From the outset, our founding partners realized they wanted to build more than a typical accounting firm. They wanted to build an accounting firm wherein the relationships fostered with clients pulled them, happily, into the office each day. Each and every one of our clients must trust that our counsel is wise, our actions on their behalf prudent, and that the interests served are theirs alone. Our staff appreciates that. As a result, the longevity of our client relationships, not to mention the tenure of our staff, have enabled our firm to grow and thrive for the last quarter century. Our commitment to client relationships, team-oriented approach to service, and outstanding quality of work have led to exceptionally high client satisfaction and retention. That’s the sole reason for our success.
Carpenter and Langford, P.C. was founded in 1991 by Jean Carpenter-Backus, CPA and Joe Langford, CPA. Our aim then, as now, was to provide the quality service associated with large national firms and the personal attention expected of a small, local firm. We´ve enjoyed steady growth since we first opened our doors. In 1999 we added an additional partner, James T. Ragland, CPA, and Kevin Lenahan, CPA became a partner at the end of 2009. Crystal Smith, CPA and Brett Laine, CPA became partners in early 2015.
Carpenter and Langford, P.C.´s partners and clients derive great benefit from our professional and paraprofessional staff, many of whom have years of experience. Our growth in professional staff has afforded us the opportunity to broaden the scope of resources available to our clients. We remain a leading provider of accounting and tax planning and preparation services, as well as business consulting services, bookkeeping, audit, compilation, and IRS representation.
Joe D. Langford, CPA
Joe began his accounting career immediately following his graduation from Texas A&M in 1985 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Before founding Carpenter & Langford, PC, he gained valuable real-world experience, first with Gibson, Johnson & Co. and later with John Winn and Associates. Joe enjoys working closely with businesses to help them manage and control all their financial-related activities. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Austin Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Joe remains involved in a variety of community and leadership organizations, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Breast Cancer Resource Center, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, with the Capital Area Dental Foundation, and on the Senior Aggie Leadership Council.
Kevin Lenahan, CPA
Kevin has more than 30 years of experience in tax and accounting services. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Kevin joined the Houston accounting firm of Tyler, Ellis & Tufley. In 1989, Kevin returned to Austin to work in Bob Finley´s CPA practice, where he remained for 16 years. Kevin joined Carpenter & Langford, PC in January of 2006 and became a shareholder in December 2009. He is the treasurer on the Zilker Hillside Theatre oversight board.
James T. Ragland, CPA
Jim´s 21-plus years of accounting experience and tax knowledge are an invaluable asset to our clients and us. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and worked for Johnson & Co. (later Johnson Smith & Co) until 1996, when he joined Carpenter & Langford, PC. He became a shareholder here in 1999. Jim is a member of the Austin Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Crystal Smith, CPA
Crystal received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2002. After an early career as a sales tax consultant, she joined Elms, Faris & Company in Midland, Texas in 2006. She has been with Carpenter & Langford, PC since January 2007, and earned her Master in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Texas in 2008. Crystal received her CPA license in March 2010, and has grown in her role at Carpenter & Langford, PC from staff to manager to shareholder.
Brett Laine, CPA
Brett received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from Texas State University. After graduation, he worked at Ernst & Young, LLP and regional firms, and as a controller for a public relations company. Brett specializes in income tax, franchise tax, entity selection, dissolutions and tax authority examination assistance for the wholesale/retail, manufacturing, professional services, investment services and real estate industries. Affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Business Networking International (BNI).
Curtis Bulgerin, CPA
Curtis graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in accounting in 1980. He began his career with Harold Simpson & Company in 1981, and was a Tax Manager for KPMG Peat Marwick (now KPMG) from 1986 to 1988. At that time, he opened his own public accounting practice in Round Rock. Already a seasoned tax accountant, Curtis brought valuable managerial experience to the firm when joining Carpenter & Langford, PC in 2001. He is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Ira Siegel, CPA
Ira graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Queens College in 1977. He began his career in New York, and he has extensive CPA and business management experience. He worked for a local tax practice in California and as a tax manager at Powell, Ebert & Smolik in Austin before joining Carpenter and Langford, PC in 2008. Ira provides income and estate tax planning and consulting services for individuals and small businesses. He is involved with numerous professional and social organizations in the local business community.
Robert K. Ivey, CPA
Robert became a member of the Carpenter & Langford, PC team in 2014, providing tax advisory and compliance services to individuals, businesses, and investment entities. Previously, he worked at KPMG and Flieller, Kruger, Skelton and Plyler PLLC. Robert is a UT Austin graduate and a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Meghen Hiller, CPA
Meghen is on her second tour with Carpenter & Langford, P.C. She first joined the firm in 2007, with a year remaining in her accounting program. She earned her CPA in 2009, and moved to a smaller accounting practice in 2012 to ease the addition of twins to her growing family. Meghen has a strong background in bookkeeping, as a well as U.S. and foreign tax preparation. She works with numerous high tech clients, giving her valuable experience and knowledge regarding stock options and their tax implications. She also works with a variety of small businesses. Meghen is a member of the TSCPA and has served on the board of Zilker Theatre Productions. She’s active in her church, her children’s schools, and their neighborhood swim team.
Joe Engel, CPA
Joe has been with Carpenter & Langford, PC since 2012. Previously, he served as an Adjutant in the United States Marine Corps. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Accounting degree from St. Edward’s University.
Margie Soto, CPA
Margie comes to Carpenter and Langford, PC with a broad range of accounting experience in the healthcare industry. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas State University in 1992 and her CPA in 1996. Previously, Margie worked as an auditor for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and a financial analyst for CHRISTUS Health System. She is a Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor and a member of the Austin Chapter of the TSCPA. Margie volunteers at her church, trains for half-marathons, and loves spending time baking and playing with her cats, Woody and Tom Tom.
Tyler Lankford, Staff Preparer
Tyler holds his CPA license from the State of Georgia. He earned a BS in Marketing and a BS in Accounting from Auburn University. Before joining Carpenter & Langford, PC in August 2013, he worked as a CPA at Livings, Lankford & Co., PC doing business and individual tax preparation.
Vanessa Artiga, Staff Preparer
Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas – Houston. She joined Carpenter and Langford, PC in September 2014. She is a staff tax preparer and performs business and individual income tax preparation, as well as tax planning.
Juhi Jani, Staff Preparer
Juhi joined our firm in February 2014 as our Receptionist. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois. During her time with us, she became interested in becoming a CPA, moving forward in obtaining her Masters in Accounting. She is now a member of our accounting staff.
Kristofer Dahlstrom, Staff Preparer
Kristofer (Kris), earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Accounting from Western Washington University in 2008. After working one tax season as a temporary staff preparer in early 2009, Kris moved to Austin to find more opportunities. In early 2015, he joined Carpenter & Langford, PC as a temporary staff preparer during the busy tax season. He rejoined Carpenter & Langford a year later, and was hired on full-time. He prepares individual, trust & business tax returns.
Robert Rogers, Staff Preparer
Robert joined the firm in late 2016. Although originally from New York City, he spent many years in Denver Colorado working in the automotive industry. Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Masters of Taxation from the University of Denver. His role at Carpenter and Langford, PC includes tax return preparation and planning.
Daniel Chew, Staff Preparer
Daniel joined Carpenter and Langford, PC in 2018. Before joining the firm, Daniel worked at PMB Helin Donovan in a similar role and served as a youth pastor at Hope in the City. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Accounting from Biola University in Los Angeles. Daniel provides business and individual tax planing and preparation. Away from the office, Daniel plays soccer in the Austin Men’s Soccer Association, coaches youth soccer, and volunteers with his church’s youth group.
Ashley Hawkins, Staff Preparer
Ashley earned both a BA and an MA in Accounting from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Prior to joining Carpenter and Langford, PC in 2018, Ashley worked at Padgett Stratemann & Co and RSM US, LLP. She has significant experience in both individual and business tax planning and preparation. She enjoys gardening and is also a bit of a trivia fan.
Isheeta Gandhi, Staff Preparer
New to Austin and Texas, Isheeta came to Carpenter and Langford, PC by way of Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a BBA in Accounting from Kennesaw State University. Previously, she worked at PYA, PC (Pershing Yoakley & Associates), a national leader in healthcare consulting. Away from the office, Isheeta is a volunteer at MedShare.
Rupendra Srivastava, Staff Preparer
Rupendra became a member of the Carpenter and Langford, PC team in 2017. He holds a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M and an MS in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas. He served as a tax preparer with an accounting firm in Dallas prior to moving to Austin. At C&L, he performs business and individual tax planning and preparation.
Hunter Jackson, Staff Preparer
Hunter holds his CPA license from the State of Mississippi, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Delta State University. He joined Carpenter and Langford, PC in 2018, and has several years of specialization in individual and business tax preparation. Outside of work, Hunter is an avid hiker and kayaker. He also attends a variety of Austin’s many live music events.
Andrea Lember, Bookkeeper
Andrea moved to Austin in 2012 and joined Carpenter and Langford, P.C. as a bookkeeper shortly thereafter. Hailing from Wisconsin, she attended MATC and began her professional career as co-owner of a wholesale distribution business. Andrea´s first forays into a bookkeeping career began as a full charge bookkeeper wit ha Milwaukee-area law firm. She eventually joined the accounting firm of R.J. Nolan & Associates in Greenfield, Wisconsin as Bookkeeping Supervisor. Her professional experience includes preparation of sales and use tax reports, payroll processing and related reports, coordinating and processing accounting materials, and preparing financial statements.
Jennifer Powell, Bookkeeper
Jen received her BBA in Accounting in 2012 from Texas State University. Before getting her degree, and while working her way through school, she also owned a small bookkeeping practice for 7 years. After graduation, Jen worked in corporate accounting, including work as a controller for a local retail chain. Her professional passion is working with small to midsize businesses to support them in success. She has 2 children who are the light of her life, and she loves to go on adventures with them, teach empowerment workshops, firewalk, and scuba dive.
Dawn Truex, Office Manager
Dawn has been a member of the Carpenter & Langford, PC team since July 1999. She was initially hired as receptionist and went on to work as a tax administrator. In November 2003 Dawn was promoted to office manager, a position she has continued to excel at for us to the present day.
Jackie Siddons, Tax Administrator
In addition to her bookkeeping skills, Jackie has first-hand entrepreneurial experience; before joining Carpenter & Langford, Jackie and her husband owned a successful public storage company. When the couple sold their company after 14 years, Jackie joined our firm in 2008 as receptionist. She has since advanced to tax administrator and bookkeeper.
Sam Breder, Administrative Assistant
Sam serves as the administrative assistant for Carpenter and Langford, P.C. She joined the firm in August 2015. Her previous professional experience includes work as an assistant with Hill + Knowlton Strategies, a global PR consulting firm based in New York with offices in Austin. She brings great experience and know-how to the many tasks involved in keeping the C&L office running smoothly. Away from the office, Sam plans to continue studying herbal medicine practice at Austin Community College.
Melissa Larsen, Administrative Assistant
Melissa joined Carpenter and Langford, PC in 2018. She moved from Utah to Austin in 2015, and she holds an associate degree in science from Utah Valley University. Melissa is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in English. She has two dogs that enjoy having a lot of playtime. Away from the office, Melissa also rides and trains horses, and spends her quieter time reading and writing.
Jean Carpenter-Backus, CPA – Shareholder
Jean received her CPA license in 1983, CFP license in 1993 and was a founding principal of Carpenter & Langford, PC. She retired from the firm in 2007.