Jim Hearne Retirement
"We built this Firm on the foundation that excellent client service is our principal characteristic." – Jim Hearne
Jim Hearne, CPA, CGFM is retiring July 31, 2015 after almost 43 years in public accounting. He has served as Managing Partner at McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP since 2000. Jane Moran, taking on Jim's role as Managing Partner of the Firm, added, "While we cannot replace Jim and what he has meant to our MHP family, we will all strive to ensure the legacy that he has been instrumental in developing will continue. Thank you, Jim."
Jim was born in Hanna, Wyoming, grew up in Laramie, and attended the University of Wyoming. In his senior year, Jim interviewed with the firm of Rabb, Roush & Gaymon based in Cheyenne and was hired upon graduating with his accounting degree in 1972. Jim was committed to remaining in Cheyenne, building a sound and reputable accounting practice, being involved in the community, and raising his family; that commitment has been fulfilled in abundant measure.
The McGladrey family of firms underwent several name and structural changes over the years until McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP (MHP) purchased the Cheyenne office from McGladrey in 2000. Under Jim's leadership, MHP has been able to maintain a connection with McGladrey as a member of the McGladrey Alliance, which has enhanced continuing education, client service, and a national networking base for the Partnership and staff. Amid the evolution of the predecessor firms and MHP over the last four decades, the "constant" has been Jim. Ken Dugas, a fellow partner and long-time friend, shared, "Jim has been a mentor of mine for over 34 years and has provided me such tremendous counsel and guidance. Client service and the relationships he has grown in Cheyenne and the State of Wyoming are personal values of Jim's that he has woven into the business values of MHP."
Jim Hearne has always been humble, a man of fewer words than most, and yet has motivated so many with his words, whether listening to him in a large public gathering or chatting in his office. He maintains a broad vision and his innate leadership skills inspire a shared vision. Russ Hay, also a fellow partner, added, "Even though Jim maintained a very busy schedule, he would always take time to listen to understand your concerns and questions. He was committed to help those coming up through the ranks to develop the skillset to make themselves and our clients a success. He will leave a void in our profession." Jim takes great pride in his commitment to his profession, his community, his faith, and his family. He has served in so many capacities in his nearly half century career but, for those who have had the privilege of working with him, Jim will continue to serve as mentor, role model, and friend.
Jim is a respected member of the accounting community in Wyoming and has provided his clients with a full range of audit and accounting services. Jim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Wyoming Society of Certified Public Accountants (WYOCPA), the national accounting fraternity Beta Alpha Psi, and has served on the State of Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants. In 1987, Jim received the "Wyoming Public Service Award" from the AICPA and the WYOCPA. The University of Wyoming College of Business awarded Jim the "Distinguished Alumni Award" in 1997.
Jim is a beloved member of the Cheyenne community. He has a passion for this community and is well known for his involvement in numerous civic organizations and our military community. He is an Honorary Commander of the Wyoming National Guard and attended the National Security Forum in Montgomery, Alabama last Spring. Jim is looking forward to maintaining his presence in our community by way of the Cheyenne Rotary Club, Cheyenne Leads, Cheyenne Frontier Days, and the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, where he just wrapped up a highly successful year as Board Chairman. The community has honored his nearly half century of service with awards that include the "Person of the Year" in 1989 and the "Small Business Advocate of the Year" in 1999, both awarded by the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, and the "Big Wyo Award" in 1993 from the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association. Jim was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame in 2006.
In addition to being a brilliant CPA, Jim is also an accomplished rancher and manages the family ranch with his brother. He is an avid 'Cowboys' fan and goes to Laramie as often as possible to cheer on his alma mater. Jim and his wife, Peggy, hope to enjoy the ranch, travel a bit, and spend more time with family, particularly their children, grandchildren, and great grandchild. Retirement will be a challenge for Jim but it is clear that he will continue to juggle numerous irons in the fire in addition to those found at the ranch.