TJ. “Since sports were such a big part of

Honoring Veterans Day | BKD, LLP

At 17 years old, a young Howard Swartz enlisted in the U.S. Navy and soon became RD2 Radarman Howard Swartz, serving throughout the Korean War. Howard’s daughter, BKDer Mary Anne Parrish, recently had the opportunity of a lifetime to accompany Howard on the October 20, 2021, flight to Washington, D.C. as part of the Honor Flight Bluegrass mission. The day began with a 5:00 a.m. check-in at the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, where veterans were greeted with coffee, doughnuts, an

Leadership Spotlight: Tom Watson, CEO | BKD, LLP

In August 2020, CEO Ted Dickman announced Tom Watson would succeed Ted as BKD’s next CEO. Tom’s incredible track record of building teams and serving clients is second to none in the firm, making him well-suited to embrace this role as an effective builder of revenue, practice areas, and people. “We are blessed with a great next-generation leadership team within our firm, and we are especially fortunate to have someone of Tom’s caliber ready to lead us into the future,” says Ted. Tom, sixteen, o

Back to Basics | BKD, LLP

It wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic hit that Kim Haynes, a managing consultant in BKD’s Springfield office, realized she’d lost sight of her self-sufficiency. Her journey back to greater self-reliance started with a garden. Kim grew up on a 10-acre farm surrounded by sheep and produce in a small town called Tina, four hours north of Springfield. She was raised to be strong and independent and later married her husband Pat, who was raised the same. But a little of this nature was forgotten as

Hope & Healing in New York | BKD, LLP

The South Shore nursing team takes a group photo in t-shirts that read, “We Kicked COVID,” near the end of the facility’s initial overwhelming struggles. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a public health emergency—around the same time cases were rapidly rising in New York. Kerri White, a registered nurse and nursing program director at South Shore Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, spent several long months on the frontlines until making her transition

Full Hearts, Full Potential | BKD, LLP

Senior Manager Ashley Dye has sponsored children in Myanmar, Asia, since 2013 through Binding Thread, a nonprofit organization that assists more than 500 orphaned children in Myanmar. The organization is headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, and currently serves 13 orphanages that range from 20 to 25 to 150 children each. After Ashley’s college friend posted her first sponsorship experience online and stressed how many more children still needed help, Ashley was ready to get involved. The most

The Importance of Leadership Diversity During Crisis | BKD, LLP

The Importance of Leadership Diversity During Crisis As the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the incidence of COVID-19 (COVID-19) disrupts life across the globe, BKD remains innovative and continues to find fresh solutions to meet our clients’ needs. We’re grateful to have a firm full of diverse talent, skills and niche expertise to help us keep our promise of Unmatched Client Service®. Our trusted advisors have been working diligently to understand the changing guidelines and regulations associated with C

BKD Family Helps Bring Books to Greater Nixa Community | BKD, LLP

In August 2020, eight-year-old Avid Mitchell attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for his work to install a Little Free Library at Rotary Park in Nixa, Missouri. Avid told Ozarks Independent he “wanted to do this project because books are just my thing, and I wanted to help everyone have more books.” Continuing education is an integral part of BKD culture. BKDers attend learning opportunities throughout the year, participate in BKD University, the firm’s online hub for personal and professional d

Possibilities of a People-First Culture | BKD, LLP

As clients look to their trusted advisor for clarity and direction during a crisis, we lean on our human resources (HR) team members for guidance on staying psychologically resilient, productive, and informed. BKD Chief Human Resources Officer Julie Cummings is leading valuable change throughout the firm through vital internal efforts: emphasizing employee connection and engagement with the development of new resources, reinforcing intentional and transparent communication, and strengthening BKD

The “Why” in PRIDE | BKD, LLP

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, St. Louis Managing Partner Wendy Henry and Tulsa Manager Mark Fiegener received one of the firm’s highest honors—the BKD PRIDE Award. PRIDE Awards have been handed out to one partner and one employee each year since 2003. The recipients are nominated by their peers for living out the firm’s guiding principles—passion, respect, integrity, discipline, and excellence—and are recognized during BKD’s annual Leadership Conference. “Our PRIDE values—the essential glue that
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