Williams-Keepers LLC has a rich tradition of providing exemplary client services to clients located throughout Missouri and the surrounding region. In 2018, the firm was named to Inside Public Accounting as one of the Top 300 public accounting firms in the United States. Since its formation in 1923, WK has grown to include office locations in Columbia and Jefferson City and become one of the largest independently owned firms in the state of Missouri.
We built our practice on traditional audit, accounting and tax services, but we have much more to offer our clients. We provide estate planning, employee benefit consulting, business valuations, litigation support, cost segregation studies and numerous other services. WK serves the needs of clients in a variety of industries, including financial institutions, real estate developers, construction companies, healthcare organizations, governments, agribusinesses, not-for-profit organizations, higher education institutions and family businesses.
WK is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Allinial Global, an association of legally independent public accounting and consulting firms.
If your business is small and relatively uncomplicated, hiring an accountant who prepares your tax return and assists with basic accounting functions might work well. However, if your business is growing quickly, has more legs than an octopus, and faces multiple challenges each day, you might need something more – a trusted business advisor.
WK’s vision is to cultivate high-trust relationships with our clients so we can serve as your most trusted business advisors. We want you to view your WK advisors as helpers who can guide you whenever you are wrestling with an issue, no matter what it is. With the depth and breadth of resources we have at WK, it’s likely we can help you. But if we aren’t the best source of assistance for your problem, we can refer you to a banker, insurance agent, business broker or other consultants with the expertise you need. Our most fulfilling work comes from solving our clients’ problems in whatever way we can.
An accountant could be viewed as a historian, looking backward to help you understand what already happened. Your tax return is a picture of the previous year. Financial statements describe assets and liabilities from prior periods. Bookkeeping functions report activity that has already occurred.
But a trusted business advisor can help you look ahead to future opportunities. How can you minimize your tax liabilities going forward? What can you do to plan for growth, or to plan for the succession of your business? How can you structure your various business entities to minimize risk? We can work with you to ensure you make business moves with intention and advance planning.
Being proactive instead of reactive can save you time and money.
For example, we have spent months helping one client unravel an accounting mess, which we are happy to do when it’s needed. But we’d much rather help clients set up their accounting system the right way from the start, so you’ll have the accurate information you need to make better business decisions.
The members and associates at WK are passionate about the work we do. We derive a great deal of personal satisfaction from helping our clients be the best they can be. By helping you fulfill your needs as a business owner, we find fulfillment ourselves. So, if you are ready to work with a trusted business advisor, let us know a little about you, and we can match you with the WK advisors that best fit your industry, your needs and your personality.
Email us, or call (573) 442-6171 or (573) 635-6196. We can’t wait to get started!
Controller Services Manager
"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."
Retired WK Member
Director of Information Technology
"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. "
Clients may share information with the firm in the following formats:
1.) use of the firm’s client secure, website based portal and LeapFile system for the delivery of electronic documents; and
2.) delivery to the firm using the United States Postal Service or another commercial delivery service.
Click here for a short message from WK Chairman Jeff Echelmeier, CPA
Please call 573-635-6196 (Jefferson City), or 573-442-6171 (Columbia) if you have questions.