NATIONAL OFFICE – BKD CEO Ted Dickman is pleased to announce the promotion of 29 individuals to the partner and managing director levels, effective June 1. With 19 new partners and 10 new managing directors, this is the largest class to be promoted to these positions in firm history. 

“I’m confident these leaders are ready for new challenges as they step into their new roles,” Dickman said. “Their skills and talents will undoubtedly take the firm far.”

Join us in congratulating the following professionals on their achievement.


  • Randy Biernat, Fort Wayne
  • Gordon Dobner, Houston
  • Shaun Duffin, Forensics & Valuation Services, Indianapolis
  • Jon Harris, Des Moines
  • Todd Kenney, Kansas City
  • Craig Kuechenberg, Indianapolis
  • Chris Lindner, Lincoln
  • Justin McNabb, Indianapolis
  • Jean Nyberg, Springfield
  • Derek Pierce, Little Rock
  • Toug Plilar, Houston
  • Andy Rinzel, Indianapolis
  • Tammy Rivera, Colorado Springs
  • Brandon Shirley, Bowling Green
  • Adam Smith, Fort Wayne
  • Matt Smith, Nashville
  • David Taylor, Springfield
  • Jaye Waynick, Little Rock
  • Brian West, Oklahoma City

Managing Director 

  • Philip Baker, Enterprise Risk Solutions, Dallas
  • Julie Bilyeu, Springfield
  • Greg Cole, Learning & Development, National Office
  • Julie Cummings, Human Resources, National Office
  • John Gernand, Bloomington
  • Joel Haaser, Tulsa
  • Beth Pagett, St. Louis
  • Chris Salandra, Erie
  • David Stotelmyer, Springfield
  • Ashley Thompson, R&D Tax Credit Services, Indianapolis

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