Jordan Empey, a 31-year-old certified public accountant, moved to Colorado Springs from northern Nevada to work for Stockman Kast Ryan + Co. Six years later, he’s still working for SKR, most recently being promoted to tax manager.
Where did you go to college, and why did you move here?
I graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2004. After graduation I worked for a regional firm in northern Nevada. However, it was not until I began working with Stockman Kast Ryan + Co. in 2007 that I found a place to call home. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in taxation at Northeastern University in Boston.
Colorado was not my first choice for a place to live, but my friends urged me to move to Colorado Springs. I gave in and ended up moving here and have since fallen in love with it!
Explain what you do in your job.
As a tax manager, I manage client engagements, review staff projects and tax return preparation and coach staff. I specialize in closely held businesses, real estate and construction, auto dealers and financial institutions.
My job allows me to have continual contact with clients, developing relationships that allow me to serve as a business advisor and not simply a tax preparer. One of the things I appreciate about Stockman Kast Ryan + Co. is the emphasis on being lifelong learners. I graduated from Leadership Pikes Peak last year and am currently involved in a two-year program at Rainmaker Companies.
What is the difference between closely held businesses and public businesses?
Most privately owned businesses are considered closely held. A closely held company is owned by a small group of owners, which allows them greater flexibility in maintaining control and operations of their business. Closely held companies tend to be more stable in value compared to the turbulent value change that takes place every day for publicly held companies on the stock exchange.
What do you like most about the city?
It’s hard to beat Colorado Springs as a place to live with the mountains so close, providing the recreation I love, such as snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking. The seasons are beautiful! Although it can get cold, there are always more than enough days through the winter to get out and enjoy the outdoors. You just can’t beat that!
What are some challenges that young professionals face in this city?
There are some fantastic young individuals that live and work in Colorado Springs. A challenge I believe we have is that not as many young professionals take risks in Colorado Springs. I have heard of a number of people trying new businesses in Denver, instead of the Springs, because they consider that a more hospitable market. I believe those ideas would work great in Colorado Springs and I would encourage people to try their ideas here.
Tell us about your family.
I have a beautiful wife, Jennifer, and two amazing little boys. Zane is 2 years old and Jase, our baby, just joined our family this May. While I enjoy my career in public accounting, these three are the reason I live and I am grateful and blessed to have them as my family.
What do you do in your spare time?
As a dad of two young boys, I’m not sure what “spare time” feels like! But my wife and I do manage to play ultimate Frisbee, passing off the boys to each other as we take turns, running in to play a point, etc. We also love to put the boys in backpacks, grab the dogs and head up to the mountains for hiking or camping as a family and with friends.