Bland & Associates Announces Four New Partners
Bland & Associates, P.C. (Bland), an Omaha Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firm, is pleased to announce four employees have been promoted to Partner within the company.
According to Managing Partner, Jeremy Vokt, “Myself and everyone at Bland are extremely pleased about the promotions of these four individuals. These four have not only grown as individuals at Bland but have helped grow the firm to where we are today. And these promotions are well deserved. We look forward to seeing them continue to grow and show success.”
Read the following biographies to learn more about the company’s recently promoted leaders.
KAILEY RISKOWSKI – PARTNER, AUDIT & ASSURANCE/LONG-TERM CARE
Kailey Riskowski, CPA, CHFP, attributes her career choice to Bland. In 2004, she was a first-year Political Science major at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO). At the same time, she started working part-time as an Administrative Assistant for the firm, which would introduce her to the possibilities of a career in Accounting. Riskowski first joined Bland full-time after earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from UNO in 2009. She was promoted to Manager of the Audit and Assurance Department in 2014 and named Director in November 2017.
Riskowski primarily works with long-term care clientele (both not-for-profit organizations and closely held businesses). More specifically, she oversees assurance services, Medicaid and Medicare cost report preparation, and consulting engagements. In her role as Partner, she will continue to help health care providers manage and oversee their financial and operational issues while they try to navigate a constantly evolving regulatory environment. Riskowski is also a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP), a certification achieved through successfully completing the program offered by Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
New Partner Kailey stated, “Bland continuously invests in their employees and I am eager to see the payoff on these promotions. We are a motivated group that is excited about the future of this firm.”
RYAN MCLOUTH – PARTNER, GOVERNMENT CONSULTING
Ryan McLouth, CPA, CFE, joined Bland in 2007 and was named Manager in the Government Consulting Department in 2014 and then promoted to Director in 2017. McLouth, a newly promoted Partner, and his team primarily work on Medicare examinations and developing new audit procedures to help the government monitor new programs. The team’s goals include helping the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) identify fraud, waste and abuse; providing recommendations to CMS for process improvements; and educating model participants on compliance requirements. As compliance officer, Ryan oversees the firm’s compliance department in its efforts to mitigate security and privacy risks. Born and raised in Omaha, McLouth earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Creighton University in 2004. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Project Management Professional (PMP), and CPA.
JAMIE BREWER – PARTNER, TAX
Jamie Brewer, CPA, joined Bland in 2010 and was promoted to Manager of the Tax Department in 2014 and Director in 2017. She serves a number of industries, including construction, real estate, retail, medical, and service. Her experience includes corporations, pass-through entities, family-owned and closely held businesses, high net worth individuals, SALT, and payroll taxation. She also represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service and Nebraska Department of Revenue and other state tax authorities.
Brewer says her career focus is on building strong relationships, maintaining quick response times, and delivering great services. She is a CPA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007.
NIKKI SNOW – PARTNER, TAX
Nikki Snow, CPA, specializes in providing tax advice and preparation services to real estate, construction, and service industry clients as well as closely held companies, non-profits, and high net worth individuals. More specifically, she handles multi-state income tax reporting, tax consulting, and tax planning services. She is also in charge of the firm’s continuing education and training for the Tax Department.
Snow joined Bland in 2013 in a supervisor role. She was promoted to Manager in 2014 then promoted to Director in November 2017. Prior to joining the Bland family, she held positions in various firms, including stints in Sioux City, Iowa, and Nashville, Tennessee, as well as a few Omaha-based organizations. Born and raised in Omaha, Snow earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentration in Accounting and Management from Midland University in 2002.
New Partner Nikki said, “Bland is a company that prides itself on being different from the norm—its innovative, progressive, and anything but stuffy,” said Snow. “I think having more women in leadership positions will continue to help set us apart.”