EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING

OUR TEAM
JAYME MCWIDENER, CPA
JAYME ATTENDED DRAKE UNIVERSITY IN DES MOINES IOWA, RECEIVING HER BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN 2001 AND HER MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN 2003. WHILE EARNING HER MBA, JAYME WORKED AS AN AUDITOR IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY. 
AFTER TWO YEARS AS A MEDICARE AUDITOR IN IOWA JAYME MOVED BACK HOME TO UTAH AND JOINED HJ & ASSOCIATES, LLC TO BEGIN HER CAREER IN PUBLIC ACCOUNTING. AS AN AUDITOR FOR TEN YEARS WITH HJ, AND  AS  AN AUDIT PARTNER FOR AN ADDITIONAL TWO, SHE GAINED EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE WITH THE AUDIT PROCESS- AND WITH RUNNING A SMALL, LOCAL ACCOUNTING FIRM. 
JAYME ASSUMED A LEADERSHIP ROLE AT HJ AND CREATED A FIRM-WIDE TRAINING PROGRAM, BECOMING THE LEAD TRAINER FOR THE AUDIT DEPARTMENT. SHE FOCUSED ON BECOMING A TECHNICAL EXPERT, AND ACCRUED INVALUABLE KNOW-HOW IN COMPLEX ACCOUNTING ISSUES, INCLUDING EQUITY AND DEBT TRANSACTIONS, AS WELL AS BUSINESS COMBINATIONS. 
JAYME HAS ALWAYS FOCUSED ON PROVIDING TOP-QUALITY SERVICE TO BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC REPORTING COMPANIES, WORKING WITH AN ECLECTIC ARAY OF INDUSTRIES. SHE ENJOYS GETTING TO KNOW HER CLIENTS PERSONALLY AND CREATING  LONG-STANDING, WORTHWHILE RELATIONSHIPS WITH EACH OF THEM. 
IN HER SPARE TIME JAYME LOVES TO BE OUTDOORS. SHE ENJOYS CAMPING AND HIKING WITH HER FAMILY, AND INTRODUCING HER TWO YOUNG CHILDREN TO THE UTAH MOUNTAINS. SHE PLAYED DIVISION 1 COLLEGE SOFTBALL AND STILL PLAYS EVERY CHANCE SHE GETS. WHEN THE SNOW FALLS, JAYME CONTINUES TO PLAY IN THE MOUNTAINS- ON HER SNOWBOARD. 

BRUCE KARTCHNER, CPA, CITP

BRUCE GRADUATED IN 1985 FROM BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY WITH A MASTERS OF ACCOUNTANCY. BRUCE BEGAN HIS ACCOUNTING CAREER WITH ARTHUR ANDERSEN & CO., WORKING IN BOTH THE AUDIT AND TAX DEPARTMENTS. WHILE AT ARTHUR, HE BECAME WELL VERSED IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY AND ALSO TAUGHT TRAINING CLASSES FOR ARTHUR'S WORLDWIDE TRAINING CENTER. 
BRUCE LEFT ARTHUR TO START HIS OWN PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM, LATER MERGING HIS PRACTICE, AND HAS BEEN A PARTNER IN NUMBEROUS VENTURES OVER THE YEARS. HE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN NUMEROUS ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF UTAH AND BLUFFDALE CITY. 
BRUCE IS A JACK OF ALL TRADES. DURING HIS 26 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ACCOUNTING BRUCE HAS PROVIDED AUDIT, TAX, AND MANAGEMENT ADVISORY SERVICES TO A VARIETY OF COMPANIES. BRUCE HAS HELPED HIS CLIENTS MAXIMIZE PROFITS THROUGH DATA ANALYSIS AND PLANNING, WHILE ALSO ASSISTING HIS CLIENTS WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF COST CUTTING AND REVENUE ENHANCING MEASURES.
 
IN ADDITION TO HIS CONSULTING EXPERIENCE BRUCE HAS HELPED HIS CLIENTS WITH TAX PLANNING AND TAX PREPARATION SERVICES WHILE ALSO SPENDING A GREAT DEAL OF TIME AUDITING PRIVATE AND SEC PUBLIC REPORTING COMPANIES. 
BRUCE HAS SPENT TIME TEACHING AT BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY AND UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, AND ENJOYS LEARNING. IN HIS DOWNTIME, BRUCE LOVES SPENDING TIME WITH HIS FAMILY, WORKING OUTSIDE, AND TINKERING AT HOME. HE SPENDS TIME WOODWORKING AND TAKING CARE OF HIS GARDEN AND SMALL ORCHARD. 

REBECCA RITCHIE, CPA

BECCA GRADUATED IN 2010 FROM WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING AND, IN 2011, FROM WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A MASTER OF TAXATION. SHE WAS A MEMBER OF BETA ALPHA PSI AND AN OFFICER OF VITA WHILE ATTENDING WEBER STATE. 

BECCA WORKED IN PUBLIC ACCOUNTING WITH HJ & ASSOCIATES, LLC FOR SIX YEARS, SPENDING TWO YEARS AS A TAX ASSOCIATE AND ANOTHER FOUR AS AN AUDIT ASSOCIATE. SHE IS INCREDIBLY FLEXIBLE, EXTREMELY COMPETENT, AND RELENTLESSLY POSITIVE.
 
BECCA ASSISTED WITH TRAINING AT HJ AND BECAME WELL VERSED IN EQUITY AND DERIVATIVE ACCOUNTING FOR MICRO-CAP COMPANIES DURING HER TIME THERE. BECCA'S CLIENTS ENJOY HER REFRESHING APPROACH TO AUDITING AND HER GOOD NATURE. 
WHEN SHE'S NOT WORKING BECCA LOVES TO TRAVEL, PLAY SPORTS, AND STAY ACTIVE WITH HIKING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, OR ANYTHING ELSE OUTSIDE. BECCA PLAYED DIVISION 1 SOCCER AND HAS CONTINUED HER SOCCER CAREER WITH THE UTAH WOMENS SEMI-PRO TEAM, REAL SALT LAKE

EMILY PECK, CPA

EMILY GRADUATED FROM WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING IN 2006 AND FROM WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A MASTER OF TAXATION IN 2007. WHILE EARNING HER MASTERS OF TAXATION, EMILY WORKED AS AN ACCOUNTANT OF A PRIVATE HOLDING COMPANY.
AFTER GRADUATING, EMILY STARTED HER PUBLIC ACCOUNTING CAREER IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, AT WEINSTEIN SPIRA AND COMPANY. SHE WORKED IN THE TAX DEPARTMENT THERE AND ALSO GAINED EXPERIENCE WITH FINANCIAL STATEMENT AUDITS AND BENEFIT PLAN AUDITS. EMILY THEN WORKED AS AN AUDITOR AT ERNST AND YOUNG, DELOITTE AND TOUCHE, LLP, AND HAYNIE & COMPANY. DURING HER 10+ YEARS AS AN ACCOUNTING PROFESSIONAL EMILY WORKED FOR ALMOST THREE YEARS IN SINGAPORE AND COMPLETED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMPANY AUDITS, REGULATORY AUDITS, AND INTERNAL CONTROL AUDITS. ADDITIONALLY, EMILY HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR EDUCATING HER PEERS AND WHILE AT DELOITTE WAS A LEAD TRAINING FACILITATOR IN THE US GAAP AND KNOWLEDGE ACCREDITATION THAT WAS PROVIDED YEARLY TO STAFF, SENIORS, MANAGERS, AND PARTNERS. 
EMILY HAS ALWAYS MADE QUALITY A TOP PRIORITY AND HAS A STRONG ATTENTION TO DETAIL. SHE HAS WORKED WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF CLIENTS IN DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES AND STRIVES TO PROVIDE TOP NOTCH SERVICE TO HER CLIENTS. EMILY ENJOYS GETTING TO KNOW HER CLIENTS ON A PERSONAL LEVEL AS WELL AS GETTING TO KNOW THE COMPANY'S BUSINESS. SHE ENJOYS HELPING COMPANIES BUILD THEIR BUSINESS PROCESS AND PROCEDURES TO HELP THEM RUN MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY. 
WHILE NOT AT WORK EMILY ENJOYS CONCERTS, PLAYS, AND MOVIES. SHE ALSO LOVES THE OUTDOORS AND SUNSHINE; SPENDING HER FREE TIME CAMPING, HIKING, FISHING, OR RELAXING ON THE BEACH.

SHELBY WILCOX

SHELBY GRADUATED IN 2013 FROM WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS WITH AN EMPHASIS IN HUMAN RESOURCES. WHILE AT WEBER STATE SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (SHRM).

 

SHELBY WORKED AS A BUSINESS OFFICE MANAGER AT OGDEN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB FOR SIX YEARS.  SHE EXCELLED AT PROVIDING MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORTS FOR THE COMPANY AND OVERSAW ALL ACCOUNTING FUNCTIONS AND ACCOUNTING STAFF, WHILE ALSO FOCUSING ON PAYROLL PROCESSING, HUMAN RESOURCES, MEMBER BILLING, AND BUDGETING. SHE IS VERY DETERMINED, DILIGENT, AND LOYAL. 

 

WHEN SHELBY IS NOT WORKING, SHE ENJOYS CAMPING, EXERCISING, AND BEING WITH HER HUSBAND AND TWO YOUNG CHILDREN. SHE ALSO SPENDS TIME ON HER IN-LAWS FAMILY FARM GROWING AND SELLING BEEF AND PRODUCE. 

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