Certified Public Accountants

Our Staff

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 two children.

 

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 Masie

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 Krahel

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 pets, Kyrie & Asuna.


Join Our Team 

6.8.21 Current Available Positions

Job Title: Staff Accountant

Job Description:

Prepare federal, local, and state tax returns for S corporations, partnerships, trusts, and individuals, prepare quarterly and annual federal, state and local payroll returns for businesses, and assist in the preparation of larger, more complex returns. Analyze and research new tax legislation, regulations, cases and rulings impacting tax credits and other items impacting client tax preparation and planning. Analyze tax returns and business operations to identify potential opportunities for tax savings. Use and apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) standards to ensure accuracy and integrity of data for internal and customer review, and comply with established accounting procedures. Review pronouncements of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and implement them into professional work environment. Assist with procedures necessary to conduct compilation and review engagements for business. Help with administrative responsibilities related to tax department deliverables. Research financial discrepancies by analyzing tax information and documentation for the purpose of reaching resolution and preparing accurate reports and returns. Communicate with director/managers to ensure the accuracy of tax returns and apprise them of any discrepancies or inconsistent data.

Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Accounting.

Two years of accounting experience preparing business/corporation, individual, and payroll tax returns for an accounting firm. Experience must include use of Quickbooks accounting software.

Resumes can be mailed to the office address with attention to Bre Krahel.