Troy McKinney, CPA, CAP
My first job as a child was detasseling corn.
My first prepared tax return was under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at University of Northern Iowa.
Once at a high school state dual wrestling match I wrestled an entire match with a broken wrist and came back to win in overtime.
|McKinney started his career at Bland in 1998. He left the firm in 2000 to pursue an interest as a controller in a few private businesses, including MECA and Tighton Tools & Fasteners, before returning to Bland & Associates in 2006. He became a partner in 2008. He has previously served as a controller for two local companies in the private sector which provides special insight into company operations and finances. This allows him to provide operational analysis to owners managing cash flow, preparing businesses to sell and considering merger or acquisition opportunities.
With a mother as an accountant, McKinney said the line of work was an easy choice for him. Originally from Newton, Iowa, he graduated from the University of Northern Iowa’s AACSB Accredited Business and Accounting program* with a B.S. in Accounting in 1998. He became a licensed CPA in 1999 and completed the AICPA tax levels program in 2005. In 2009, McKinney graduated from the BKR Leadership Institute program, a two-year program designated for CPA shareholders. In 2016, he completed the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) which provides him with the knowledge and tools he needs to help clients articulate and advance their highest aspirations for self, family, and society. CAP holders become members of a growing network of top planners who are working to make our towns and cities better places to live for generations to come. He previously held Series 7, 66 and Life and Health insurance licenses, however, he allowed these to lapse to focus on providing tax services. McKinney recently obtained his Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS).
McKinney stated the secret to his success is living by one of Bland’s core values, striving to be better today than yesterday.
“There is so much that goes in to making an accounting firm successful, from handling client relationships, meeting your staff expectations, as well as dealing with the federal and state regulatory oversight agencies,” he stated.
* AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.