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MEET THE MRZ TEAM

the team that turns
ideas into results

MRZ delivers IDEAS, ANSWERS and RESULTS that strengthen business and personal financial positions. Here’s a look at how our key team members work with you.

partners

MRZ Partners come from a variety of backgrounds and have deep expertise in many industries, in addition to decades of experience working with privately held companies. They operate as strategic accounting partners and business advisors, proactively providing ideas and answers that deliver meaningful results.

THE MRZ DIFFERENCE
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Wesley Middleton

Wesley Middleton

partner, CPA

Wesley Middleton is a Tax Partner at MRZ with decades of tax compliance and consulting experience and particular expertise in the oil and gas, construction and manufacturing industries.

Wesley is also the managing partner of the firm and is responsible for the expansion and growth of MRZ. Wesley earned his B.S in Accounting from the University of New York. He is a member of the AICPA, Texas Society of CPAs and the Association of Accounting Marketing. He is active as a musician at church, and in his free time, enjoys traveling with his family and watching football.

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Stan Raines

Stan Raines

partner, CPA

Stan Raines is a Tax Partner at MRZ and the Managing Partner of MRZ's Austin office. He specializes in tax and accounting services, with particular expertise in the construction and oil field services industries.

Stan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Accounting & Finance from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. When not in the office, Stan enjoys being on the water, especially sailing, grilling and spending time with family.

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James Zapata

James Zapata

partner, CPA

James Zapata is the Audit Partner at MRZ, specializing in the progressive audit and accounting realms across a variety of industries, including healthcare, oil and gas, real estate, construction, manufacturing and retirement plans.

James received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Houston. He is a member of the AICPA, Texas Society of CPAs and the Association of Accounting Marketing. Most of his free time is spent with his family, but he also enjoys hunting and getting involved in sports in various capacities.

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Michael Parmet

Michael Parmet

partner, CPA, PFS, TEP, CFP®

Michael Parmet is a Partner at MRZ with decades of experience in public accounting with Houston-area firms. He has particular expertise in real estate, restaurants, and professional services. A Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, and Personal Financial Specialist, he received his Masters in Accounting from Rice University.

Michael is an active member of several local accounting and financial chapters and serves as a tax expert on KTRH radio. He is a level two sommelier, and on the weekend enjoys biking and dining at local restaurants.

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Evan Tierce

Evan Tierce

partner

Evan Tierce is the Partner lead of the MRZ Practice Growth Team. He has a diverse knowledge base including business process outsourcing, sales function automation, and systems design and implementation.

Before joining MRZ as the Director of Practice Growth, Evan served as the Human Capital Solutions Manager at G&A Partners, spearheading the human capital technology division of the Professional Employer Organization. He also played in the New York Yankees minor league organization before retiring from baseball. Evan received his M.S.Ed. from Baylor University and his B.E.S.S. from Texas State University. He is a proud Texan and enjoys spending time with his wife and wrestling with his two young boys during his free time.

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Jay Tompkins

Jay Tompkins

partner, CPA
Jay Tompkins is the Partner-in-charge of the MRZ Spring office. His expertise ranges from partnership and corporate taxation to gift and business state taxation. He has also served as the vice president of the Woodlands Chamber Board of Directors and remains an active community member.

Jay earned his B.B.A. in Accounting and his Master in Professional Accounting from Stephen F. Austin University. In addition to work, Jay enjoys going on family RV trips and car racing. 
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Roger Ledbetter

Roger Ledbetter

partner, CPA
Roger Ledbetter is a Tax Partner at the MRZ Houston office. With an assurance-focused background that includes audits, review, compilations and agreed-upon procedures, he has experience in the small, middle and large markets. His industry experience includes the construction, manufacturing, retail, distribution, not-for-profit, energy, healthcare and financial industries.
 
Roger earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Accountancy from Texas State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas and a member of the American Institute of CPAs, as well as the Texas Society of CPAs.
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Jon Meadows

Jon Meadows

partner, CPA, JD

Jon Meadows is a Tax Partner at MRZ. Jon specializes in complex tax and accounting needs for small and midsize businesses. He is well-versed in IRS controversies and disputes, in addition to his work with planning for oil and gas transactions and inbound international business transactions.

Jon earned both his B.B.A. in accounting and his J.D. from the University of Houston. He is an active member of the AICPA and was admitted to the bar of the United States Tax Court. In his free time, he enjoys reading and driving his 1972 Chevelle.

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Christian Devin

Christian Devin

partner, CPA
Christian Devin is a Tax Partner at MRZ with experience in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, oil and gas, construction and hospitality. He specializes in complex tax issues for small and middle market privately held companies.

Christian received his B.B.A. in Accounting and M.S. in Accountancy and Taxation from the University of Houston. When not working, he enjoys spending time with family and crafting delicious dishes, inspired by his previous career as a professional chef. 
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Ed Drake

Ed Drake

partner, MSFP, AEP®, CFP®

Ed Drake is the Managing Partner of MRZ Financial. A veteran wealth management leader, Ed offers expert integrated financial planning, retirement, and risk management services to individuals and entrepreneurs who crave a better financial guidance process and partner.

Ed’s primary goal is to provide service grounded in an integrated planning approach and unique guidance process. He brings decades of experience working with business owners, professionals, and executive clients, and high-net-worth families. His experience includes investment management, risk management, and strategic planning related to business, retirement, estate, and asset allocation.

MRZ Managers

MRZ Managers are technical gurus, bringing sharp insight and deep technical expertise to the table. They leverage MRZ’s intellectual capital to execute the strategic plan set by you and your MRZ Partner, adding key knowledge and guidance along the way.

DELIVERING RESULTS
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Amanda Schneider

Amanda Schneider

MRZ Managers, PHR

Amanda Schneider, PHR, is the Employee Experience Officer at MRZ. A graduate of the University of Houston, Amanda has worked in Human Resources for a number of organizations and holds a PHR certification from the HR Certification Institute.

At MRZ, Amanda ensures that employees have a positive, supportive environment in which to work and grow. This extends to everything from benefits and software to access important documents to launching programs, such as Unlimited Paid Time Off, and finding new and progressive ways to make the employee experience at MRZ exceptional.

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Curtis Mason

Curtis Mason

Chief Integration Officer

As the Chief Integration Officer of MRZ, Curtis Mason oversees operational, administrative, and staffing areas, implementing streamlined processes and procedures and providing improved accuracy, efficiency, and productivity. His extensive background in roles that combine finance, accounting, management, and operations put him in a unique position to support firm growth and profitability.

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Emily Mazey

Emily Mazey

MRZ Managers

Emily Mazey is the Chief Administrative Officer at MRZ. She provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the firm has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength and operational efficiency.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Emily has worked in public accounting for a number of years, as a tax services coordinator and human resources manager, before moving to her current role with MRZ. 

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Jaclyn Burket

Jaclyn Burket

MRZ Managers, ASA, CFE
Jaclyn Burket is the Director of SKY Valuation, MRZ’s sister valuation and forensics accounting firm. A Certified Fraud Examiner and member of the American Society of Appraisers, Jaclyn regularly serves as an expert witness, attending trials, mediations, arbitrations and hearings to provide expert testimony/advice.

She is experienced in valuation, forensic accounting and litigation support. Her specialties include valuation, financial analysis, inventory preparation, tracing of assets and accounts and testimony, among others. Known for her responsiveness and involvement in every step of the process, Jaclyn regularly consults business owners and entrepreneurs in matters related to valuation, transaction advisory and transition planning.
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Janice Schoonover

Janice Schoonover

MRZ Managers

Janice Schoonover is a Tax Manager at MRZ with decades of experience in public accounting. Her specialties are individual and small business taxation, including LLCs, partnerships, S-corps and sole proprietorships. Janice is known for her responsiveness and impeccable client service. Janice received her B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas Tech University.

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Jason Murff

Jason Murff

MRZ Managers, CPA

Jason Murff is an Audit Manager at MRZ. Jason's specialties include SEC audits and reviews, private audits, derivatives, stock-based compensation and complex debt and equity transactions. He is experienced in the manufacturing, retail, transportation/shipping and oil and gas industries.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Jason received both his B.B.A. and Master's in Accounting from the institution. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas.

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JONATHAN HEFLIN

JONATHAN HEFLIN

MRZ MANAGERS, CPA

Jonathan is a Tax Manager at MRZ’s Spring office. He received his B.B.A. in Finance and his MBA from Texas A&M University and his Master of Professional Accounting from University of Texas at Arlington. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Jonathan’s areas of expertise include preparing corporate, individual, partnership, S corporation, and trust returns.

When not hard at work, he enjoys hunting, fishing and traveling.

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JR Garcia

JR Garcia

MRZ Managers

Isidonio "JR" Garcia is the Accounting & Advisory Manager at MRZ. JR is the go-to for business owners or accounting professionals looking to optimize internal accounting processes and systems. His team can help with anything from system selection and implementation and ongoing QuickBooks maintenance and support to outsourced accounting and payroll needs. JR has wide industry experience, including the healthcare, manufacturing, and oil and gas industries, with particular knowledge in construction. A graduate of the University of Houston, JR holds an Advanced Certificate of Accounting and is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. 

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Liz Ngo

Liz Ngo

MRZ Managers, CPA

Liz Ngo is an Audit Manager at MRZ. Her background is in attest services, including compilations, reviews and audits for private companies, in addition to agree-upon procedure agreements. Her primary industry expertise is in the construction, manufacturing and energy realms.

Liz is meticulous in her work and prides herself on quick and thorough communication with clients throughout the audit process. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, Liz is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas.

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Lupita Rodriguez

Lupita Rodriguez

MRZ Managers, CPA, MBA

Lupita Rodriguez is the Tax Director at MRZ. Her specialties include oil and gas accounting, complex tax issues, business advisory services and taxation of organizations in the construction and professional services industries.

Lupita received her B.B.A. in Accounting and her MBA from the University of Houston. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Nick Hart

Nick Hart

MRZ Managers, CPA

Nick Hart is an Audit Manager at MRZ. A graduate of Texas A&M University, he is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas. Nick’s background is in assurance services, including compilations, reviews and audits, as well as client consulting. He has worked with a variety of industries, with a focus on construction and manufacturing.

His experience includes Housing and Urban Development (HUD), oil field services, healthcare non-profits and employee benefit plans. An avid golfer and fitness enthusiast, Nick enjoys playing new courses, trying new foods and getting in a good workout in his free time.

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Ricky Castillo

Ricky Castillo

MRZ Managers, CPA

Ricky Castillo is a Tax Manager at MRZ's Spring office. His expertise includes individual, partnership, S-corporation and business state taxation. He is particularly experienced in the real estate, construction, oil and gas and service industries, as well.

Ricky received both his master’s degree in Professional Accounting and B.B.A. in Accounting from Sam Houston State University. He is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Houston Chapter American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Sara Records

Sara Records

MRZ MANAGERS, CPA

Sara Records is a Tax Manager at MRZ. After graduating from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, she then completed the Certificate in Accountancy Program at the University of Houston. Her areas of expertise include individual taxation, S Corps and partnerships.

In her free time, you can catch Sara on a bike in spin class, spending time with her family and friends, and watching her husband compete in Camaro-Mustang Challenge events.

She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas.

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Stephen Blacklock

Stephen Blacklock

MRZ Manager, CPA

Stephen Blacklock is a tax manager at MRZ. He specializes in individual tax returns and S corporations. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and member of the Houston CPA Society.

In his free time, Stephen enjoys playing golf, spending time with his family and keeping up with the Astros and Rockets.

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William Chambers

William Chambers

MRZ Managers

Will Chambers is a Tax Manager at MRZ. With over a decade in public accounting, Will has experience in both the audit and tax realms. He specializes in partnership and corporate tax compliance, with a primary focus on closely held and midsize companies.

He is experienced in the healthcare, real estate and manufacturing industries. Will earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Lamar University and is currently working toward his CPA license.

Client Relationship Managers

When you join MRZ, you get a dedicated client relationship manager. These professionals act as your primary contact and technical resource facilitator, ready to help whenever you have a question. They provide ongoing support and contact you throughout the year to identify ways we can better serve you.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE
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Blanca Peña

Blanca Peña

Client Relationship Managers

Blanca Peña is the Lead Client Relationship Manager at MRZ. She has over 7 years of customer care experience and several years of Human Resources experience. In addition to earning her Fundamental Payroll Certification, she is earning her Integrated Communication Degree at the University of Houston.

How Blanca supports you:

-Acts as your primary client contact and technical resource facilitator
-Attends planning meetings with Partners to ensure action items are recorded and your desired outcomes are achieved
-Continually updates you on your engagement’s progress
-Coordinates value-added services across multiple divisions
-Proactively contacts you throughout the year to identify planning opportunities due to certain business and life events

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Christina Lynton

Christina Lynton

Client Relationship Managers

Christina Lynton is a Client Relationship Manager at MiddletonRaines+Zapata. A graduate of the University of Houston, she received a B.B.A. in Marketing and a minor in Management. Her experience includes roles in customer service and business development, where she managed email campaigns, budget preparation and conference duties, among other responsibilities.

How Christina supports you:

-Acts as your primary client contact and technical resource facilitator
-Attends planning meetings with Partners to ensure action items are recorded and your desired outcomes are achieved
-Continually updates you on your engagement’s progress
-Coordinates value-added services across multiple divisions
-Proactively contacts you throughout the year to identify planning opportunities due to certain business and life events

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Brittany Blakely

Brittany Blakely

Client Relationship Managers

Brittany Blakley is a Client Relationship Manager at MRZ's Spring office. Prior to joining the CRM team, Brittany served as a Tax Coordinator. Her general accounting experience includes general ledger reporting, financial reporting, accounts receivable/payable/invoicing and corporate tax.

How Brittany supports you:

-Acts as your primary client contact and technical resource facilitator
-Attends planning meetings with Partners to ensure action items are recorded and your desired outcomes are achieved
-Continually updates you on your engagement’s progress
-Coordinates value-added services across multiple divisions
-Proactively contacts you throughout the year to identify planning opportunities due to certain business and life events

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Sarah Shelton

Sarah Shelton

Client Relationship Managers

Sarah Shelton is a Client Relationship Manager in MRZ's Spring office and assists in both tax and accounting and advisory matters. Her primary work background is in customer care and administration, and clients most appreciate her efficiency and responsiveness. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Business Arts Degree in Mass Communication from Texas State University in San Marcos.   

How Sarah supports you:

-Acts as your primary client contact and technical resource facilitator
-Attends planning meetings with Partners to ensure action items are recorded and your desired outcomes are achieved
-Continually updates you on your engagement’s progress
-Coordinates value-added services across multiple divisions
-Proactively contacts you throughout the year to identify planning opportunities due to certain business and life events

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Ashley Johannsen

Ashley Johannsen

Client Relationship Manager

Ashley Johannsen is a Client Relationship Manager in MRZ's Houston office and is the voice you hear when calling the main office line. In her spare time she likes to spend quality time with her family, watch movies and try new restaurants. 

How Ashley supports you:

-Acts as your primary client contact and technical resource facilitator
-Attends planning meetings with Partners to ensure action items are recorded and your desired outcomes are achieved
-Continually updates you on your engagement’s progress
-Coordinates value-added services across multiple divisions
-Proactively contacts you throughout the year to identify planning opportunities due to certain business and life events

Practice Growth

MRZ’s Practice Growth team consists of business development and marketing professionals whose job it is to enrich and support your client experience. Practice Growth Directors learn your business, pairing you with the best-fit team and identifying ongoing strategic opportunities. The Marketing team stays up to date on the latest industry insights and produces helpful resources that support your business and personal financial goals.

GROWTH DRIVEN SERVICES
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Troy Sanchez

Troy Sanchez

Practice Growth

Troy Sanchez is the Practice Growth Director at MRZ’s Houston office. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Troy played basketball for the University of Michigan’s men’s basketball team before graduating and moving into a career in special events security, bringing him to Texas and to MRZ.

In his current role at MRZ, he aids the business development efforts of the firm, focusing on pairing the right client with the right accounting advisor for optimal results. Troy is a recent graduate of Rice University’s CFP® Graduate Certificate Planning Program and has experience in sales, management, customer service and growth initiatives.

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Catherine Seitz

Catherine Seitz

Practice Growth

Catherine Seitz is the Brand Experience Officer at MRZ, charged with finding meaningful and accessible ways to share MRZ’s mission of “Ideas. Answers. Results” with the world. Her primary areas of expertise are marketing and communications strategy, content marketing and marketing automation.

A Texas native, Catherine graduated from the University of Houston with a B.B.A. in Marketing before moving into the digital marketing sphere. The recent launch of MRZ companies MRZ Financial and SKY Valuation presents her with new opportunities to address the financial needs of the busy entrepreneur or business owner.

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Kelsey Gonzales

Kelsey Gonzales

Practice Growth

Kelsey Gonzales is a member of the marketing team at MRZ. She specializes in digital media and graphic design, having worked with TV and radio digital departments in the past, in addition to assisting in various website-based projects throughout her career.

With a knack for spotting the most minute of details, she enjoys creating focused, attractive media for MRZ’s audiences, both internal and external. Kelsey is a Michigan transplant and graduate of Michigan State University.

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