I am a Wyoming native and a Rapid City transplant, moving to the Black Hills after finishing college in 2011. I grew up in Green River, WY and then attended the University of Wyoming earning my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the UW accounting program. I’ve spent my public accounting career at Ketel Thorstenson working for clients in several different industries, but tend to focus more these days on cities and school district audits in the summer and fall and retail and manufacturing clients during the winter and spring with a few not-for-profit clients still mixed into my schedule throughout the year. On a personal note, I have a broad range of hobbies that I enjoy, however fly fishing seems to be the one constant and continuous activity that I’ve participated in since I was a child. I grew up fishing the mountains of western Wyoming in the summer and still return each year to spend time fishing and hiking in the mountains. I’ve spent the last few years getting accustomed to the smaller creeks of the Black Hills and have started to figure out the local brown trout (finally).
Music is another hobby of mine having grown up in a musical family (my dad was a music teacher). Although I don’t play much music anymore and my guitars are collecting dust in the basement, I enjoy finding new music to listen to. It usually works out that any new music I listen to is actually from older artists. I have a reputation around the office for listening to the “old country” of past generations such as George Jones, Merle Haggard, Charley Pride, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson and many others.
Other favorite activities include playing cards (cribbage is a favorite and have recently started playing pinochle), yard games, trying different beers and grilling. The best beer I’ve tried recently is Melvin IPA from Melvin Brewery out of Alpine, WY and my favorite meal to prepare on the grill is fish tacos. Look for a future blog post with a fish taco recipe.