What to Expect

Emily Cornaire, CPA

Tax Manager

I chose The LBA Group because I liked the fact that so many of the managers here were from the Big 4 and I knew I would learn a lot from them, yet not have to deal with the arduous ways of the large firms. I was hired as an intern and am now a manager. I feel that I have grown on every professional front and the experience has been challenging but also very rewarding. The work environment has been encouraging and supportive. The executive leadership of the firm is constantly striving to create an environment that allows balance between our professional and personal priorities. The clients are usually entrepreneurs who have built their businesses from the ground up. They are hard workers and look to us for peace of mind on the more technical aspects of the accounting world.

Carol Stephens, EA

Senior Tax Associate

My career at The LBA Group started through a personal friend who also happened to be a firm employee. He asked me if I would be interested in working during tax season. However due to our mutual needs at that time we agreed upon me becoming LBA’s first flex/part-time employee. That was on September 19, 1989. Through the next few years our mutual needs changed and my part-time employment increased in hours until I obtained full-time status.

My job responsibilities include preparation and review of personal, trust and gift tax returns, among a variety of other returns and reports; training staff in these areas; and handling numerous tax matter issues for our clients with the IRS and various states. I am able to represent clients before the IRS and states due to my certification as an Enrolled Agent.

I have been privileged to see the firm grow and change in a positive direction over the years. The single most important factor for me as an employee that has contributed to my staying with the firm is how they treat their employees and everyone with whom they come in contact. My description of the partners is that they live and practice the golden rule in all walks of their lives. I just love my job, the people that I come in contact with, both fellow employees and clients and the overall friendly, caring and positive atmosphere of the firm. I plan to stay with The LBA Group until my retirement days begin.

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