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Our Team

Brad Gross, CPA

Brad@grosscpa.com

Experience: In 1995, Brad began his career in the tax department at Roth & Co. in Des Moines, Iowa. He specialized in financial institutions and small business tax returns. In 1999, he moved back to Dunlap and worked for the CPA firm, Mahoney & Associates in Denison. In 2001, Brad started the Firm. He has experience in financial institutions, real estate development, real estate taxation, agriculture, and other small businesses.

Specialties: Brad specializes in agriculture taxation, small business taxation, financial institution taxation, historical tax credit development projects along with merger and acquisition planning. His work ethic, desire to help people, and commitment to the community, built Gross & Company. And his extensive knowledge, zest for life and hard work keeps Gross & Company moving forward.

Education: B.A. in accounting from Iowa State University

Professional Affiliations: Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants

Community Involvement: Brad is active in the community and surrounding area as a board of director of several non-profit groups and involved in various fundraising committees. Brad also volunteers time to Boyer Valley Vocation Ag Program and it’s students.

Family Life & Hobbies: Brad's wife Lisa is the owner and manager of the Town & Country Store in Dunlap. They have two children, Claire and Bobby. He enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting, Iowa State Athletics, and spending time with friends and family at Lake Okoboji.

Courtney Lee, CPA

Courtney@grosscpa.com

Experience: Courtney began her career in public accounting in January 2005, for Frankel Zacharia in Omaha, Nebraska. After receiving her master’s degree in accounting, she began working for Deloitte Tax, LLP also in Omaha, NE. In the fall of 2008, she left Deloitte to join Gross & Company, where she became partner in November 2015.

Specialties: Courtney specializes in corporate, partnership, and individual income tax planning and preparation; small business support including (but not limited to) payroll processing, bookkeeping, and cash flow budgeting and forecasting; IRS income tax resolution services. Her extensive knowledge, meticulous attitude and desire for continuous improvement keep Gross & Company evolving and moving forward.

Education: B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha; Master of Accounting from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Professional Affiliations: Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants, and IACPA Taxation Committee Member.

Community Involvement: Courtney volunteers for various special events around the community. She is a board member and mentor for the Boyer Valley Teammates Mentoring Program, and Kindergarten/1st Grade teacher for St. Patrick’s Religious Education Program.

Family Life & Hobbies: Courtney's husband Jon farms in the Monona County area. They have three young children, Alivia, Bennett, and Everett. Courtney enjoys staying busy and learning new things. Her list of hobbies continuously evolves and currently includes DIYing, reading, and taking day trips to parks/museums with her children.

Ben Hansen, CPA

Ben@grosscpa.com

Experience: Ben joined the Firm in June of 2013. In November of 2015, Ben joined Brad and Courtney as a Partner in Gross & Company, PLLC. Ben’s prior working experience includes four years at Ernst & Young, LLP. Prior to joining Gross & Company, Ben had audit & tax experience in the insurance and financial services industry. Ben’s tax experience includes Corporate, Partnership, and Individual tax planning and preparation.

Specialties: Taxation in the following industries: Agriculture, Dentistry, Manufacturing, and Construction/Development of Real Estate. Ben also has extensive experience assisting in business sales and purchases as well as business succession planning. Ben has assisted with several Federal Historic Tax Credit and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects. Ben also prepares Cost Segregation Studies and Cost Certifications for real estate projects. His extensive knowledge and innovative, can-do attitude, keep the firm evolving and moving forward.

Education: B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Buena Vista University.

Professional Affiliations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants, Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants Board of Directors.

Community Involvement: Ben volunteers his time to various organization throughout the Dunlap community including the Dunlap Golf Club, St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dunlap Wellness Center (Annual Fourth of July Fun Run/Walk), and the Dunlap Betterment.

Family Life & Hobbies: Ben is married to Margo Hansen (Muhlbauer) from Manilla, IA. They have two boys, Abe and Ike. Margo is a part time/seasonal CPA at the firm. She also works part-time at NuStyle Development in Woodbine, IA. Ben, Margo and their boys enjoy, golfing, boating and traveling, watching Iowa State Football and Basketball as well as watching the Green Bay Packers. Ben and Margo try to make it to their alma mater once a year to watch a Buena Vista Football or Basketball Game.

Lori Meyer

Lori@grosscpa.com

Experience: In 1998, Lori began working for Mahoney & Associates as a bookkeeper. In 2003, she went to work in Carroll, Iowa for American Home Shield as an accounts receivable clerk. Six years later she began her career for Brad R. Gross, CPA.

Specialties: Lori specializes in payroll, bookkeeping, customer service, and office management. She is the smiling face that greets you and her experience is a great addition to Gross & Company.

Education: Payroll tax program at Western Iowa Tech

Family Life & Hobbies: Lori’s husband, Jerry, is the manager of Ampride Convenience Store. They have one child, Jeremiah, who lives in Boone, Iowa with his wife Becky and two precious granddaughters. She enjoys needlework, crocheting, sewing, reading, traveling, gardening, baking, and Iowa State Athletics.

Cristie Kenkel

Cristie@grosscpa.com

Experience: Cristie has been employed in the bookkeeping / accounting field since 1991. After being the Woodbine and Municipal Light and Power's office manager for six years, she joined Gross & Company in 2005.

Specialties: Cristie specializes in corporate taxation, partnership taxation, bookkeeping, payroll, and QuickBooks consulting. Her knowledge and dedication to the client are a great addition to Gross & Company.

Community Involvement: Cristie volunteers for the St. Joseph's parish in Earling, Iowa which includes being the secretary for the Altar Society and a member of the Building and Grounds Committee.

Family Life & Hobbies: Cristie's husband Roger is a banker at Farmer's Trust and Savings Bank. They have four children: Maya, William, Kara, and Suzy. She enjoys golfing, reading, spending time with her family and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Becky Peterson

Becky@grosscpa.com

Experience: Becky started her accounting career with Gross & Company in 2013. She was previously employed at Shadow Valley Golf Course.

Specialties: Becky specializes in individual income taxation, agricultural taxation, small business taxation, payroll, bookkeeping and QuickBooks consulting. Her knowledge and technical capabilities are a great addition to Gross & Company.

Education: B.S in Accounting and Finance from Bellevue University; Master of Business Administration from Bellevue University.

Community Involvement: Becky volunteers with the Woodbine Community School, youth athletics, as well as other community activities.

Family Life & Hobbies: Becky’s husband, Dylan, works at Woodbine Municipal Light and Power in Woodbine. They have two children, Jade and Brody. Becky enjoys golfing, watching sporting activities, traveling, spending time with family and friends, camping and being outdoors.

Leah Blum, CPA

Leah@grosscpa.com

Experience: In 2011, Leah began a Financial Analysis internship at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in Kansas City. Leah then started her career in Accounting with Gross & Company in January 2014 as an intern and began full-time in October 2014.

Specialties: Leah specializes in individual income taxation, agricultural taxation, business taxation, payroll, bookkeeping, and sales tax. Leah’s knowledge and meticulous manner is a great addition to Gross & Company.

Education: B.S. in Accounting & B.S. in Business Administration/Finance from Park University.

Professional Affiliations: Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Family Life & Hobbies: Leah’s husband, Jesse, is a farmer. Together they also own and manage a Costco chicken farm at their home. In their free time they enjoy being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, attending concerts, traveling, and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones.

Lois Andersen

Info@grosscpa.com

Experience: Lois joined Gross & Company in November 2013 as an administrative assistant. Prior to joining our team Lois worked at Perfection Learning Corporation in Logan as a purchasing agent.

Specialties: Lois handles several administration functions, including tax return assembly, customer service, record keeping, bookkeeping and many other tasks, ensuring accurate and timely processing for our clients. Her attention to detail and concern for the client are a great addition to Gross & Company.

Education: Associate of Arts Degree in Business/Mid-Management from Iowa Western Community College.

Family Life & Hobbies: Lois’ husband, Jim, works for Harrison County REC. They have three children, Chris, Meagan, and Colby. Lois enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and spending time with family.

Margo Hansen, CPA

Margo@grosscpa.com

Experience: In 2010, Margo began her career in the audit department at Kiesling & Associates, LLP located in West Des Moines, IA. In 2013, she moved back to Dunlap and worked for the CPA firm, Mahoney & Gotto Company in Denison and NuStyle Development Corporation in Woodbine. In 2018, Margo joined Gross & Company and continues to work at NuStyle Development.

Specialties: Margo specializes in small business taxation, individual income taxation, payroll, bookkeeping and QuickBooks consulting. Her knowledge and experience are a great addition to Gross & Company.

Education: B.A. in Accounting from Buena Vista University.

Professional Affiliations: Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Community Involvement: Margo volunteers for various events in the Dunlap community. Some of which are, organizing The 4th of July Fun Run and Santa’s yearly visit. She currently serves on the Buena Vista University Alumni Board.

Family Life & Hobbies: Margo’s husband, Ben, is a partner at Gross & Company. They have two children, Abe and Ike. Margo enjoys traveling, boating, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on Buena Vista and Iowa State Athletics.

Tyler Stuerman

Tyler@grosscpa.com

Experience: Tyler joined the Firm in November 2020. Prior to joining the Firm, Tyler’s working experience includes five years in public accounting in Oskaloosa, IA working in taxation. His tax experience includes Corporate, Partnership, and Individual tax planning and preparation.

Specialties: Tyler specializes in taxation of agriculture, construction, and manufacturing. His knowledge and desire to help the client are a great addition to Gross & Company.

Education: B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration from Northwestern College.

Family Life & Hobbies: Tyler enjoys playing golf, baseball, and basketball. Other hobbies include hunting, spending time with family and traveling. Throughout the year you will find Tyler cheering on his favorite sporting teams including the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Minnesota Twins, Vikings, and Wild.

Samantha Hanigan

Samantha@grosscpa.com

Experience: Samantha started with Gross & Company as a seasonal employee in 2019 and joined full time in May 2021. She previously worked at Hanigan’s Lawn & Landscaping, LLC and Apotheca, Inc, where she held many positions including Administration Manager.

Specialties: Samantha specializes in individual income taxation, bookkeeping, payroll, and customer service. Her experience and eye for efficiency are a great addition to Gross & Company.

Community Involvement: Samantha is involved St. Patrick’s youth group, organizing meals for the high school students.

Family Life & Hobbies: Samantha’s husband, Sean owns and manages Hanigan’s Lawn & Landscaping, LLC. They have 3 very active boys, Ethan, Deaglan and Cian. They love the outdoors and try to spend as much time as possible outside. Samantha likes watching their boys play sports, golfing, boating, swimming, and cooking. You can also find them attending events of Iowa State Cyclones, Creighton Blue Jays, and the Kansas City Royals.