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WK’s industry experience is a differentiating factor for the firm.

 

In addition to services provided to individuals, clients in eight separate industries benefit from compliance and consulting services the firm provides. This depth of experience has helped WK become a primary resource for clients that have more complex accounting and consulting needs.

To maintain a sharp focus in these industries, our people participate in industry-specific continuing professional education and are active members of industry trade associations and other organizations. Additionally, our people are given the opportunity to work in industries they prefer, creating teams of professionals that have a passion for serving a specific group of clients.

  • Agribusiness

    Williams-Keepers LLC is proud to serve as a local resource for agribusiness entities
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  • Construction & Real Estate

    Real estate developers and contractors require a special type of business advisor
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  • Family & Closely Held Business

    No matter where you are in the life of your business – WK can help!
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  • Financial Institutions

    Providing a full complement of compliance and specialty services to community banks
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  • Healthcare

    Keeping our clients focused on patient care
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  • Insurance

    Helping our clients navigate today’s regulatory environment
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  • Not-for-Profit Organizations

    WK associates have a clear understanding of the unique financial issues of NFPs
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Agribusiness
Construction & Real Estate
Family & Closely Held Business
Financial Institutions
Healthcare
Insurance
Not-for-Profit Organizations

Williams-Keepers LLC is proud to serve as a local resource for agribusiness entities


LEARN MORE

Real estate developers and contractors require a special type of business advisor


LEARN MORE

No matter where you are in the life of your business – WK can help!


LEARN MORE

Providing a full complement of compliance and specialty services to community banks


LEARN MORE

Keeping our clients focused on patient care


LEARN MORE

Helping our clients navigate today’s regulatory environment


LEARN MORE

WK associates have a clear understanding of the unique financial issues of NFPs


LEARN MORE

Here are a few of our awesome people

  • Shawn Barnes

    Director of Business Development and Recruiting

    "I truly enjoy working with people who place a high degree of value on helping the firm’s clients, each other and the communities we call home. That spirit is ingrained in everything we do at WK, and it provides me with a great sense of pride, confidence and optimism for our future."

    Shawn Barnes

  • Jennifer Backes

    Director of Marketing and Communications

    "I am so proud to call WK my home. The spirit of giving and our commitment to our clients, communities and colleagues is unparalleled. "

    Jennifer Backes

  • Ashley Fangmann, CPA

    Audit Manager

    Ashley Fangmann, CPA

  • Rhonda K. Bowne, CPA

    Tax Manager

    Rhonda K. Bowne, CPA

  • John E. Weaver, CPA

    WK Member

    John E. Weaver, CPA

  • Heidi A. Chick, CPA

    WK Member

    Heidi A. Chick, CPA

  • Leslie “Trae” Lorts, CPA, CVA

    WK Member

    "Every business and every business owner is unique. My best days always involve making a difference for them. Their decisions can be as simple as the timing of an operating transaction or involve the structure of a business sale. Knowing we make a difference and hearing their appreciation brings me back day after day. "

    Leslie “Trae” Lorts, CPA, CVA

  • Kirk Duncan, CPA

    Tax Manager

    Kirk Duncan, CPA

  • Arlys R. Kremer, CPA

    Tax Manager

    Arlys R. Kremer, CPA

  • John P. Vaclavek, CPA, CFE, CGMA

    WK Member

    "There’s always a new project with a new challenge. If yesterday’s project wasn’t challenging there is always a new one to look forward to. "

    John P. Vaclavek, CPA, CFE, CGMA

  • Chris Schneider, CPA, CVA

    Tax Manager

    "Working with and helping small business owners in Central Missouri is extremely rewarding and gives me a great sense of purpose in my career. I especially enjoy working alongside the energetic and exceptionally talented team at WK. "

    Chris Schneider, CPA, CVA

  • Nancy Hill, CPA

    Tax Manager

    Nancy Hill, CPA

  • Lee Merrick, CPA

    Audit Manager

    Lee Merrick, CPA

  • Jessica M. Lehmen, CPA

    WK Member

    "At WK I have the privilege of working with clients and colleagues who are successful members of our community. I get satisfaction from helping our clients plan for and work through complex tax and financial issues so that they can focus on the things that they enjoy. At WK, every client and every day is unique and full of opportunity."

    Jessica M. Lehmen, CPA

  • Jeremy E. Morris, CPA

    WK Member

    "I get to work with a team of bright, caring professionals who work to make a positive impact on our communities. This team takes great pride in not only making that impact through service to our clients, but through active involvement in community-wide leadership and service. I am blessed to work alongside a wide variety of outstanding clients and professionals who are deeply committed to leaving our communities better than we found them."

    Jeremy E. Morris, CPA

  • Troy D. Norton, CPA / ABV

    WK Member

    "I’ve chosen public accounting as a career because I enjoy helping clients succeed - assisting them with complex financial and operational matters. The variety of the clients, and their different industries and challenges, keeps it interesting and creates a continuous learning environment. I equally enjoy working with our great WK team members, watching them develop and grow and helping create great career opportunities."

    Troy D. Norton, CPA / ABV

  • Nicholas J. Mestres, CPA

    WK Member

    "The culture at WK mirrors our core values of Integrity, Caring, Helping, and Expertise. I often say we are a family at WK and firmly believe this is true. We truly care about each other and focus on serving each other and our clients. WK is my family, home."

    Nicholas J. Mestres, CPA

  • Jeffrey T. Echelmeier, CPA

    WK Member and Chief Executive Officer

    "There is great satisfaction in knowing that you are helping others. I feel like we are making a positive impact on the lives of our clients and staff every day at WK. Likewise, our commitment to the Mid-Missouri communities helps ensure that this continues to be a great place to live."

    Jeffrey T. Echelmeier, CPA

  • Ken Lange

    Director of Information Technology

    Ken Lange

  • Mark E. Gingrich, CPA, J.D.

    WK Member

    "I love to bring solutions to help people achieve their financial goals, help exciting transactions to go right, and help stressful times to feel less so. WK’s talented team of professionals inspires me, and I love the opportunity to help grow our team and help our team members grow. "

    Mark E. Gingrich, CPA, J.D.

  • Diane S. Smith

    Tax Manager

    Diane S. Smith

  • Jon C. Class, CPA

    WK Member

    Jon C. Class, CPA

  • Beth M. Fitzgerald, SHRM-CP

    Director of Human Resources

    Beth M. Fitzgerald, SHRM-CP

  • Lyle S. Rosburg, CPA

    Lyle S. Rosburg, CPA

  • Kathy A. Graessle, CPA

    WK Member

    Kathy A. Graessle, CPA

  • Michael J. Oldelehr, CPA

    WK Member

    Michael J. Oldelehr, CPA

  • Sara A. Palmer, CPA

    Tax Manager

    "I came to WK more than 30 years ago because of the quality reputation of the firm. I have stayed with WK because I have the opportunity every day to do challenging work with people that care about each other and care about our clients. I can’t imagine my professional life any way other than the WK way."

    Sara A. Palmer, CPA

  • Ryan P. Henry, CPA

    WK Member

    Ryan P. Henry, CPA

  • Debra Harrington, CPA

    Tax Manager

    Debra Harrington, CPA

  • Amanda M. Schultz, CPA

    WK Member

    "Developing strong relationships with my clients and co-workers is very important to me. I take great pride in those relationships because they allow me the opportunity to help others in a variety of ways, both personally and professionally."

    Amanda M. Schultz, CPA


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