EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHTS

Employee Spotlights

Each individual’s priorities and goals are as different as their fingerprint. At Kernutt Stokes, we embrace these differences and encourage each of our employees to carve their own path to success. We believe in enjoying what we do, always doing our best and getting the most out of life along the way.

Below are some of our employee spotlights:

Aaron Kromer – Associate

What year did you join Kernutt Stokes?
2021

Where did you go to college?
Oregon State State University

Do you have any pets?
No, however I am looking to get two mini goldendoodles as soon as possible!

What’s your favorite food?
Chocolate cake. I’ve had it for every birthday so far, and every time I have it reminds me of being around my family.

Do you have a favorite book or author?
My favorite book is “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway.

Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list?
Italy. My favorite subject growing up was history, especially the periods of the Roman empire and the Renaissance, so to see the cultural centers of those periods would be a dream come true.

What do you enjoy most about living and working in Corvallis?
What I enjoy the most about living in Corvallis is the number of activities there are to do yet it still feels like a small town. For instance, you can go downtown and catch a Beaver game or go to the local farmer’s market, there really is something for everyone.

Why did you choose to work at Kernutt Stokes?
I knew I wanted to go somewhere in Oregon that made me feel like a valued employee and provided me opportunities to challenge myself. After talking with different recruiters, a few of them mentioned Kernutt Stokes, and after talking with them I knew I found the place I wanted to start my career.

What inspired you to become an accountant?
I I took an “Intro to accounting” class in high school and was blown away by how easy it was. Unfortunately, the classes got a little harder from there, but by that point accounting was something I enjoyed doing and that joy has continued.

Aaron Kromer

Liz Spreier – Associate

What year did you join Kernutt Stokes?
2019

Where did you go to college?
Idaho State University

Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have a 5-year old Airedale Terrier named Stella.

What’s your favorite food?
A freshly baked artisanal loaf of sourdough bread.

Do you have a favorite book or author?
I really enjoy Philippa Gregory as an author. She has written a bunch of historical fiction novels about the Tudors.

Do you have a favorite music genre or artist?
My favorite artist is Jason Mraz, I have been listening to his music since I was 10 years old!

What’s a fun fact about you?
One of my favorite hobbies is riding motorcycles. I learned to ride in college and used to ride my Harley Davidson to class every day.

What do you enjoy most about living and working in Eugene?
I grew up in a small town in Idaho where there was not a lot going on. I love that Eugene offers so many different restaurants and breweries, as well as outdoor activities and entertainment. It’s also great to live so close to the beautiful Oregon coast.

Why did you choose to work at Kernutt Stokes?
I knew I wanted to live in Oregon, but more importantly I knew I wanted to work for a firm that valued all of their employees, regardless of if they are a first year staff or a manager. From day one of the recruiting process I felt like Kernutt Stokes really cared about helping me accomplish my career goals and aspirations.

What inspired you to become an accountant?
I originally went to college to pursue a film degree, but realized that it would be difficult to find a job where I was at. My grandma was a CPA for 40-years and suggested that I try taking an accounting class. I took a basic accounting class and it all made perfect sense to me, somehow she knew I was meant to be an accountant!

Liz Spreier

Chad Steinhauer, CPA – Tax Senior

What year did you join Kernutt Stokes?
2018

Where did you go to college?
THE University of Oregon

What is your current job title?
I am an associate.

Why did you choose to work at Kernutt Stokes?
I didn’t originally intend on being an accountant, but through my college job I had heard about this opportunity and gave it a shot. Throughout the recruiting process I slowly got to know some of the staff here at KS and knew this was the place I wanted to be, and I was right, a lot of them are some of my best friends now and that makes it a very easy environment to work in.

What are the greatest benefits of working at Kernutt Stokes?
Comp time is a huge perk. A lot of my friends can’t believe it, or staff at other firms. Especially how easy it is to use. The partner group wants us to be able to take time off and recharge after a long busy season.

What is your favorite food?
Pulled Pork, Pizza, Steak, Elk Burger, Pulled Pork, Mac and Cheese, Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese.

Do you have a favorite music genre or artist?
Country Music for sure, but I will listen to anything. I’m especially proud of my 90s, early 2000s pop punk playlist… all the nostalgia.

What do you enjoy most about living and working in Eugene?
My family is all within a short drive from here, which was very important to me. Also, in Eugene there is a little bit for everyone. No matter your interests, there is something here for you.

What is your favorite activity to do in Eugene?
I enjoy just being outside, playing golf, hiking, floating, going to restaurants.

What is a fun fact about you?
I graduated with a class of 19 kids. In a lot of ways that shaped who I am.

Where is the next place on your travel bucket list?
New York City and Nashville are my top two right now. At least one of this will most likely get crossed off next summer.

Liz Spreier

Hope Rogers – A&A Senior 

What year did you join Kernutt Stokes?
2017

Where did you go to college?
Oregon State University

Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have two dogs – a female chocolate lab named Timber and a male black lab named Cash. I also have a cat named Mercy.

What’s your favorite food?
I LOVE Pizza!

Do you have a favorite book or author?
My all-time favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Do you have a favorite music genre or artist?
I enjoy all kinds of music.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I am learning to archery hunt. My husband bought me my first compound bow four years ago and I have been getting better every year. It is something we have really enjoyed doing together.

What do you enjoy most about living and working in Eugene?
I was born and raised in the Willamette Valley and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I enjoy the proximity to all of my favorite outdoor activities like hiking and camping, and the ocean is just an hour away. There is also great shopping, restaurants, and breweries in the Eugene area. Most importantly, I am happy to live close to family.

Why did you choose to work at Kernutt Stokes?
I chose to work at Kernutt Stokes because of the people I met during the recruiting process. Everyone was genuine and honest, which was very refreshing, and we shared similar interests and values. I also liked the location and the small firm atmosphere with the big firm opportunities for learning and growth.

What inspired you to become an accountant?
Wendy Kreslin-Adams taught my first accounting class. She was a great teacher and really sparked my interest in accounting and business.

Hope Rogers