Who We Are

A Team-Based Approach

As a locally owned company, TPP has been in business for more than 30 years and has about 30 employees. Our team-based approach to client service means peace of mind for you given more than one associate understands your business and your needs.

We pride ourselves on being proactive in developing profit improvement or cost saving ideas for our clients. In fact, we provide incentives to our associates to continually develop ideas for you.

People

Let us introduce you to our management team.

History

TPP has been building professional relationships since 1981.

Vision, Mission & Values

Find out what motivates us.

Affiliation with BDO Alliance USA

Alliances make us stronger.

In The News

Find out what we've been up to.

People


Brent R. Blacklock, CPA

David PerkyBrent joined TPP Certified Public Accountants in 1999, and has significant accounting and income tax compliance experience. He has a passion for developing ideas and recommendations for business owners that save them time and money. Through his consultative approach, Brent also helps clients get the most out of their accounting and financial reporting systems. He works with privately held companies, with a niche in physician owned medical practices, dental practices, professional service firms and construction companies. Brent also leads the business development efforts for TPP.

A CPA since 1999, Brent received the highest score on the Uniform CPA Exam in the State of Idaho, where he took the exam. Earlier that year, he graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a Bachelor’s degree in both Accounting and Business Administration. While attending MNU, Brent was a 4-year member of the men's varsity basketball team and received Academic All-American honors.

Brent currently serves as an advisor to the board of Northland Christian School. He is also an alumni member (2016) of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Program. Brent serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the Department of Business Administration for MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.

Brent enjoys running marathons, traveling, attending Royals games and watching his daughters play volleyball. Brent and his wife Audrey have two girls and reside in Kansas City, Missouri.


 Chris A. Burton, CPA, QKA

Chris BurtonAfter originally joining TPP in the Accounting Department in 1994, Chris shifted his focus to the Retirement Plan Administration Department in 1997. He is responsible for the consultation and design of plan documents, administration services for defined contribution plans with an emphasis in the administration of 401(k) plans, and converting and coordinating the takeover of new plans.

A native of Kansas, Chris graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1992 and became a CPA in 1994. As the daily operations leader of the Retirement Plan Administration group, he earned the QKA (Qualified 401(k) Administrator) specialty credential in 2001. He is a member of the ASPPA, American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries.

Chris and his wife Alayne have three children, two sons and a daughter.Chris plays men's softball and coaches his son's baseball team.


 C. Roy Messick III, CPA

C. Roy Messick IIIA Certified Public Accountant since 1981, his experience includes six years with the national accounting firm of KPMG Peat, Marwick where he served in their audit and tax departments. In 1985, Roy joined BKD where he was a manager in the tax department. He was also responsible for administering and consulting with qualified retirement plans through First Trust of MidAmerica which was a wholly owned subsidiary of BKD. In 1991, Roy joined TPP Certified Public Accountants, LLC where he is responsible for coordinating the firm’s retirement plan recordkeeping, consulting and third party administrative services for all types of retirement plans. Although TPP primarily works with 401(k) plans, we also administer and record keep 403(b) plans, 457 plans, defined benefit plans and non-qualified deferred compensation plans.

Roy's education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Kansas where he earned the distinction of summa cum laude. Roy also received a Master's in Accounting from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Roy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is recognized as a Qualified Plan Administrator (QPA) by the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA). Roy is a member of the Overland Park Orchestra, and also serves as treasurer.  Roy also serves as the treasurer for the Gamma Tau Chapter of Delta Tau Delta at the University of Kansas.  He previously served on the finance council of the Nativity Catholic Church. Roy and his wife Bobbie have three children and reside in Leawood, Kansas.


 Robert W. Parker, CPA

Robert ParkerBob received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Kansas State University in 1977. Prior to joining TPP, he worked in various capacities in the audit departments at Deloitte Touche and BKD. While at those firms, Bob serviced clients in manufacturing, banking, construction, not-for-profit, service, automotive, and various other industries. His current client base is primarily comprised of closely-held businesses in a number of industries including services, construction, manufacturing and distribution. Bob’s involvement with these businesses covers areas such as: business planning, financial reporting, streamlining accounting functions, profit improvement, financing, personal and corporate tax issues, succession planning and other consulting services. Since 2002, Bob has also led TPP’s CFO & Accounting Resources division. This division provides outsourced financial management functions to small to medium sized businesses, typically with revenues between $1 and $20 million.

Bob is a member of the Missouri and Kansas Societies of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has also earned the designation of Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Bob has served as an officer and director for: The Eastern Kansas Estate Planning Council, Angel Flight Central, Optimist International and the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Bob and his wife Jane have four children and reside in Lenexa, Kansas.


 David W. Perky, CPA, CFP®

David PerkyAs a co-founder of the firm, Dave was instrumental in the early growth of the firm from just a couple of employees.  The firm’s unique bonus structure and administrative policies were originated under his leadership.  Dave has also served as managing partner during a majority of the years of the firm’s existence.  A Certified Public Accountant since 1978, his experience includes four years with an international accounting firm where he served on the audit and tax departments. Throughout his career he has provided tax and financial services to individuals, trusts, partnerships and corporations. Working with company owners, Dave coordinates and analyzes clients’ financial information, provides tax-planning services with an emphasis on the minimization of income taxes and has extensive experience with succession and estate planning.

His education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Kansas State University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and hundreds of continuing education hours in accounting and taxation. Dave is a member of the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Certified Financial Planners. Dave has also earned the designation of Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Specialist in Estate Planning (CSEP). He serves on the Board of Higher M-Pact - an organization whose mission is to transform high risk urban youth into tomorrow’s leaders.  He is also active in Corporate Resource Alliance – an organization dedicated to helping the business owner run his/her company more profitably. Dave and his wife Teresa have three children and reside in Overland Park, Kansas.


 David G. Workmon, CPA

David WorkmonDave graduated from Rockhurst University receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1985. Throughout his 20-plus years in public accounting he has had the opportunity to gain valuable experience in many industries, including various professional service firms, construction, manufacturing, and wholesale distribution. During his career Dave has worked in the audit, tax, and consulting areas of TPP. Through those experiences, coupled with more than eight years as TPP’s CFO, Dave has been able to provide practical solutions to his clients with their tax planning, accounting, succession planning, profitability consulting, and general business consulting needs. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Public Accountants. Dave and his wife Terri have four children and reside in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

History

History

1981
TPP opens its doors

1989
Receives first of our four CPA Digest Top 50 Accounting Firm Awards

1991
Originates retirement plan administration and consulting services

1999
TPP joins CPAmerica, national affiliation of independently owned CPA firms

2001
Launches CFO and accounting outsourcing services

2001
Designs and uses open platform for retirement plan administration services

2005
Organizes separate divisions for Retirement Plan Specialists, LLC and CFO & Accounting Resources, LLC

2006
Celebrates firm’s 25th anniversary

2006
Established internal process to collect and share client profitability ideas

2012
Implemented over $1M of client profitability ideas during each of the last 6 years

2013
TPP Partner Roy Messick testifies before the Committee on Small Business in the United States House of Representatives about small business retirement plans.

2013
Establishes Financial Checkup Program

2014
Promoted two new partners, Brent Blacklock and 
Chris Burton
INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firms

2015
INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firms

2016
INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firms

2017
INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firms
Inavero's Best of Accounting in Client Satisfaction Award

2018
Inavero's Best of Accounting in Client Satisfaction Award
Independent Member of BDO Alliance USA


During our 30+ years in the Kansas City area, our focus has always been on building relationships with our clients, and helping manage the financial portion of their businesses, to allow business owners to fully engage in running their company. Our continued emphasis on improvement, timeliness and providing an objective perspective has built our reputation.

TPP looks for opportunities to meet clients’ ever changing needs through prompt delivery of completed projects and providing profitability and cost savings ideas. Throughout our history, we’ve expanded our services as our clients’ businesses have changed to includeRetirement Plan AdministrationCFO Services and offering Financial Checkups.

 

Vision, Mission & Values


The TPP Foundation

Vision

To be the accountants and advisors of choice for business owners.

Mission

To help business owners succeed by providing valuable financial advice and timely services.

Values

Goal oriented
Responsive
Exceed expectations
Actively listen to others
Attract and retain premier clients & associates
Thoughts for our clients

TPP promises to remain goal oriented. We are responsive to our clients.  We actively listen to those within our organization as well as our clients. Internal growth is vital—we do our best to attract and retain premier clients and associates. 

 

Affiliation With BDO Alliance USA

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BDO Alliance USA

We are an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms with similar client service goals. By supplementing our services, the BDO Alliance USA allows us to:

  • Enhance our client services and broaden our capabilities overall

  • Expand our domestic and international coverage

  • Gain greater technical knowledge in specialty areas

  • Utilize professionals with experience in a wide range of industries

  • Access the most up-to-date technical information

  • Participate in the latest training programs

  • Utilize state of-the-art, customized computer systems

  • Provide our clients with key contacts and sophisticated professionals throughout the U.S.

The BDO Alliance USA brings us the necessary tools to help us better serve our clients with greater flexibility, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

The BDO Alliance USA is a subsidiary of BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership. For more than 100 years, BDO has provided quality service through the active involvement of experienced and committed professionals.  The firm serves clients through more than 60 offices over 550 independent Alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multi-national clients through a global network of more than 73,000 people working out of 1,500 offices across 162 countries.

BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, is the U.S. member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms.  BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms.

 

In The News

TPP CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS EARNS INAVERO’S 2017 BEST OF ACCOUNTING™ AWARD FOR CLIENT SERVICE EXCELLENCE

Overland Park, KS (October 24, 2017) TPP Certified Public Accountants, a leading accounting firm announced today they have won Inavero’s Best of Accounting™ Awardfor providing superior service to their clients. The Best of Accounting Award winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients. Results used the firm’s Net Promoter Score (NPS), a customer satisfaction survey that measures the loyalty that exists between a provider and a business. Net Promoter Scores are used by more than two-thirds of Fortune 1000 companies, and often act as a leading indicator of an organization’s growth.

TPP Certified Public Accountants received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 85% percent of their clients, significantly higher than the accounting industry’s average of 43% percent. 

“The 2017 Best of Accounting award recipients have gone to great lengths to demonstrate their commitment to service quality,” says Inavero Founder and CEO, Eric Gregg. “Winning firms not only invest time and resources toward surveying clients, they commit to providing validated feedback to the public on BestofAccounting.com – making the satisfaction of their clients a central strategy for growing their business.” 

“We are proud and honored to be recognized for our efforts in this way. Thank you to our clients for our ongoing opportunity to serve them,” said TPP’s Bob Parker, Partner. 

About Best of Accounting™

Best of Accounting recognizes accounting firms that have demonstrated exceptional service quality based exclusively on ratings provided by their clients. The award program provides statistically valid and objective service quality benchmarks for the accounting industry, revealing which firms deliver the highest quality of service to their clients. BestofAccounting.com is the directory of choice for sourcing leading accounting firms with validated satisfaction scores in the US and Canada.

About Inavero

Rooted in satisfaction research for business service firms, Inavero’s proprietary online survey program leverages the Net Promoter® Score methodology to measure client satisfaction. Inavero partners with business service firms in more than 15 countries to measure client satisfaction, improve retention, capture testimonials, and increase new business. 


 

TPP Certified Public Accountants Named Best of the Best CPA Firm 2017, Four Years Running

Carmel, Ind. (August 30, 2017) – Continuing the tradition of more than 20 years, INSIDE Public Accounting’s (IPA’s) has unveiled the 2017 list of the Best of the Best public accounting firms in the nation. This group, the highest performers within the profession, are ranked on more than 70 metrics. The 2017 Best of the Best firms produce superior financial results while planning for long-term, sustainable growth.

In 2017, 587 firms were eligible for this accolade by participating in IPA’s 27th Annual Survey and Analysis of Firms.

The IPA Best of the Best firms are scattered across the U.S. and Canada and come in all sizes - from 27 employees to 2,615. Two-thirds of the Best of the Best firms appeared on the list in 2016, demonstrating an impressive commitment to excellence and sustainability.

IPA has also named 10 firms under $5 million in net revenue for the Best of the Best Under $5 Million. Unlike their large-firm counterparts, these firms earned this distinction with fewer resources to deliver top-notch client service, sought-after benefits and professional development across the firm – hallmarks of the Best of the Best.

“Best of the Best firms excel by achieving the delicate balance of focus on culture, clients, team and financial results,” says Michael Platt, principal of the Platt Group and publisher of the accounting trade publication, INSIDE Public Accounting. “Best of the Best firms are judged on dozens of metrics that truly take a holistic view of success. Their strategic focus on all areas that make accounting firms great have produced the results that merit this sought-after accolade.”

Kelly Platt, publisher of INSIDE Public Accounting, says firm leaders who are looking to improve can look to the results produced by the IPA Best of the Best. “Best of the Best firms show that discipline, planning and a systematic approach to improvement can result in measurable progress toward their goals. In a rapidly changing business environment, Best of the Best firms thrive.”

A full list of the 2017 IPA Best of the Best firms, including the Under $5 Million category and, new this year, Best of the Best in Canada can be found HERE.


 

Do You Know How Your Business Measures Up?

By Robert W. Parker (October 2015) Ingram's Magazine

KPIs aren’t just for big businesses; using them can improve profitability anywhere.

Key Performance Indicators are measurements that can help you monitor the financial health of your business. When tracked consistently, KPIs help you make important decisions that affect your daily operations, growth and profitability.

A quick Google search reveals hundreds of KPIs, so your first task is to determine which ones are “key” to your business. Start by looking at your business goals and choosing KPIs that measure those goals specifically. Next, determine a target (such as current industry ratios) for each KPI and track your results against that target. This will help you monitor your performance and assess which areas of your business need the most attention.

Here are a few KPIs that are applicable to most industries:

Receivables Turnover:

For companies having issues with cash flow or collections, tracking this ratio over time will show whether sales are quickly being turned into cash. If receivables are not collected in a reasonable amount of time, cash flow will suffer. Used in conjunction with a receivables-aging schedule, the receivables turnover ratio will draw attention to overdue accounts that should be a priority for collection.

Inventory Turnover:

Using the same idea as receivables turnover, this ratio measures how long inventory is sitting on shelves before being sold. Ideally, inven-tory sits for a short amount of time before customers buy it. This ratio varies significantly across different industries, so be sure to use your own industry’s statistics with this KPI. If the turnover rate is significantly lower than the industry average, you may have too much invested in inventory.

Net Profit Margin:

This simple metric, when tracked consistently, can indicate sales trends throughout the year. If you only track net profit margin yearly or quarterly, you might be overlooking shorter seasonality trends that could be helpful with future forecasting and budgeting. Tracking this metric on a monthly or weekly basis can more clearly illuminate important trends.

Click HERE to read about more Key Performance Indicator's for your business.

 

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