Kevin Payne, CPA
Kevin, owner of the firm, has been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant since 1985, when he began practicing public accounting. Prior to this, he spent seven years as an accounting supervisor and financial analyst in private industry. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration with an Accounting major from Bowling Green State University, and currently holds memberships in the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Kevin and his wife, Kathy, live in Hilliard where they raised four children, and now enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.
Kent A. Payne, CPA
Kent has been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant since 2008 and joined Payne and Company as a Senior Accountant in September 2009. Prior to joining our Firm, he spent three years with GBQ Partners as a Senior in the Assurance department. While at GBQ, he worked on audits of companies in various industries, including not for profit, manufacturing and service. Kent received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Accounting from Ohio University, and currently holds memberships in the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Kent and his wife, Liz, live in Hilliard, with their daughter.
Cheri L. Garapic, CPA
Cheri has been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant since 1990 and has been employed with Payne and Company since January 1988. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Fairmont State University in West Virginia. Cheri is the Accounting and Auditing Manager at Payne & Company where her responsibilities include direct client management and supervision of all accounting and auditing engagements. Cheri is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Prior to joining Payne & Company Cheri worked in private industry and for a public accounting firm in southern Ohio.
Cheri lives in Columbus and enjoys attending the variety of sporting events available in Ohio.
Thomas D. Karn, CPA
Tom has been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant since 2010 and recently joined Payne and Company as a Senior Accountant in September of 2018. Tom brings over 12 years of experience in public accounting. He has worked primarily within individual and business tax planning and compliance.Tom holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Franklin University. He is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Tom lives in Westerville, OH with his wife Lora and their five children.
Wade A. Bright
Wade has been an accountant with Payne & Company since September 1998. Wade received a degree in Finance from The Ohio State University and was employed as an accountant in private industry before joining the firm. His responsibilities include assisting clients with the closing of their books and preparation of tax returns.
Wade and his wife, Debbie, live in Powell with their son.
Jill graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor Degree in Strategic Communication. Her prior work experience consists of project and event management, with a focus on marketing and communication. Jill assists with various client projects along with managing the office.
Jill and her husband, Tim, live in Lewis Center with their sons.
Bre is a small business owner who has a passion for creative arts. She has a well-rounded variety of previous experience that has made her an easily adaptable team member. Bre first joined Payne and Company in February of 2019 as a seasonal Administrative Assistant for the tax season. She was later happy to return to P&C as a permanent team member in October of 2019 as an Office Administrator.
Bre and her partner, Chris, live in Columbus with their German shepherd, Kyrie, and their cat, Asuna.