School of Accountancy Alumni Updates
Graduates from the Brigham Young University School of Accountancy aren’t simply crunching numbers; they’re managing businesses, gaining national attention, and serving in their communities. Read about the alumni’s accomplishments, as highlighted in the Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 issues of Marriott Alumni Magazine.
For thirty years Ivan Leroy Likes ran his own business as a certified public accountant and spent twelve years with Colorado Western Insurance Company, where he was CFO. In this position he guided the property and casualty insurance company through a nine-year liquidation process. He also held the title of CFO at the Home Buyers Warranty Corporation. Likes is now taking his well-earned retirement to serve with his wife, Christia, as senior missionaries at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial. They make their permanent home in Aurora, Colorado, where Likes enjoys hiking and golfing. An avid athlete, Likes was a Senior Games track and field competitor. He earned his BS in accounting in 1962 and his MS in business management in 1963, both at BYU. He and Christia have five children, nineteen grandchildren, and two great-grandsons.
Alum Doug Turley has his head in the finance game and his feet on the local basketball court. Turley is senior vice president at Capital Group Private Client Services, a privately held investment management firm in Los Angeles, where he has worked since 1998. Turley has also held positions with First Interstate Bank, the law offices of Brentnall P. Turley, Intervision Mortgage Company, and el Banco Nacional de México. He founded the La Cañada Sports Association, a youth community basketball group, and served as its advisor. He is now an advisory board member for the nonprofit organization Operation Underground Railroad, which helps rescue children from human trafficking, and a board member and past chair for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pasadena, California. At BYU he received his BA in accounting in 1978 and MBA in 1980. Turley plays recreational and tournament five-on-five basketball and is into road cycling when he’s off the court. He and his wife, Victoria, have five children and five grandchildren and live in La Cañada Flintridge, California.
Since 2005 Kenneth Acker has been making sure the finances of Standard Optical Company and Opticare of Utah are as crystal clear as their glasses. Acker is CFO for both Standard Optical, which has eighteen retail locations and one LASIK surgery center, and its sister company, Opticare of Utah, which provides limited health insurance plans for vision coverage. He has previously worked in varying accounting roles for Northwest Pipeline, Grand Valley Gas, Leucadia Film, and SandStar Entertainment. Acker holds three degrees: an associate’s in prelaw from Ricks College in 1981, a bachelor’s in accounting from BYU in 1985, and an MBA from Utah State University in 2003; he is also a CPA. He has served with the Utah Association of CPAs for eight years as a chairman and with the city of Taylorsville, Utah, for nine years on the budget committee and two years on the economic development committee. He and his wife, Gina, live in Taylorsville and have four children and two grandchildren. His hobbies include golf, cycling, soccer, football, reading, and travel.
Providing complete lawn-care services has done more than make the grass greener for Lisa Bowen Baird. She started Baird Boys Lawn Care fourteen years ago to teach her seven children how to work hard, and her efforts paid off in another kind of green, providing for her kids’ college expenses in addition to teaching them business skills. Baird graduated from BYU in 1987 with a BS in accounting. A CPA by trade, Baird has worked as an auditor for Touche Ross, as CFO of Video III, and as the owner of her own accounting business. She has served as president of her local Parent Teacher Organization and is the treasurer for the Washington association of American Mothers. Her hobbies include photography, travel, biking, and cooking. She and her husband, Glen, reside with their family in Spokane, Washington.
For the third year running, Jeff Roundy has received national press for his finance savvy. In February 2014 he was again named one of America’s top advisors by Barron’s magazine. This annual state-by-state listing includes 1,200 of the best of the best in advising. Roundy is senior vice president of wealth management at Merrill Lynch and has been with the company nearly twenty years. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Marriott School in 1992. Though work often finds him in the office, Roundy’s hobbies take him outdoors; he enjoys competing in triathlons, trail running, and skiing and recently finished the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run. Roundy and his wife, Cindy, have six children and live in North Salt Lake, Utah.
Accountants are needed in all climates— even tropical ones. Alum Annie Brown lives in Jamaica, working as the senior accountant for D’Marick and Morgan Limited. She holds several degrees: an AS in accounting, computers, and economics from Ricks College in 1991; a MAcc from the Marriott School in 1996; and an MBA from Utah State University in 2001. In addition to playing the piano, Brown loves reading and writing books. She has already published two of the four books she has authored.
Tracking a shipment of lobster is no easy task, especially when you’re juggling finances for a restaurant franchise. For companies like Luke’s Lobster in New York, Morgan Harris brings enterprise resource-planning software to the table. Harris cofounded Restaurant365 with another Marriott School alum, Tony Smith, who graduated in 2003 with a BS in business management, information systems emphasis. The company’s offering is cloud-based and tailored to the needs of multi-unit businesses. Harris is a partner with the company and VP of sales. He has also worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Harris earned his BS in accounting in 1997 from the Marriott School. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have five kids and live in San Clemente, California. He enjoys paddleboard surfing, mountain biking, golfing, traveling, and wrestling with his kids.
When General Electric acquired a new business, they brought in alum Greg Dunn to be the global senior controller for the $700 million segment known as GE Oil & Gas Artificial Lift. Prior to his promotion in May 2013, he was working as assistant controller of GE Oil & Gas Measurement & Control in Reno, Nevada. He has been with GE since 2010. He previously worked for eBay and Ernst & Young. Dunn graduated from the Marriott School in 2002 with a BS in accounting. He and his wife, Alison, have four children and live in Oklahoma City. He enjoys cycling, competitive running, and basketball, spending most of his time on the court as a youth basketball coach.
This past July alum Shaun D. Olsen was promoted from senior tax manager to partner at Hawkins Cloward & Simister, one of Utah’s largest accounting firms. Olsen’s expertise lies in merger and acquisition tax structuring, particularly in the industries of hospitality and assisted-living facilities. Olsen has been with the firm since 2003 and previously worked for Bradshaw, Smith & Co. He is past president of the Utah Valley Estate Planning Council and now sits on the Utah County Estate Planning Roundtable as well as the tax issues committee of the Utah Association of CPAs. Olsen received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting in 2002 from the Marriott School. He and his wife, Rachel, have four children and enjoy competing together in outdoor volleyball tournaments. They live in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
Making the shift from accounting manager at Specific Media to controller at Universal Motion Components (UMC) is a change Tommy Oldham is feeling pretty positive about. He made the switch last June, hoping to gain more experience in finance and take on a stronger role in the company’s decision-making process instead of focusing on external audits and financial reporting. UMC is a family-owned company that produces commercial farming equipment and has been in operation for more than thirty-five years. Before his time at Specific Media, Oldham worked in assurance services for EY. He received his BS in accounting and his MAcc in 2011 from the Marriott School. Shortly after graduating, Oldham completed the Logan to Jackson (LOTOJA) cycling race and placed fourth in his category with a time of just over ten hours. Now that his family resides in San Clemente, California, surfing is on the docket. He and his wife, Lara, spend much of their time chasing after their two-year-old son.
Los Angeles, California, may have a lot of up-and-coming musicians, but alum Steven Biringer’s daytime gig sets him apart. Before graduating from the Marriott School in 2013 with his BS in accounting, Biringer was a professional recording artist. Though he still enjoys writing and recording music, much of his time now is dedicated to his job as an associate at L.E.K. Consulting, an international generalist strategy and management consulting firm in LA. Prior to working there he was employed with HireVue. He and his wife, Mackenzie, celebrated the birth of their first child this summer. In addition to making music, Biringer enjoys cycling, surfing, playing soccer, skiing, and traveling.