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Kailey Riskowski, CPA, attributes her career choice to Bland & Associates. In 2004, she was a first-year Political Science major at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO). At the same time, she started working part-time as an administrative assistant for the firm that would introduce her to the possibilities of a career in Accounting.
“When I started at Bland, I found that I really enjoyed the audit or tax work I would get the occasional opportunity to work on,” she said. “I signed up for my first Accounting class the next year, and here I am, 12 years later.”
Riskowski first joined Bland & Associates full-time after earning a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from UNO in 2009. She has since worked her way up to Manager of the Audit and Assurance Department, a role she began in 2014. In this role, she primarily works with long-term care clientele, not-for-profit organizations, and closely-held businesses.
She says her goal and favorite part of being an Accountant is helping clients with the financial and regulatory aspects of their business and she also loves the ever-present challenge of the work.
“I have a genuine desire to help our clients, the ability to be thorough and a need to be challenged and learn new things,” said Riskowski. “This is the perfect fit!”
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Ryan McLouth says he first went into Accounting to prove his college roommate wrong. He said McLouth wouldn’t do well in the subject. In the end, he ended up majoring in Accounting because he found he both enjoyed and excelled at it. He could also see all the opportunities to do work he enjoyed, while helping others along the way.
“The particular area I work in has given me the opportunity to help identify fraud waste and abuse in the health care industry,” McLouth said. “I’m also able to help younger staff develop their careers, pay it forward.”
He joined Bland & Associates in 2007 and was named Manager in the Government Consulting department in 2014. McLouth and his team primarily work on Medicare examinations and developing new audit procedures to help the government monitor new programs. The goal is to help the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) identify fraud, waste and abuse and provide recommendations for process improvements.
McLouth says his personal, professional goal is to provide reliable, timely and meaningful results and to help identify areas of improvement for his clients.
“I strongly believe in the motto to be better today than you were yesterday,” he said. “You can never stop learning or improving and I strive to pass that on to my clients and my peers.”
Born and raised in Omaha, McLouth earned a BA/BS in Accounting from Creighton University in 2004. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) as well as a Certified Public Accountant. As for his college roommate, McLouth says he really proved him wrong!
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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.