2016 Tax Promotions

October 3, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Tax Senior Manager, Brenda Elliott, has been promoted to Partner!

Brenda Elliott knew from an early age that she was destined to become an accountant. After attending college at the University of South Dakota, Springfield for two years after high school, she worked as an accountant for a law firm and then for a CPA firm before moving to Wyoming in  1997. Shortly after arriving, Brenda decided to go back to school to complete her degree. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wyoming in 2001. Brenda began her career at McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP in July 2002. She worked as an auditor for more than five years before transferring to the Tax Department where she served as a tax senior manager.

Partner Ron Nimmo commented, "The Partners are extremely pleased to add Brenda to the partnership this year. She provides first-class service to MHP clients, always thinking about opportunities to help our clients succeed."

Training and mentoring staff and assisting them with their careers is a priority for Brenda. She is equally committed to contributing to the future of the profession. She was recently selected to serve as a member of the Wyoming Society of Certified Public Accountants Board of Trustees, and is excited to have a tangible role in promoting the profession, supporting accounting education, and offering its members opportunities to grow and lead.

We are pleased to announce that Tax Manager, Greg Vaughn, has been promoted to Tax Senior Manager!

Greg Vaughn joined McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP in January 2008 after earning his B.S. in Accounting at the University of Wyoming's College of Business. Greg went straight to work in our Tax Department where he provides advice, consulting, tax planning and return preparation on nearly all types of tax returns including, but not limited to: corporations, partnerships, trusts, estates, gifts and non-profits. He will be teaching the Tax II course at the University of Wyoming as an adjunct professor for the fall 2016 semester.

We are pleased to announce that Tax Supervisor, Jamie Liberty, has been promoted to Tax Manager!

Jaime Liberty received her Bachelor degree in Accounting from Minot State University and joined the Firm in 2010. Jaime prepares and reviews all types of tax returns, including: business returns, trusts and individuals, and researching technical issues taxpayers face. She also helps with the training and mentoring of new staff. "I enjoy the variety of projects that I work on, every day is different and presents unique situations. I also enjoy the people who I work with and our clients we serve."

We are pleased to announce that two of our Tax Senior Associates have been promoted to Supervisor and a Tax Associate has been promoted to Tax Senior Associate.

Our new Tax Supervisors:

Josh Olson began at McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP as an intern, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wyoming, and joined the Firm in 2012. Josh prepares and reviews all types of tax returns including S-Corporation, Partnership, Individual, Trust and Not-for-Profits. Researching tax issues in order to come up with suggestions for tax planning and potential tax savings are also among his specialties. Josh has won many awards within the industry, including: the Wyoming Society of CPA's Outstanding Junior Award in Accounting, Department of Accounting Outstanding Senior Award, College of Business Dean's Award to Outstanding Seniors, and College of Business M. Claire Mundell Outstanding Senior Award. "I am a problem solver and being a CPA is just another word for 'problem solver'.  I love helping clients with their tax situation and finding solutions and potential tax savings. I love the fast turnover and pace of the tax department."

Lyndsay Orr began at McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP as an intern in January 2011 and joined full time in August after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado. She prepares and reviews all types of tax returns. "My favorite thing about working at MHP is the people. Even when we're all stressed out by deadlines, we can have a good laugh with each other. I also like that every day is different. Every tax return has its own challenges, so I'm not doing the same thing day after day."

Our new Tax Senior Associate:

Morgan Siegal joined McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP in November 2015. Previously, he worked for three and a half years as a management consultant working with Fortune 100 companies; five years as an investment advisor/stock broker in Australia and six years as chief operating officer/co-owner of a swimming pool contracting company. Morgan specializes in taxes, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations and is an Affordable Care Act Specialist. "I love being able to directly impact the improvement of client's bottom lines."

Josh Olson, Lyndsay Orr, Morgan Siegal