BKD SKY Sponsor-Protégé Program Welcomes 2020 Class

BKD CPAs & Advisors
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Springfield, MO, Nov. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Empowering everyone to reach their potential is an important part of BKD CPAs & Advisors’ culture. The SKY Sponsor-Protégé Program—a two-year leadership development program for senior managers and directors—was established in 2014 to help create a level playing field so all employees have equal opportunity for professional advancement.

The program matches protégés with a sponsor to help participants achieve their career aspirations. Since its inception, 56 protégés have participated in the SKY Sponsor-Protégé Program, with 20 achieving managing director and partner levels. As this program continues to succeed, BKD now has former protégés serving as sponsors to provide targeted mentorship to the next class of firm leaders.

CEO Ted Dickman said, “Ensuring equal opportunity to career success is a commitment we’ve made to our employees, and it is a prime contributor to our firm’s long-term success. Please join me again in congratulating our newest protégés, as well as those who’ve graduated from the program. We’re excited to see them grow further in their careers.”

The graduating class consists of the following individuals:



Kara Cramer

Francis Godfrey

Jennifer Friesz

Jason Rader

Jessica Haag

Rachel Dwiggins

Jami Johnson

Susan Davenport

Lee Martin

Kurt Berry

Julia Mast

Jeff Ronsse

Makayla Matheson

Jim Creeden

Brinn Serbanic

Ann Puckett

Amber Sherrill

Mike Engle

Brandy Shy

Lyle Alexander

BKD is welcoming 10 new participants for 2020. The following people will attend SKY Sponsor-Protégé orientation in December:



Stephanie Christolear

Ryan Underwood

Krystal Creach

Scott Humphrey

Brittany Cummings

Jenifer Hitschmann

Jana Gradeva

JoAnna Simek

Michelle Hurst

Mike Senko

Alissa Klein

Michelle Brekken

Megan Stern

Jennifer Wold

Emily George

Tim J. Wilson

Stephanie Rocco

Matt Stout

Kerry Bejarano

Andy Williams


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CONTACT: Greg Cole BKD CPAs & Advisors 417-831-7283, ext. 10111 gcole@bkd.com