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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

(402) 437-8384

Over her public accounting career, Jan Labenz has assisted her clients in the areas of taxation, valuation, litigation support, retirement, estate and succession planning. Areas of specialization include individuals, closely-held companies, banking and fiduciary taxation.

Jan is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds a Master of Science 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 Orchestra Foundation, American Red Cross, Bryan Health and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Accountancy Advisory Board.

Ronald K. Jester, Partner

(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 boards of the St. Paul United Methodist Church Foundation and the Food Bank of Lincoln. Ron is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Kristian H. Rutford, Partner

(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 and closely-held businesses. Kris joined Labenz & Associates in January 2006. His prior experience with an international accounting firm provides a broad array of experience with tax compliance and consulting services.

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

Kris has been active in the community as a board member and President of numerous organizations, including the Food Bank of Lincoln and the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County. He was a member of Leadership Lincoln Class VI. 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

(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, real estate, telecommunications and agricultural-related businesses. His experience encompasses all phases of U.S. tax planning, with a significant emphasis in financial reporting, including ASC 740 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 is a Trustee member for both the University of Nebraska Foundation and Lincoln Community Foundation, and also serves as Audit Committee Chair for a Property Casualty Insurance Company headquartered in Nebraska. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Kirk D. Hovendick, Partner

(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 has been active in the Boys Scouts of America.

Vonita L. Wood, Partner

(402) 437-8386

Vonnie Wood is a partner 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 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, Partner

(402) 437-8392

Pam Sheets is a partner with Labenz & Associates providing services in the areas of taxation and consulting to clients of the firm. Pam’s areas of specialization include individual and fiduciary taxation, and personal financial planning. She joined Labenz & Associates in 1999.

Pam graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants. Pam holds her Personal Financial Specialist credential from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is also an associate member of the Lincoln Estate Planning Council.

Pam has been involved in a variety of community volunteer activities. She currently serves as the treasurer of the Lincoln Parks Foundation.

Travis W. Pritchett, Partner

(402) 437-8390

Travis Pritchett began his career in public accounting in 1999 with an international accounting firm and joined Labenz & Associates in 2013. Travis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accountancy degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Travis provides tax compliance and consulting services to corporate, pass-through and individual clients. He has experience in several industries, including financial services, manufacturing, transportation, technology and agriculture. Travis also has provided several clients with representation before the Internal Revenue Service.

Travis has significant experience in ASC 740 and ASC 740-10. He specializes in providing tax provision assistance for both public and privately-held companies, but primarily focuses on assistance with mid-market companies.

Travis is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, he has volunteered with Junior Achievement of Lincoln and the TeamMates programs. Travis is also a current member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Accountancy Advisory Board.

Kristin K. Carlson

(402) 437-8346

Kristin Carlson is a senior manager with Labenz & Associates, providing services in business and individual tax compliance and consulting services, multi-state business taxation and compilation and review of financial statements.

Kristin began her career in public accounting in 2007 following graduation from the Nebraska Wesleyan University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in communication. She joined Labenz & Associates in 2010.

Kristin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants. Her current and previous community activities include a finance board position with Fresh Start and member of Nebraska Wesleyan University Alumni Executive Council.

Jeffrey W. Sheets

(402) 437-8349

Jeff served as an intern of the firm during his college years and joined Labenz & Associates full time in 2013 following graduation with high distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a minor in math and finance. He also holds a Master of Professional Accountancy degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jeff, a manager with the firm, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants. He assists with preparation and review of Federal and state income tax returns, compilation and review of financial statements and valuation services.

Jeff is involved in a variety of community organizations. He currently serves as the treasurer of the Friends of Nebraska Dyslexia Association, as a board member of the Lincoln Children’s Museum and as a member of the UNL School of Accountancy Junior Advisory Board.

Michael R. Abramson

(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.

Mike, a manager with the firm, specializes in the preparation of compiled and reviewed financial statements, tax consulting and the preparation of Federal and state income tax returns. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Debra K. Kisker

(402) 437-8389

Deb Kisker joined Labenz & Associates 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 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Deb is active in the Lincoln community with programs associated with her church and other Christian education activities.

Deb provides Labenz & Associates' clients with Federal and state individual and fiduciary income tax return preparation and related consulting services. Deb is a senior associate of the firm.

Susan E. Lewis

402-437-8396

Susan Lewis is now a senior associate with Labenz & Associates and initially joined the firm in 2007. Susan graduated in 1987 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

She assists in the preparation of individual and fiduciary income tax returns, compilation and review of financial statements and business valuation services. Susan is a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Collin M. Phelps

(402) 437-8380

Collin Phelps is a senior associate and joined Labenz & Associates in August 2017. He graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration, along with a Master of Accountancy degree in December 2014.

Collin has three years of experience in the audit and assurance field. He now assists with the preparation of Federal and state income tax returns, along with providing compilation and review services. Collin is a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants and is involved with the finance team at his church.

Corey J. Labenz

(402) 437-8381

Corey Labenz is a senior associate and joined Labenz & Associates in October 2018. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Following graduation, he earned a Master of Science in Accountancy degree with an emphasis on taxation from the University of Notre Dame.

Corey has Big Four tax accounting experience, with an emphasis on pass-through entities. He assists with tax consulting and in the preparation of Federal and state income tax returns.

He is a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants. In the community, Corey is a member of the Junior Achievement Young Professionals Board.

Karli M. Flanders

(402) 437-8383

Karli Flanders joined the firm as an intern during college and became an associate in January 2020. She attended North Platte Community College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and Master of Professional Accountancy degree in December 2019.

Karli assists with preparation of Federal and state individual and fiduciary income tax returns.

Leanna L. Smith

(402) 437-8383

Leanna Smith served as an intern with the firm throughout her college career and became an associate in January 2020. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Master of Professional Accountancy degree.

Leanna assists with the preparation of Federal and state income tax returns.

Carl I. Heinicke

(402) 437-8383

Carl Heinicke joined the firm in November 2019. Prior to becoming an associate at Labenz & Associates, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Nebraska Wesleyan University in May 2017. He has worked over two years in public accounting, building his experience in auditing, financial statements and tax return preparation.

Carl assists with the preparation of Federal and state income tax returns.

Christopher A. Labenz

(402) 437-8383

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.