Contact Jeremy at JVokt@BlandCPA.com
You could say Jeremy Vokt, CPA, Managing Partner, is passionate about Accounting. He says he’s always loved, not liked, LOVED numbers and knew he wanted to be a CPA since high school.
“As a kid, I would add up everything,” said Vokt. “I would add the nutrition facts on the cereal box like other kids searched for the prize or completed the puzzles.”
Born and raised across the river in Council Bluffs, he joined Bland & Associates, P.C. (Bland) in 2006 and serves as the head of the Audit & Assurance Department.
Vokt is a Bland Partner, more than anything else, he says his most important job is providing clients with outstanding service, professional advice, and unparalleled financial direction.
“It’s important that my clients see me as a partner who looks out for the best interests of their companies and not just a typical bean counter,” he said.
“Our clients expect me to translate their financial information into useful knowledge they can use to make sound business decisions,” he continued. “So, I take pride in being able to explain a company’s financial situation in plain English.”
Following his high school Business teacher’s advice, Vokt attended the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) because of its renowned, AACSB accredited Business and Accounting program.* In 1998, he earned his B.S. in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and he is also Accredited in Business Valuations (ABV), AICPA. Prior to joining Bland & Associates he served as a manager at Lutz & Company, P.C.
* AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.
Contact Jason at JTonjes@BlandGovConsulting.com
Jason Tonjes, CPA, CFE, the Director of Government Consulting at Bland, says he passionate about developing people and building teams to exhibit the core values of Commitment, Communication, Integrity and Trust, Leadership, Optimism and Passion, and Teamwork.
“I am an optimist and believe that all things, whether initially perceived as good or bad simply represent an opportunity to grow stronger, if we simply cooperate to benefit the greater good,” he said.
Bland is committed to improving the lives of Americans by providing oversight, analysis, and problem solving to inform, inspire and empower people to advance government performance.
Tonjes has a proven record of building high performing teams to deliver customer value. He fosters teamwork with a spirit of excellence by leading Bland’s government consulting services and cultivating a workplace that welcomes change, innovation, and problem-solving. Tonjes is passionate about improving health care and government performance by effectively managing complex, highly visible, and innovative projects pioneering the compliance, monitoring, and auditing of value-based care programs.
Contact Amanda at APontow@BlandGovConsulting.com
Bland Partner Amanda Pontow, CPA, says she enjoys the teamwork approach at the firm and finds it rewarding to develop long-lasting relationships with her clients.
“Public accounting has always been interesting to me as I am always learning and doing something new,” she said. “I truly enjoy working with our employees and fulfilling client expectations.”
Pontow currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Government Consulting Group and supports tactical growth in the health care consulting and advisory market. She has managed the contracts for some of the most innovative programs in the Federal Government, specializing in developing, in many cases, completely new compliance and audit solutions. She leads the Group in optimizing audit and compliance oversight processes to significantly reduce clients’ administrative burden while also striving to streamline processes across multiple CMS models and programs where possible. Pontow re-energized Bland’s Women’s Initiative (BWInRS) to inspire and encourage professional women to pursue career advancement and leadership opportunities. She is actively training, mentoring, and coaching Bland’s next generation of women leaders in the firm.
Contact Ryan at RMcLouth@BlandGovConsulting.com
Since joining Bland in 2007, Partner Ryan McLouth, says the primary reasons he enjoys working at Bland are the opportunities to play a meaningful part in changing health care, developing staff careers, and the cultural mindset to continuously search for innovative solutions to improve our client service and compliance posture.
“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.”
McLouth currently serves as the Compliance Officer for the firm and provides partner oversight and consulting for several of our clients. As Compliance Officer, he is responsible for overseeing the firm’s compliance with internal and external regulations, policies, and procedures. Maintaining integrity and protecting the data entrusted by our clients is at the forefront of the Compliance Officer and Security Officer’s mind. McLouth works with the Privacy Officer to ensure Bland has proper course of action to safeguard Protected Health Information and Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) Privacy and Security Rules and other regulatory bodies.
Contact Garrett at GGilbert@BlandGovConsulting.com
Mr. Garrett Gilbert, the Senior Director of Strategy at Bland, believes in unlocking value through innovative problem solving, strategic partnerships, process optimization, and focusing on opportunities to meaningfully create a better world.
“Through inclusivity and innovation, together we can improve lives and communities, in partnership with the government,” he said.
Gilbert is an innovative strategist with a history of solving complicated business challenges and framing effective solutions for Fortune 500 companies. With a demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of integrity, ethics, and quality, he focuses on leveraging insights to drive long term organic and inorganic growth to effect positive change.