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Bland Director Kevin Hughes, CPA, remembers feeding his love of numbers by figuring out baseball stats when he was young, before such facts were readily available. He also understands doing his job well is about so much more than numbers.
“I have always been a numbers guy, but I know it is equally, if not more important to build relationships with peers as well as clients,” said Hughes.
“I make a constant effort to treat people with respect and add a more personal approach to how I work with others, teaching clients and training peers with relevant explanations and anecdotes,” he continued.
Hughes joined Bland & Associates in 2004 as a Manager and was made a Director in 2014. He serves as a leader in the firm’s Government Consulting Department, playing a valuable role in its significant growth. As such he supervises large teams and coordinates the communication processes between Bland, government agencies, and teaming partners. He is also involved with the firm’s governmental professional standards review process.
Kevin was born and raised Omaha and attributes his strong work ethic to his parents who were both raised in small, Nebraska farming communities. He earned a B.A. in Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1981 and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining Bland, Hughes worked for Herbert & White, P.C., 1981-2004.
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Lena Pierson, CPA says she originally had her heart set on a career in Medicine. Thankfully, her dad intervened and suggested Accounting.
“It turns out that debits and credits fascinate me, and I get squeamish every time I see blood – so it’s good thing I gave it a try!” said Pierson.
As a Bland & Associates Director, Pierson primarily directs various projects and client relationships for contracts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in our Government Consulting Department.
According to Pierson, beyond assets and liabilities, she works diligently to anticipate client needs, always striving to stay one step ahead.
“At Bland, we focus on being a true partner and doing the absolute best for our clients,” she said. “You can’t do that without getting to know your client on a professional and personal level and deeply caring about your client’s well-being.”
Born and raised in Russia, Pierson first came to the United States as part of a high school exchange program, and was placed with a family in Minneapolis to attend South High School for a year. She earned a BS in Economics, with a specialization in Banking, at the Chita Branch of the State Irkutsk Economic Academy of Russia in 2000. Returning to the United States, Pierson earned a BS in Business Administration from Northern Michigan University in 2002. She joined Bland & Associates the same year and was named a Director in 2014. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
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Hilary Allen, CPA, says she enjoys Accounting because the field offers surprisingly varied tasks and requires attention to detail to ensure amounts reconcile and regulations are followed, things that play into her strengths. She grew up on a farm outside of Stanton, Iowa and applies the same work ethic to her role at Bland & Associates.
“As a farm kid from southwest Iowa, I know how to work hard and am not afraid to get my hands dirty,” said Allen.
“I follow through on commitments, deliver what is promised, and build credibility for long-term client relationships,” she continued. “Ultimately, I strive to provide opportunities for clients to grow and succeed.”
She joined Bland & Associates in 2001, after earning her B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from Midland University in Fremont. Allen was made Director of Quality Control in Bland’s Government Consulting department in 2015. She is a Certified Public Accountant and specializes in various types of financial and compliance audits of healthcare organizations that receive Medicare funding.
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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 and promoted to Director in 2017. 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!