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According to Katie Brabec, CPA, a fateful high school field trip to a CPA firm ‘sealed the deal’ on her career choice. However, her love of Accounting was born when she was much younger.
Growing up on a farm in Colon, Nebraska, young Brabec enjoyed watching her father do the bookkeeping for the family farm and, when she was old enough, he passed the calculator to her.
“When I got old enough, my dad would let me add up the columns of income and expenses on the calculator and then he would double check my work,” she said. “I thought it was a lot of fun.”
In 2009, she joined Bland & Associates as a college intern and has since worked her way up to Manager in the Government Consulting, a position she achieved in 2016. In this role, Brabec serves federal agencies, performing various types of financial and compliance audits.
She graduated from Creighton University in 2010 with a BSBA in Accounting. Brabec is also a Certified Public Accountant.
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John Schulte, CPA says he has always been interested in numbers but taking a couple of Accounting classes in high school and college sparked his interest in pursuing a career in the field.
“In college, my first Accounting class was challenging, but I did well,” said Schulte. “It was then that I really started to realize it was a field in which I could have a fulfilling career.”
Schulte serves as a Manager in Bland’s Government Consulting department, a position he began in 2017. In this role, he runs the contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for our Managed Care Organizations’ cost report examinations and manages various other audits as well. In 2009, Schulte joined Bland & Associates as a Senior Accountant and was promoted to Supervisor in 2015.
He says the key to his success lies in open communication with the team and clients, as well as his ability to meet the client’s expectations and deadlines. He also sees the merit in always working to improve on the skills required to exceed client expectations.
“My ultimate goals are to teach and train my staff to be better auditors, and always exceed our clients’ expectations,” he said.
Born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Schulte earned a BSBA in Accounting from Creighton University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and has completed specific training regarding Medicare regulation, auditing, and compliance monitoring services.
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