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What began with a chance meeting more than five decades ago has evolved into one of the leading public accounting firms in West Texas. In 1961, Wm. H. Armstrong, CPA opened an office in San Angelo to practice public accounting. He met Mason L. Backus, CPA at a mutual client’s office, and the two formed a partnership in 1963 that later became Armstrong, Backus & Co., LLP.

Today, Armstrong, Backus & Co. has locations in San Angelo and Midland. Our continual investment of time and resources in professional education and state-of-the-art computer technology is a direct reflection of our commitment to meeting client needs and delivering professional excellence.

PARTNERS & STAFF


Our partners and staff take pride in giving you assurance that the personal assistance you receive is built upon a legacy of success and wide-ranging industry experience. Satisfied clients include individuals and businesses all across West Texas and beyond.

Armstrong, Backus & Co. is licensed by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy to practice as a CPA firm. The partners and CPA staff are members of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. We adhere to all required ethical standards and practices as set forth by both organizations.

SAN ANGELO PARTNERS & OF COUNSEL

James L. Sanderson, CPA

James L. Sanderson, CPA

Managing Partner

325.653.6854 ext. 3213

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James L. Sanderson accepted the role of Managing Partner with Armstrong, Backus & Co. in January of 2016. He previously served on the firm’s executive committee since 2011.

Sanderson was awarded his B.B.A. and M.S.A. from Texas Tech University in 1993 before joining the firm of Armstrong, Backus & Co. in 1994. In 1996, he earned his CPA designation, and in 2005 became a Partner.

Today, Sanderson is a Tax Service Partner and Partner-in-Charge of Financial Services, in addition to his managing partner duties.

He received his Series 7 and Series 63 License in 1999 through the National Association of Securities Dealers, and is an award-winning Financial Advisor with First Global – capturing the Eagle Award for Excellence in Wealth Management.

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Sanderson has held multiple community service leadership roles throughout his career, including:

- President, San Angelo Financial Planning Council
- President and Board Member, Sonrisas Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
- President/Board Member, San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Foundation
- Treasurer/Board Member, Boy Scouts of America, Concho Valley Council
- Allocation Committee Member, United Way of Concho Valley
- Board Member, Blackwell United Methodist Church
- Graduate and Association Alumni, Leadership San Angelo

He is a current member in the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and National Association of Security Dealers with previous tenure as President of the San Angelo Chapter of Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Michael R. Bodiford, CPA, CFE

Michael R. Bodiford, CPA, CFE

Audit Partner

325.653.6854 ext. 3216

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Michael R. Bodiford is an Armstrong, Backus & Co. Audit Partner and is also the Partner-in-Charge of Information Technology.

He joined the firm in 1976, the same year he earned his B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington. In 1978, he attained his CPA designation and in 1983 was named a Partner to the firm.

In 1996, Bodiford was awarded his Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation.

Throughout his career, he has been involved in numerous professional organizations, such as:

- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Past President, San Angelo Chapter, TSCPA
- Past Member, TSCPA Quality Review Committee
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Bodiford has also held multiple community service roles, including Past Treasurer for the West Texas Boys Ranch, West Texas Boys Ranch Foundation, and Angelo Civic Theatre. He is also a Past President for the West Side Lions Club and Past Treasurer for Growth Options, as well as a Leadership San Angelo graduate.

Tommy A. Corbell, CPA

Tommy A. Corbell, CPA

Tax Partner

325.653.6854 ext. 3217

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Tommy A. Corbell has been in the public practice of accounting since 1974. He earned his B.B.A. from Texas Tech in 1975 and joined Armstrong, Backus & Co. in 1976. In 1982, Corbell earned his CPA designation and two years later, became a Tax Partner with the firm.

He is engaged in client consulting, primarily in the areas of taxation and business advisory services. He manages more than 500 firm accounts with diversified activities—concentrating in oil and gas and agriculture.

His numerous community service roles include:

- West Side Lions Club
- Member, Board of Directors, American Cancer Society
- President, San Angelo Country Club
- Vice President, San Angelo Country Club
- Secretary/Treasurer, San Angelo County Club
- President/Treasurer Hospice Foundation
- Secretary/Treasurer, Hospice of San Angelo
- Fundraising Volunteer, United Way and Salvation Army

In addition to his membership in the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Corbell has also served as Past Chairman of the Ethics Committee and a Board of Directors member for the San Angelo Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also holds membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Brad L. Fly, CPA

Brad L. Fly, CPA

Tax Partner

325.653.6854 ext. 3230

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Brad L. Fly joined Armstrong, Backus & Co. in 1997 and approximately three years later earned his B.B.A. and M.B.A. at Angelo State University. He was awarded his CPA designation in 2002 and became a Partner within the firm in January, 2009.

Fly is a native of San Angelo and has brought numerous new accounts into the firm—continuing to excel in the area of new business acquisition while overseeing hundreds of client accounts. His primary areas of professional focus are in taxation consulting and business advisory services.

Throughout his career, he has been involved in various community service leadership roles, including:

- Board Member/Treasurer, Hospice of San Angelo, Inc.
- Board Member, Sonrisas Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
- Board Member/Controller, San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Association
- Board Member/Treasurer, San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Foundation
- Finance Committee Member, First United Methodist Church
- Previous Member, City of San Angelo Planning Commission
- Previous Member, City of San Angelo Water Advisory Board
- Past President/Board Member, ASU Alumni Association

Fly was recently recognized by community leaders as one of “20 Under 40” award recipients for his outstanding professionalism, community impact, and his focus on building relationships.

He is a current member in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He previously held the position of President for the San Angelo Chapter of Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Freddy L. Moore, CPA

Freddy L. Moore, CPA

Tax/Audit Partner

325.653.6854 ext. 3218

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Freddy L. Moore first joined the firm in 1981 upon graduating from Texas Tech University with a B.B.A. degree. He earned his CPA designation in 1984, and moved into the position of Partner in 1994. His primary areas of practice are in financial accounting and auditing.

Throughout his career, he has been involved in numerous community service roles, such as:

- Board of Directors, West Texas Boys Ranch
- Board of Directors, West Texas Boys Ranch Foundation
- Board of Directors, Adult Literacy Council
- Finance Committee, Christmas at Old Fort Concho
- Chairman, Reservations, Christmas at Old Fort Concho
- Secretary/Treasurer, San Angelo County Club
- Co-chairman, Accounts Division, United Way Fund Drive
- President, Christmas in April
- Treasurer, First United Methodist Church
- Coach, Little League Baseball
- Fundraising Volunteer, Boy Scouts and United Way
- Graduate, Leadership San Angelo

Moore is a current member in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the San Angelo Chapter of Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Gary D. Summers, CPA

Gary D. Summers, CPA

Tax Partner

325.653.6854 ext. 3219

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Gary D. Summers has been in the public practice of accounting since 1983. He earned his B.B.A. from Angelo State University in 1982 and his CPA designation in 1987. In 1994, he became a Tax Partner with Armstrong, Backus & Co.

His primary area of client engagement is in taxation consulting. At present, he oversees hundreds of client accounts.

Summers has held multiple community service leadership roles throughout his career, including involvement in high-profile organizations, such as:

- Angelo State University Ram Club
- YMCA Board of Directors
- United Way Loaned Executive Program

He is a current member in the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as a former Past President to the San Angelo Chapter of Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Gayla C. Thornton, CPA

Gayla C. Thornton, CPA

Audit Partner

325.653.6854 ext. 3224

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Gayla C. Thornton joined the firm of Armstrong, Backus & Co. in 2001 after earning a B.B.A. and her M.B.A. from Angelo State University in 2000. She received her CPA certification in 2006 and accepted the position of partner in 2014.

Thornton was named a 2012 Texas Business Women to Watch Nominee by the Texas Business Women of San Angelo. She was recognized by the Leadership San Angelo Alumni Association with the 2013 Outstanding Alumni of the Year award. Thornton was also recognized by community leaders as one of “20 Under 40” award recipients for 2014.

She currently holds the following civic community leadership roles:

- Past President, Ballet San Angelo
- Board Member, San Angelo Area Foundation
- Board Member, San Angelo Chamber of Commerce
- Advisory Member, San Angelo Performing Arts Coalition

She currently performs with the Angelo State University Community Chorale and is a member of the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church.

In the past she has served as President/Treasurer for the Adult Enrichment Center, Treasurer of the Leadership San Angelo Alumni Association, and as President of the San Angelo Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. She also served as an organist for Church of the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Sonora, Texas for many years.

Thornton is a current member in the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, San Angelo Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She is also a Leadership San Angelo graduate and alumni association member.

Jerry M. Baker, CPA

Jerry M. Baker, CPA

Of Counsel

325.653.6854 ext. 3222

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Jerry M. Baker has been in the public accounting practice since 1969. He is a San Angelo native, earning his B.B.A. in 1969 from Angelo State University, followed by his CPA designation two years later.

He joined the firm of Armstrong, Backus & Co. in 1973 and was named Partner in 1975. In 1984, he retired from AB&Co., moving to Alaska for three years before returning to his West Texas roots.

From 1986 to 2009, he led his own public accounting practice with an office serving the Uvalde/Menard area. He rejoined Armstrong, Backus & Co. in 2009 in an Of Counsel position with his primary areas of engagement including, agriculture, taxation, and business advisory services.

Throughout his career, he has been involved at various levels in numerous professional organizations, such as:

- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Past Vice President, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
- San Angelo Chapter, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants

Previous leadership roles resulted in past commendation from TSCPA as Outstanding Chapter President and Outstanding Committee Chairman. In addition, he served as a CPE Course Instructor, teaching at CPA events across Texas and Alaska.

Baker has held multiple community service roles, including involvement with the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Menard’s Business Men’s Club, and his most recent appointment as a Board Member for the West Texas Boys Ranch.

Norman D. Lubke, JD, CPA

Norman D. Lubke, JD, CPA

Of Counsel

325.653.6854 ext. 3215

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Norman D. Lubke began his career with Armstrong, Backus & Co. in 1974. He earned his B.B.A. in 1969 and JD in 1973 from Texas Tech University. Lubke was awarded his CPA designation in 1970, named Partner in 1979, and served as Managing Partner for the firm from 2007 to 2012.

With extensive experience and knowledge of tax, finance, and legal issues, he engages in client consulting within the primary areas of estate and gift planning, personal income tax planning, retirement planning, trust and estate administration, agriculture, and royalty owner taxation.

He is a San Angelo native and has held multiple community service roles, such as Director, Upper Colorado River Authority; Director, Rio Concho Manor Retirement Communities; and, Financial Management Committee, Trinity Lutheran Church. In addition, he has held numerous memberships in various professional organizations, including:

- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
- San Angelo Chapter of Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
- American Bar Association
- Texas State Bar Association
- Tom Green County Bar Association
- Concho Valley Estate Planning Council
- Concho Valley Financial Planning Council

Lubke is also a published author with Matthew Bender & Co., writing “Generation-Skipping Takes on New Twist”.

Spencer M. McDonough, CPA

Spencer M. McDonough, CPA

Of Counsel

325.653.6854 ext. 3220

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Spencer M. McDonough has been in the public accounting practice since 1964. He earned his B.B.A. in 1963 from Arlington State College, now known as University of Texas at Arlington.

For approximately one year (1963-1964) McDonough worked for a West Texas oil company. He then joined a local CPA firm as a staff accountant, and in 1971 received his CPA designation. He became Partner in 1975 of Hall, Bachman, and McDonough.

McDonough merged with the firm of Armstrong, Backus & Co. as Of Counsel in 2000. His primary engagement areas are in business advisory services and taxation—including estate and gift taxation.

His involvement in professional affiliations include:

- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Past President, San Angelo Chapter, TSCPA
- Management of an Accounting Practice Council Member, TSCPA
- Chairman, Mid-year Board Meeting, San Angelo Chapter, TSCPA

In addition, McDonough participated in the local Kiwanis Club for many years, and currently serves as a Deacon for First Baptist Church, San Angelo.



SAN ANGELO PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Audit & Assurance


Connie Kelley

Connie Kelley
Sr. Audit Staff
325.653.6854 ext. 3249
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LeAnne Byrd

LeAnne Byrd
Support Services
325.653.6854 ext. 3265
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Baron Alba

Baron Alba
Audit Intern
325.653.6854 ext. 3274
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Tax Services


Travis L. Garmon, CPA

Travis L. Garmon, CPA
Principal
325.653.6854 ext. 3254
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Chris Matlock, CPA

Chris Matlock, CPA
Principal
325.653.6854 ext. 3203
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Jacklyn Ochoa, CPA

Jacklyn Ochoa, CPA
Principal
325.653.6854 ext. 3257
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Christopher Odom, CPA

Christopher Odom, CPA
Principal
325.653.6854 ext. 3229
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Ken Buchanan, CPA

Ken Buchanan, CPA
Tax Services Manager
325.653.6854 ext. 3260
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Cheri Gray, CPA

Cheri Gray, CPA
Tax Services Manager
325.653.6854 ext. 3256
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Cheri Gray has been in the public practice of accounting since 2000, receiving her CPA designation in 2003. She is an Angelo State University graduate, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in accounting and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in accounting.

She began her career as a Staff Accountant with a local accounting firm. After moving to the Austin area, she took a position with Laura M. Stephens & Associates, PC, progressing into the leadership role of Tax Manager. The firm merged with Atchley & Associates, LLP where she served as Tax Supervisor. Her tenure with Armstrong, Backus & Co. began in 2011 when she returned to San Angelo. At present, she is one of three firm Tax Managers overseeing staff accountants handling hundreds of client projects every year.

Throughout her career, Gray has been involved in various community service organizations, including Capital Area Food Bank, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Meals on Wheels.

She is a current member in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Racheal H. Jacoby, CPA

Racheal H. Jacoby, CPA
Tax Services Manager
325.653.6854 ext. 3259
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Kaytlyn Krafka, CPA

Kaytlyn Krafka, CPA
Tax Services Manager
325.653.6854 ext. 3264
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Brenna Miazga, CPA

Brenna Miazga, CPA
Tax Services Manager
325.653.6854 ext. 3231
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Carly Samaniego, CPA

Carly Samaniego, CPA
Tax Services Manager
325.653.6854 ext. 3226
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Keeley Burnett, CPA

Keeley Burnett, CPA
Sr. Staff Accountant
325.653.6854 ext. 3227
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Trisha Corbell, CPA

Trisha Corbell, CPA
Sr. Staff Accountant
325.653.6854 ext. 3210
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Joan Schwartz, CPA

Joan Schwartz, CPA
Sr. Staff Accountant
325.653.6854 ext. 3214
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Jennifer H. Murray

Jennifer H. Murray
Sr. Tax Staff
325.653.6854 ext. 3255
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Brock Vargas

Brock Vargas
Sr. Tax Staff
325.653.6854 ext. 3244
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Shalisa Boisse

Shalisa Boisse
Staff Level II
325.653.6854 ext. 3271
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Nicol Cothran

Nicol Cothran
Staff Level II
325.653.6854 ext. 3243
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Juan Garcia

Juan Garcia
Staff Level II
325.653.6854 ext 3268
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Kylie Gee

Kylie Gee
Staff Level II
325.653.6854 ext. 3221
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Rose Lewis

Rose Lewis
Staff Level II
325.653.6854 ext. 3242
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Madeline Middleton

Madeline Middleton
Staff Level II
325.653.6854 ext 3266
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Erin Waterman

Erin Waterman
Staff Level II
325.653.6854 ext. 3234
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Travis Whitehead

Travis Whitehead
Staff Level II
325.653.6854 ext. 3273
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Pennye Zentner

Pennye Zentner
Staff Level II
325.653.6854 ext. 3207
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Financial Services


Stephanie Peddy

Stephanie Peddy
Manager, Financial Services
325.653.6854 ext. 3238
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Client Accounting Solutions


Rebekah Eilers

Rebekah Eilers
Sr. Staff
325.653.6854 ext. 3241
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Jennifer McCoy

Jennifer McCoy
Sr. Staff
325.653.6854 ext. 3253
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Alicia Parkhomov

Alicia Parkhomov
Sr. Staff
325.653.6854 ext. 3252
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Ashlei Lewis, CPA

Ashlei Lewis, CPA
Staff Level II
325.653.6854 ext. 3246
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Caitlin Buselli

Caitlin Buselli
Staff Level II
325.653.6854 ext. 3267
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Oil & Gas Accounting Solutions


Donna Springer

Donna Springer
Staff Level II
325.653.6854 ext. 3206
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Payroll Solutions


Kathy DeHoyos

Kathy DeHoyos
Staff Level II
325.653.6854 ext. 3247
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Other Staff


Michelle Burson

Michelle Burson
Firm Administrator
325.653.6854 ext. 3269
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Toni Sanchez

Toni Sanchez
Firm Administrative Support
325.653.6854 ext. 3225
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An'Dre Fay

An'Dre Fay
IT Administrator
325.653.6854 ext. 3258
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Rhonda Bolton

Rhonda Bolton
Receptionist
325.653.6854 ext. 3236
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Megan Durham

Megan Durham
Administrative Assistant
325.653.6854 ext. 3223
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Traci Perez

Traci Perez
Administrative Assistant
325.653.6854 ext. 3208
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Lilia Sanchez

Lilia Sanchez
Administrative Assistant
325.653.6854 ext. 3261
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Jaena Edwards

Jaena Edwards
Office Services Support
325.653.6854 ext. 3263
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MIDLAND PARTNERS & OF COUNSEL

J. Michael Anderson, CPA

J. Michael Anderson, CPA

Partner-in-Charge

432.682.6258 ext. 3212

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J. Michael Anderson joined Armstrong, Backus & Co. in 1977. He graduated with his B.B.A. from Texas Tech University in 1976 and received his CPA designation the following year. Anderson moved into the position of Tax Partner in 1980, serving as Managing Partner for the San Angelo office from 2001-2006.

At present, Anderson holds the role of Partner-in-Charge for the Midland office. He is engaged in client consulting in the primary areas of taxation and business advisory services, specializing in corporate taxation.

He has been very active in professional organizations, including:

- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
- President, San Angelo Chapter, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
- President, Concho Valley Estate Planning Council
- Member, TSCPA Taxpayer Education Committee
- Member, TSCPA CPE Council
- Member, Baylor University Masters of Taxation Advisory Council

In addition, he has held numerous community service activity roles, such as:

- Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer, San Angelo Area Foundation
- Board Member, Rio Concho, Inc.
- Vice Chairman, 1st Community Federal Credit Union
- Board Member/Treasurer, Central High School Bobcat Booster Club
- Board Member/Treasurer, Hospice of San Angelo, Inc.
- Graduate, Leadership San Angelo

Anderson has also been a CPE course instructor with the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, as well as a CPE course author..

P.T. (Tom) Wurster, CPA

P.T. (Tom) Wurster, CPA

Of Counsel

432.682.6258 ext. 4224

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Andrew E. Armstrong, CPA

Andrew E. Armstrong, CPA

Of Counsel

432.682.6258 ext. 4223

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Andrew E. Armstrong graduated from Texas Tech with a B.B.A. in 1974 and earned his CPA designation in 1978.

From 1974 to 1980, he worked for a West Texas oil company, subsequently taking the leadership position of Accounting Manager. He entered the public practice of accounting in 1980 as an Accountant with Tom Wurster, CPA, and in January 1981 was named a Partner in the practice. In 2012, Armstrong & Wurster joined Armstrong, Backus & Co. as Of Counsel members.

Armstrong’s primary engagement areas are in business advisory services and taxation, including estate and gift taxation.

He has been involved at various levels in professional organizations, such as:

- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Permian Basin Chapter, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Advisory Board, Midland/Odessa Business and Estate Council

Throughout his career, Armstrong has also served as Treasurer for multiple community organizations.



MIDLAND PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Tax Services


Bryan Douglas, CPA

Bryan Douglas, CPA
Tax Services Manager
432.682.6258 ext. 4214
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Rodney Cepak, CPA

Rodney Cepak, CPA
Tax Services Manager
432.682.6258 ext. 4246
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Patricia Tipping, CPA

Patricia Tipping, CPA
Tax Services Manager
432.682.6258 ext. 4209
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Albert Tavarez

Albert Tavarez
Sr. Tax Staff
432.682.6258 ext. 4215
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Rebekah Adamez, CPA

Rebekah Adamez, CPA
Staff Level II
432.682.6258 ext. 4293
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Kristen Patrick

Kristen Patrick
Staff Level I
432.682.6258 ext. 4202
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Other Staff


Kim Clevenger

Kim Clevenger
Administrative Support
432.682.6258 ext. 4208
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Lana Ervin

Lana Ervin
Receptionist
432.682.6258 ext. 4210
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