At SMB, we hold our clients and their needs at the center of everything we do. We aim to be a resource and an expert partner that can help our clients make good business decisions. We also pride ourselves on creating a culture our employees love and a place they enjoy working. Our services span across individual and business tax income preparation, monthly accounting, and specialized audit needs that ultimately allow our clients to focus on what they do best – running a business.
Jake is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Sanders, Myers & Blackwell CPAs, LLP. He has 20 years of public accounting experience. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Administrative Management, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State University. He’s a proud member of the AICPA. Jake is recognized as an industry expert in various tax incentives, including Historic Tax Credits, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, like-kind exchanges, and opportunity zone investments.
You might not know, but Jake is a huge self-proclaimed ‘Lego nerd’ and a long-time Kansas City Chiefs season ticket holder. He loves to go camping with Catherine and their dogs. Always looking for the holistic view, Jake loves the motto “If all you see is what you see then you fail to see all there is to be seen.”
Chris co-founded Sanders, Myers & Blackwell CPAs, LLP in December of 2019. With over 15 years of public accounting experience, his areas of specialty include Nonprofits, Audit and Attestation Services, and Low Income Government Audits. Chris is also a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor® and assists clients in organizing, developing, and implementing efficient and effective financial accounting systems.
Chris is an AICPA member and former President of CCCC Sertoma Club. He is a graduate of Missouri State University where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Accountancy degrees. One notable thing about Chris you might not know is he is a Veteran of the Missouri Air National Guard and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Matthew is a Partner and co-founder of Sanders, Myers & Blackwell CPAs, LLP. He specializes in low-income housing audits and cost certifications for historic and low-income projects, nonprofit audits, and individual and corporate taxation. He’s an AICPA member with nearly 15 years of public accounting experience and is a graduate of Missouri State University where he earned a Master of Accountancy degree. Matt’s ability to stay calm, collected and to make informed decisions based on his expertise is something our clients appreciate. Those same skills serve him well during interoffice banter, which often results in teasing Matt about his rural roots (in jest, of course!).
Catherine is the Firm Administrator at Sanders, Myers & Blackwell CPAs, LLP, also known as the maestro behind the scenes, ensuring that our day-to-day operations are running smoothly and that our personnel have everything they need to continue providing top-notch care for our clients. That level of care is something that comes naturally to Catherine, with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and an Associate of Science in Nursing, and she has a unique ability to anticipate the needs of the office and stays one step ahead of us all.
While she doesn’t have direct client responsibilities, Catherine is a crucial part of ensuring our work is done efficiently and oversees many operations responsibilities, including our marketing efforts. In her free time, Catherine loves to travel and spend time with her family and dogs.
To know Robbie is to love Robbie – everyone agrees! Robbie has worked in both private and public accounting since 1980. Robbie graduated from Sauk Valley College in Sterling, Illinois with an Associate in Applied Science for Accounting. She provides a variety of services to the firm including preparation of payroll and payroll taxes, sales and use taxes, monthly accounting, and financial statements.
Julie brings over 30 years of private and public accounting experience and serves as a QuickBooks ProAdvisor® to support clients in navigating the small business accounting software. Julie is recognized as a Certified Public Bookkeeper, which she utilizes to assist clients of all sizes in maintaining accurate accounting records, and a member of the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB). Julie graduated from Ozarks Technical Community College, Magna Cum Laude, in December of 2013 with an Associate in Applied Science & Accounting. Julie keeps an eye on the future and growth, living by the motto “Don’t look back. You’re not going that way.”
Brad joined SMB CPAs in February 2021 as a CPA. He’s always known accounting was his passion and began balancing all deposits and accounts receivable at his first job, solidifying his path from that point forward. Brad’s areas of expertise are wide, although his areas of specialty include Trusts and Estates. He’s an AICPA. With over 20 years of experience, Brad is a great asset to SMB and our clients. He holds a Master of Accountancy from Missouri State University. One of Brad’s favorite quotes is “Time is the fire in which we burn”, and he’s not embarrassed to admit he still loves to play Magic The Gathering.
Nick Pyatt joined SMB in November 2021 and is a lover of the numbers and analytics behind accounting. He holds an MBA with an emphasis in Accounting, a BS in Accounting, and a BS in International Business. He’s a QuickBooks ProAdvisor with several years of management experience, which is a huge asset to SMB and our clients. We can always count on Nick to dress up for Halloween, and to share fun stories about his adorable son.
Brenden has earned a BS in Accounting with a minor in Business Analysis and is expected to finish his MBA in Finance in May 2024, both from Missouri State University. Brenden joined SMB as one of our first interns in 2021, learning real-world applications alongside his education. He’s currently on the path to obtaining his CPA certification, having successfully conquered two of four challenging sections, with the remaining exams on the horizon. Brenden is a big Kansas City Chiefs fan and enjoys playing golf. A fun fact: Brenden’s dog, Albert, is the brother of Matt’s dog, Bill. (We know, we had to read it twice, too.)
Maxwell has been with SMB since 2021, joining as an intern and then becoming full-time in January 2023. Maxwell graduated from Drury University Summa Cum Laude in December 2022 with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Drury University with majors in Accounting and Finance. He’s a member of the AICPA, and his areas of specialty include MDHC and other financial statement audits, LIHTC Cost Certifications, monthly bookkeeping, and lots of in-between. Maxwell’s ‘just go with the flow’ motto adds a calm presence to our office. One fun fact about Maxwell is he’s a big car enthusiast, loving all things cars and anything to do with cars and racing.
Joel knew he was destined for a career in accounting when he was 17 and began keeping track of his father’s small business expenses. Joining SMB in 2022 as an intern, Joel earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy, both from Missouri State University. Joel believes there’s a lesson to learn in everything – you learn from the experience and apply it when needed. Outside of work, you can catch Joel bowling. With a current bowling average of 200, he’s still striving for his first perfect 300 game.
Moriah is currently a senior attending Missouri State University pursuing a degree in Accounting. She joined SMB as an intern in 2023 and works on a little bit of everything each day – tax returns, monthly bookkeeping, assisting in historical cost certifications, audits, and anything else needed.
Her favorite motto to live by is ‘We have tomorrows for a reason’, reflective of Moriah’s upbeat attitude and ability to find the good in everything. One notable thing about Moriah is she formerly worked as an orthodontic assistant for four years before returning to school to pursue Accounting. Her fun facts surrounding teeth and knowledge of things outside of Accounting keep us on our toes.
Pamela officially joined SMB in October 2023 and you know from the minute you meet her she’s full of life and doesn’t know a stranger. Her favorite thing about working at SMB is the environment, attention to customer service, and the fact that we care a lot about getting work done, but we know the importance of having a bit of fun, too.
Pamela can often be spotted wearing her favorite color, purple, and spending as much time outside as possible, or working on creative projects.