Congratulations to Heather Axford at Contryman Wealth Advisors in Hastings office for 5 years of service.


The $1000 Contryman Associates, P.C. scholarship was awarded to Tianna Engen from Kearney, NE.

Undergraduate to graduate in July 2018 Business Administration, Emphasis in Accounting

Masters expected to graduate in December 2019.


Overall Expectations

Tax managers are primarily responsible for the review of complex tax returns and for providing advanced technical assistance, tax planning, and research on complex tax issues. Tax managers assist in the development and training of staff. They have a significant amount of client contact and create relationships to help develop new business for the firm. Tax managers work closely with the shareholders to provide innovative tax planning strategies for our clients.


Essential Functions

  1. Performs technical tax review of all tax returns and governmental tax examinations of any complexity.
  2. Assumes full responsibility for larger tax returns and delegates to the various tax preparers as deemed necessary.
  3. Delegates and manages tax research projects to achieve an accurate and efficient product.
  4. Participates actively in client meetings and tax planning efforts to ass...

Overall Expectations

Senior accountants are able to handle in-charge responsibilities on specific projects. Senior accountants report to managers and shareholders and are delegated certain responsibilities for planning and supervision. Senior accountants are also assigned staff accountants and para-professionals to supervise and are expected to review their work in a timely manner.

Senior accountants should show initiative in obtaining the types of assignments and special projects that will further increase their technical skills especially in their area of expertise.

Senior accountants have direct contact with clients and should understand our clients’ businesses and offer suggestions for improving the efficiency of our clients’ accounting functions.

Criteria for Promotion to Senior and Responsibilities of a Senior Accountant:

  • Preparing and supervising monthly and yearly compilations
  • Preparing and supervi...

Kaley Hodgen, a Tax Accountant with Contryman Associates, P.C., has received her certificate and permit to practice as a Certified Public Accountant from the Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy.

As a Certified Public Accountant, Hodgen has met the experience requirement, two years in public accounting, in addition to having demonstrated her technical competency, through comprehensive examination, in the areas of auditing and attestation, regulation, business environment concepts, and financial accounting and reporting. As a Certified Public Accountant, 80 hours of Continuing Professional Education, earned during a two year period, are required in order to renew her permit to practice.

Hodgen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with an accounting emphasis, and a Master of Business Administration, accounting track, from University of Nebraska Kearney. Hodgen has experience with indi...


Kearney office participated in the Buffalo County Community Partners.


Contryman Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce that Leslie Lemke has joined the firm as an Administrative Assistant in the Hastings location.
In her role Lemke provides executive administrative support and completes tax processing duties, as well as being responsible for firm-wide external telephone calls and greeting of visitors to the Hastings office.
Prior to joining Contryman, Lemke worked at the Red Cloud High School as an Administrative Assistant and currently helps run family ranch, Lemke Cattle Company. She holds an Associate’s Degree from
Central Community College.
Lemke is a member of St. Stephens Catholic Church in Lawrence and is a TeamMates volunteer.
Contryman Associates, P.C., is a Certified Public Accounting firm that has provided accounting and business consulting services in Nebraska since 1939.
The firm has offices in Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lexingto...

Schuyler Sharp has joined Contryman Associates, P.C., in Grand Island as an accountant in its Audit Department.
In this role, Sharp works with other members of the department to prepare financial statement compilations, reviews and audits.
Originally from Fullerton, he received a bachelor of science degree in business, with an emphasis in accounting and business administration, and a master’s degree in professional accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Sharp’s prior experience includes work as an auditor with the Nebraska auditor of public accounts and an internship with the Nebraska Department of Revenue.
He is the son of Tink Sharp of Fullerton and the late Larry Sharp.
Contryman Associates, P.C., is a Certifi ed Public Accounting fi rm that has provided accounting and business consulting services in Nebraska since 1939.
The firm has offices in Grand Island, ...

Position Reports to: Department Leads


Anticipated time allocation:

70% of time is chargeable client work

30% of your time will be developing your technical accounting skills through on-the-job training, continuing education, and other administrative tasks


Position Summary:

Staff accountants work under the direct supervision of in-charge accountants.  They are expected to complete and review their work in a timely and accurate manner.  Staff accountants should show initiative in obtaining the types of assignments and special projects that will further increase their technical skills.  Direct contact with clients will be done under the supervision of in-charge accountants. Staff accountants should work to understand our clients’ businesses and offer suggestions to in-charge accountants for improving the efficiency of our clients’ accounting functions.

Staff a...

Just 10 days before the implementation date, a federal judge in Texas put the brakes on the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new federal overtime rule, which would have doubled the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay.

Twenty-one states filed an emergency motion for a preliminary injunction in October to halt the rule. They claimed that the DOL exceeded its authority by raising the salary threshold too high and by providing for automatic adjustments to the threshold every three years.

The states’ case was consolidated last month with another lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, which raised similar objections to the ...