Our Firm

Business Principles

We are committed to treating your business like it is our own.  This commitment has resulted in principles which have become the foundation of our firm.

Proactive Communication

We bring planning strategies and business ideas to your attention instead of waiting for you to call us. 

Maximum Profits

We look behind the numbers for opportunities for you to maximize your profits.  Cost savings, operational efficiencies and tax savings are critical elements to your profitability. 

Personalized Service

We take a hands-on approach to your business and assist your personnel in understanding the services we provide.  In many cases some services can be performed internally thereby reducing your costs and providing you with timely information.

Your CFO

We act as your chief financial officer and, as such, offer a wide range of experience and resources to assist you in effectively managing your business. 

Increased Ownership Value

You spend a lifetime creating value in your business.  Our hands-on approach to your business will help you keep as much of your wealth as possible.

The words "Payne & Company Certified Public Accountants" printed on the front door of the office.
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Relationships & Affiliations

Over the years we have built relationships with attorneys, banks, insurance agencies and investment advisors in order to provide our clients with valuable contacts. 

We are licensed to practice by the Accountancy Board of the State of Ohio and, as a result, adhere to professional standards, quality review procedures and continuing education requirements. 

In addition we hold active memberships in the following professional organizations:

  • Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

History

Payne & Company CPAs, LLC was officially formed on January 1, 1996; however, founder and owner, S. Kevin Payne, has been a practicing Certified Public Accountant as a partner or an owner of accounting firms since 1985.
 

Originally located on Indianola Avenue, in May of 2007, we moved to our current location on Sawmill Road just south of Bethel Road.

Our Staff

 
Our owner Kevin Payne wearing a dark blue suit with blue striped tie.

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 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.

Wade 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.

Our Senior Accountant Wade wearing a tan suit with an abstract patterned orange and green tie.

Cheri Garapic, CPA

Cheri has been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant since 1990 and has been employed with Payne and Company since January 1988.

Prior to joining Payne & Company Cheri worked in private industry and for a public accounting firm in southern Ohio.

 

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. She is also member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Cheri lives in Columbus and enjoys attending the variety of sporting events available in Ohio.

Our Accounting & Auditing Manager Cheri wearing a black sweater with an embroidered flower pattern.
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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.

Mu Lin 

Mu joined Payne and Co. in early 2021. She graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting major and Theatre minor.

Her prior work experience consists of accountant in public accounting firm at Worthington.

 

Mu now assists with individual tax returns and business compilations.

 

Mu lives in Powell with her family.