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Labenz & Associates LLC - people and experience you can trust:

 

The goal in organizing Labenz & Associates was simple - to deliver comprehensive solutions-based tax, accounting and consulting services by having the knowledge and experience to make this goal a reality. We are accomplishing this goal by:

 

  • Combining the strengths of traditional tax and accounting services with long-term vision.
  • Being recognized as leaders in providing service to our clients.
  • Knowing our clients and committing to a long-term relationship.
  • Ensuring timely receipt of excellent service.


Professionals at Labenz & Associates are encouraged to be proactive and approach their work with a hands-on attitude. They have dedicated themselves to seeing that our clients receive consistently outstanding service.

 

Our people ...

"We are proud of our people ... and we are proud of our ability to provide prompt and responsive assistance to our clients and to coordinate our resources to meet our clients' needs and reporting timetables."

Our Team

Janet M. Labenz, Partner

jlabenz@labenz.com (402) 437-8384

Jan Labenz began her career in public accounting in 1975 and has worked extensively in the areas of individual taxation, banking, trust services and closely-held companies. Her experience includes assistance with tax planning, acquisitions, reorganizations, employee benefits and estate planning.

Jan is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds a Master of Science in Education degree. In 1997, she was honored with an induction into the University's School of Accountancy Hall of Fame. Jan has served as a course instructor for the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants, KPMG LLP national training courses and the Bank Administration Institute-Wisconsin School of Banking. She has also been a speaker at seminars sponsored by the Nebraska Bankers Association, the American Bankers Association and various other professional and civic organizations.

In addition, Jan received an Accreditation in Business Valuation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1999 and was Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 2008.

Jan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants. Jan's current and previous community activities include board positions with the Lincoln Community Foundation, Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, University of Nebraska Foundation, Lincoln Symphony Foundation, American Red Cross, Bryan Health Board of Trustees and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Accountancy Advisory Board.

Ronald K. Jester, Partner

rjester@labenz.com (402) 437-8385

Ron began his public accounting career in 1985 and focuses his efforts on personal and business taxation with a specialization in agriculture, real estate, banking, closely-held businesses and state taxation. Ron's business and banking experience includes mergers and acquisitions, regulatory consulting and compliance services.

Ron holds a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, in addition, has received the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.

Ron has served as president of the Nebraska Chapter and treasurer of the North Central Regional Council of the Institute of Management Accountants and on the Board of Directors of Isco, Inc. He previously served on the Board of the Groundwater Foundation and on the Board of Trustees of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Accountancy. He currently serves on the board of the St. Paul United Methodist Church Foundation. Ron is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Kristian H. Rutford, Partner

krutford@labenz.com (402) 437-8393

Kris began his career in public accounting in 1981 and has worked in the areas of personal and business taxation, with a specialization in banking, closely-held businesses and trust services. Kris joined Labenz & Associates in January 2006. His prior experience with an international accounting firm provides a wide-breadth of experience with tax compliance and consulting services.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was a member of Leadership Lincoln Class VI. Kris received his Accreditation in Business Valuation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 2009.

Kris currently serves as the president for the Food Bank of Lincoln Foundation and is a Board member of the Nebraska Sports Council. He has been active in the community as a board member of Lincoln Rotary Club #14 and has served as president of the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County. Kris is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Lincoln Estate Planning Council.

Richard J. Labenz, Partner

rlabenz@labenz.com (402) 437-8397

Rich Labenz joined Labenz & Associates in 2010. He began his accounting career in 1978 following graduation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Rich specializes in corporate taxation and has assisted clients in a number of different industries, including financial services, trucking, manufacturing, insurance and agricultural-related businesses. His experience encompasses all phases of U.S. and international tax planning, with a significant emphasis in financial reporting, including FAS 109 and FIN 48.

Rich's prior experience with an international accounting firm included providing a broad range of tax services, including compliance planning and representation before the Internal Revenue Service. He also advised clients on many transactions, both on the buy and sell side, including tax due diligence and tax structuring advice.

Rich currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Nebraska Foundation and on the Advisory Board to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Accountancy. In addition, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Kirk D. Hovendick, Partner

khovendick@labenz.com (402) 437-8398

Kirk Hovendick began his public accounting career in 1983 and specializes in tax compliance and consulting for individuals, financial institutions, S corporations, transportation companies and other privately-held clients. He joined Labenz & Associates in 2010. Kirk's experience with an international accounting firm included tax return compliance, strategic planning, representation before taxing authorities, state taxation and consultation on regulatory issues.

Kirk's professional and industry experience enables him to provide a broad range of tax services to Labenz & Associates' clients, including both tax compliance and tax planning, tax provision support and representation before the Internal Revenue Service. In the past, he has advised clients on many transactions, including tax due diligence and providing tax structuring advice.

Kirk received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Kirk's current and previous community activities include board positions with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Accountancy Advisory Board, Fellowship of Christian Athletes State Board, Nebraska Trucker's Association Accounting and Finance Council, Nebraska Alpha Alumni Association for the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Lincoln Sports Promotion Council and the Business Team for his church. In addition, Kirk is on the Board for the Adams Bank & Trust and has been active in the Boys Scouts of America.

Vonita L. Wood

vwood@labenz.com (402) 437-8386

Vonnie Wood is a senior manager providing tax consulting and compliance services to Labenz & Associates clients. She specializes in business, individual and fiduciary taxation, as well as not-for profit organizations.

Vonnie began her career in public accounting in 1981 following graduation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with an emphasis in accounting and a minor in mathematics.

In addition to her membership in the Lincoln Estate Planning Council, she is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Vonnie Wood is a Senior member of the American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals (ASCSP). ASCSP is a professional organization committed to establishing the technical and ethical standards for the cost segregation industry through education, testing and certification. For more information visit www.ascsp.org.

Pamela S. Sheets

psheets@labenz.com (402) 437-8392

Pam Sheets is a senior manager with Labenz and Associates providing accounting and tax services to clients of the firm. She joined Labenz & Associates in 1999.

Pam attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. She is a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Pam's areas of specialization include preparation of individual and fiduciary tax returns and consulting services.

Travis W. Pritchett

tpritchett@labenz.com (402) 437-8390

Travis Pritchett joined the firm in 2013 as a senior manager. Travis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Travis has over 13 years of experience with an international accounting firm, including providing tax compliance and consulting services to public and privately-held businesses across several industries.

Travis currently serves as a Junior Achievement volunteer and a TeamMates mentor. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Kristin K. Carlson

kcarlson@labenz.com (402) 437-8346

Kristin Carlson began her accounting career in 2007 with an international accounting firm. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Kristin joined Labenz & Associates in 2010. Her experience includes tax compliance, multi-state taxation and the preparation of financial statements.

Kristin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a manager of the firm.

Debra K. Kisker

dkisker@labenz.com (402) 437-8389

Deb Kisker joined Labenz & Associates early in 1999 after a career with the Internal Revenue Service in both Lincoln and Grand Island. As a tax auditor for the IRS, Deb examined various Federal individual income tax returns, provided assistance in the Taxpayer Service Division and instructed continuing education courses for peers within the IRS.

Deb graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Deb provides Labenz & Associates' clients with tax return preparation and consulting services. Deb is a senior associate of the firm.

Susan E. Lewis

slewis@labenz.com 402-437-8396

Susan was an associate with the firm from January 2007 through April 2014. She rejoined Labenz & Associates as senior associate during January 2016.

Susan attended McCook Community College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in May 1987.

She assists in the preparation of Federal and state income tax returns.

Anthony J. Faris

tfaris@labenz.com (402) 437-8380

Tony Faris is a senior associate with Labenz & Associates. He graduated in August 2009 from Doane College, Crete, Nebraska, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting.

Tony joined Labenz & Associates in January 2007 as a tax season intern. He subsequently joined the firm as a full-time employee in April 2010.

Jeffrey W. Sheets

jsheets@labenz.com (402) 437-8349

Jeff joined Labenz & Associates in 2013 following graduation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he graduated with high distinction and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a minor in math and finance.

He has been an intern at Labenz & Associates since January 2011. He assists with the preparation of Federal and state income tax returns and valuation services.

Michael R. Abramson

mabramson@labenz.com (402) 437-8345

Mike Abramson joined Labenz & Associates in 2013 following graduation from the Hastings College. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting, with a minor in mathematics.

He assists in the preparation of compiled and reviewed financial statements, along with the preparation of Federal and state income tax returns.

Christopher A. Labenz

clabenz@labenz.com (402) 437-8381

Chris joined Labenz & Associates in 2013 following graduation from the University of Nebraska College of Law, where he graduated with distinction. Chris's undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was awarded highest distinction in 2010.

He assists with litigation support, valuation services, business planning and preparation of Federal and state income tax returns.

Brette D. Gebers

bgebers@labenz.com 402-437-8347

Brette joined Labenz & Associates in February 2013 as a tax season intern and accepted a full-time position after completing her undergraduate degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness.

Brette assists with the preparation of Federal and state income tax returns, specializing in estates and trusts.

Andrew D. Armstrong

aarmstrong@labenz.com 402-437-8383

Andrew joined Labenz & Associates in September 2015 following graduation from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, with a minor in criminal justice.

He assists with the preparation of Federal and state income tax returns, along with the preparation of compiled and reviewed financial statements.

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