BKD Life Summer 2019

BKD Life

BKDers work hard, play hard and give back.

BKD Life shares the big ideas and exciting stories of our unforgettable people. BKDers aren’t just accountants—we’re nonprofit board members, world travelers, kidney donors and marathon runners. Life at BKD is unique, but the purpose we all hold is the same: provide excellent client service and rewarding career opportunities.

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"As you explore the remarkable stories inside BKD Life, I encourage you to reflect on our PRIDE values, which define who we are as a firm and how we want to be perceived by our clients and peers. Passion, respect, integrity, discipline and excellence is at the heart of everything we do."

CEO Ted Dickman

2019 Summer Edition

High Seas Ahead

Get your sea legs ready. This 1970 Prowler isn’t your average pirate ship—it’s a sea-themed glamper. Named after the first female Irish…

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2018 Summer Edition

Embodying Our Values

BKD CEO Ted Dickman has a tradition of dropping in unexpectedly to award the firm’s highest honor—the PRIDE Awards—on two teammates every year. This year was no different. The employee recipient, St. Louis Director Brandy Shy, thought it was a last…

2018 Spring Edition

From Factory to Salesforce Fame

For Zac Otero, the journey began with a series of blue-collar jobs that took a hard turn when he learned about Salesforce and then mastered the customer relationship management platform to punch his ticket to a better life.

2018 Spring Edition

Babies, Balance & BKD

Diapers, late-night feedings and child care arrangements are all common with a new baby. And it may be twice the fun when families welcome twins, but it’s also twice as challenging to achieve work-life balance. Thankfully, though, BKD has practices…

2017 Winter Edition

Tuning In to Tax

Who’s going to listen to a podcast about taxation? That’s the question BKD’s Damien Martin asked himself when pondering the medium as another way to educate people about tax issues affecting their businesses, families and wealth.

2017 Winter Edition

Two-Time Champ

A CPA typically wouldn’t leave work for a trip during tax season, but Deborah Beams had to make an exception. After more than 13 years and five auditions, she was finally chosen to be a contestant on the TV game show “Jeopardy!”

2017 Winter Edition

Weathering the Storm

BKD bills itself as One Great Firm, and that solidarity was easy to see in late August when Hurricane Harvey stormed ashore and submerged much of Houston, Texas—one of the communities the firm calls home.

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Do you know a BKDer with admirable community involvement, interesting hobbies or achievements that deserve recognition? BKD Life is about celebrating our people, clients and values. Tell us about the BKDers you know who illustrate our PRIDE values, Unmatched Client Service® culture or the many ways BKD gives back. For more information, contact BKD Life editor Rebecca Sprauer at rsprauer@bkd.com.