BKD Announces Three MP Appointments in 2020

News Release

NATIONAL OFFICE – Next year is shaping up to be an exciting time of change at BKD CPAs & Advisors. The previously announced appointments of Abe Cole and Jerry Henderson to regional managing partner (RMP) have left further openings for rising firm leaders. CEO Ted Dickman has announced three new office managing partner (MP) appointments, all effective June 1, 2020.

Rachel Dwiggins will step into the MP role of the Kansas City office. Jeff Naig will become MP of the Des Moines and Madison offices. Chris Dalton will serve as MP of the Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) division.

Dwiggins has significant experience providing audit and consulting services for not-for-profit and governmental organizations, colleges, universities and charitable organizations. She was a 2010 BKD PRIDE Award winner and was selected to serve as a reviewer for the American Institute of CPAs’ Peer Review Oversight Program with respect to Single Audits.

“I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to lead the Kansas City office,” Dwiggins said. “The Kansas City office has a rich history of strong leadership, a spirit of entrepreneurship and talent.” 

Cole, who has played a major part in helping the Kansas City office achieve high levels of success and efficiency, said he’s thrilled with Dwiggins’ new role. Cole will continue his MP duties while assisting her through the transition.
 
“Rachel is a proven collaborative leader who is very well respected in our office and throughout the firm. I’m confident Rachel’s leadership will bring fresh, innovative ideas that will take the Kansas City office to new heights,” Cole said.

Naig has more than 25 years of public accounting experience, including serving as the current leader of BKD’s telecommunications industry team. He is the past chairman of the board of directors for the Telergee Alliance, a nationwide organization made up of seven CPA firms serving the telecommunications market.

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to be the MP of the newly created practice unit including Iowa and Wisconsin,” Naig said. “It will be a great challenge to work with all of the leaders to continue our growth and diversification.”

Cole will continue to serve as MP while working with Naig to help make the transition smooth. “I am very proud of the growth and development of our Des Moines and Madison offices, and I’m confident we will continue to flourish as a separate practice unit under Jeff’s leadership,” Cole said. 

TAS consists of BKD Capital Advisors as well as BKD’s Transaction Services (TS) division. Dalton is currently the national practice leader for TS. He has more than 25 years of accounting experience, including approximately 16 years dedicated to mergers and acquisition services. He has extensive experience in financial due diligence analysis, transaction structuring, deal negotiation support and post-transaction planning assistance in a wide variety of industries.

“I’m honored for the opportunity to take on additional leadership responsibilities,” said Dalton. “I look forward to working with the team to help grow both TAS and the overall firm.”

Henderson previously led the TAS division. He said, “Chris has demonstrated outstanding leadership of our TS practice, having helped fuel double-digit growth for each of the last several years while maintaining excellent financial discipline.” Henderson will finish out his time as MP while Dalton transitions into the role.

Henderson said, “I could not be more pleased to see Chris elevate to the MP role and look forward to working closely with him to help take our TAS practice unit to new heights in the coming years.”

BKD’s strong culture and focus on putting the right people in the right places has helped the firm develop a strong succession plan and leadership base as it continues to focus on innovation to better serve clients in a rapidly changing world. 


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