Management/Staff Bios

CEO Ted Dickman

As CEO, Ted is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the firm’s personnel and partners. Ted is chair of BKD’s Governing Board, which sets firm policy and oversees strategic initiatives. In addition, he serves on the board of Praxity, AISBL, the sixth-largest global alliance of independent CPA firms, of which BKD is a leading member firm.

COO Eric Hansen

Eric oversees firmwide operations and acts as a liaison between the National Office and BKD’s four regions: North, South, East and National Advisory Services. He’s worked at our firm since 1997 and served as managing partner before he was appointed chief operating officer (COO) in 2009. Eric served as American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) chair from 2018 to 2019, was on the AICPA Board of Directors, contributed as a member of the AICPA Future of Learning Task Force and previously served on the AICPA Governing Council. He is a member of the AICPA and Missouri Society of CPAs.

CRO Mike Wolfe

As BKD’s chief risk officer (CRO), Mike guides the firm’s risk management efforts, which include maintaining quality control, working with various stakeholders within and outside the firm and providing important leadership to support our mission of “excellence in providing services to our clients.”

CHRO Julie Cummings

Julie serves as BKD’s chief human resources officer (CHRO) and is responsible for leading the firm’s PeopleFirst strategic initiatives. This includes the acquisition of top talent, performance management, engagement of firm members, total rewards, employee relations, compliance and diversity. Julie is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management where she holds the Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation. She also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®) designation from the HR Certification Institute®.

CIO Greg Shoemaker

As BKD’s chief information officer (CIO), Greg leads the Information Technology (IT) team, which delivers critical services and systems to the firm and its clients. These services include information security and compliance, IT purchasing, licensing and contracts, IT operations and engineering, support services, custom solutions and software development, IT project management, business and systems analysis and system administration.

CMO Greg Cole

Greg oversees the Marketing & Business Development and Learning & Development departments as the firm’s chief marketing officer (CMO). Under Greg’s leadership, both departments have achieved national award-winning status, and he was named an Emerging Training Leader by Training magazine in 2014.

North RMP Barry Davis

As regional managing partner (RMP) of BKD’s North Region, Barry is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah and Wisconsin offices. He also serves on the firm’s Governing Board, which establishes firm policy and oversees strategic initiatives.

South RMP Tom Watson

As RMP of BKD’s South Region, Tom is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas offices. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Management Committee and the Governing Board.

East RMP Rob Pruitt

As RMP of BKD’s East Region, Rob is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and New York offices. He also serves on the firm’s Governing Board.

NAS RMP Mike Burlew

As RMP of BKD’s National Advisory Services, Mike is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of specialty consulting practices that are national in scale, including tax consulting, organizational performance improvement, risk management, mergers and acquisitions and wealth management. Mike also is a member of the firm’s Management Committee, Technology Advisory Committee and Governing Board.

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