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CPA, Supervisor, BKD

Krytal Creach has only been golfing for about a year and a half, so it was an especially big deal when she got a hole in one last summer. “It was pretty exciting,” Creach says. “I know a lot of people that are amazing golfers who haven’t gotten one. I was pretty lucky.” In her job as a CPA at BKD, the Drury graduate relies more on hard work than luck, especially during tax season. For her, though it might just be equally as exciting. “I get to do taxes, which most people find boring, but to me the stuff I get to do is actually exciting,” she says.

What Creach loves most is how she can help people. “We get to help a lot of different people,” Creach says. “There are a lot of times when we’re able help a client out with ways to save on taxes and ways to structure things so in the future they can save money and get into new ventures.”

As if golfing and work weren’t enough, Creach is also involved in Springfield Rotaract and Junior League of Springfield, and  she even dabbles in baking. “I have this side bakery business,” Creach says. “I make cakes and cupcakes. I just like to bake anything.” —J.H.

417 Magazine: How did you end up at your current job/profession?
Krystal Creach: I was a math nerd and wanted job security, so I thought I’d want to be an accountant. I had some great teachers and professors along the way to keep me interested in it. When I moved to Springfield for college, I knew I wanted to stay here long-term and always wanted to work for BKD. 

417 Magazine: How did you end up at your current job/profession?
K.C.: I was a math nerd and wanted job security, so I thought I’d want to be an accountant. I had some great teachers and professors along the way to keep me interested in it. When I moved to Springfield for college, I knew I wanted to stay here long-term and always wanted to work for BKD. 

417: Where do you find passion to do what you do?
K.C.: At work, I like to be able to help train others to help them succeed and I like to work with clients to solve their problems. In my volunteer time, I like to be associated with the young people that will be the future of Springfield. In all the volunteer work I do, I get to work with many different groups and areas of need in the community so that we can help a broad range of people.

417: Are you single/married, and do you have any kids
K.C.: I’ve been married to Tyler for almost four years with two lab mutts we treat as kids, Jimmy and Maggie, ages 4 and 3.

417: What are your hobbies (when you’re not working)?
K.C.: I play softball in the summers and golf whenever it’s warm enough. I love to bake and I am frequently making cakes for friends and family.

417: Are you involved in any charitable organizations?
K.C.: I am involved with Junior League of Springfield and have been a chair in the past and I currently serve on several committees, including the audit committee and investment committee. Next year, I’ll be an Assistant Chair again. I am in Rotaract and have been a committee chair as well. I am also involved in The Network, and am in the beginning stages of the Ozarks Counseling Center Young Ambassadors Program.

417: Are you a member of any professional organizations?
K.C.: I am in the American Society of Women Accountants and will be President next year, and have served on several board positions and committee chairs over the last few years. I am also a member of the AICPA and MSCPA.

417: How would you define the secret to success?
K.C.: I think the secret to success is not expecting to be handed anything–it takes hard work and sacrifice. You have to stay committed to what you do and what you want no matter how hard it is and how much effort it takes. You have to keep your goals in mind while making your sacrifices.

417: What’s your favorite thing about your career?
K.C.: Every day is challenging, but I get to both learn from and help teach some amazing, talented people and get to build relationships with clients from all over the country and in the Springfield area.

417: What’s your favorite thing about working in 417-land?
K.C.: The small town feel makes it easy to get to know other professionals and clients and makes it easy to volunteer and find opportunities.

417: If you could go back and give the high school version of yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
K.C.: Have fun. It will all work out in the end.

417: What was your “dream job” at age 5?
K.C.: Probably to be a princess, and I’m still striving for it.

417: List three traits that define a successful career:
K.C.: Perseverance, balance, and conscientiousness

417: Why are you a 20 under 30?
K.C.: I think people recognize the commitment I have in everything I do and my determination to succeed.

417: What projects do you have on the horizon at your job that you’re excited about?
K.C.: We continually have changing software and technology, and are currently in the process of employing our new portal for clients, BKDConnect, which allows for the encrypted exchange of documents back and forth. We’re implementing this with multiple clients, helping us find ways to reduce time and communication lags, and helping everyone work less. Of course, right now, any project outside of tax season is exciting too because it means we’ll be out of tax season!

417: What completed project are you most proud of?
K.C.: Anytime that we can help our clients save money or get in compliance makes me feel proud. There are so many instances that we can consult with clients to structure transactions or plan their estates to help save taxes or that we can work with tax-exempt organizations to find ways to use their funds more wisely and get the most benefit. Just last year, we were able to help a non-profit get nearly $60,000 in tax credits just by paying attention to the changes in the law and how it applied to nonprofits.

Fill in the following blanks with five words or less:

417: _____ makes life worth living
K.C.: Laughter

417: A day at work wouldn’t be complete without _____
K.C.: learning something new—and Excel

417: Ten years from now, I hope I’m _____
K.C.: still this happy.

417: If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would _____
K.C.: open a bakery.

417: The best part about being a 20 under 30 is _____
K.C.: being recognized for my accomplishments (and still being under 30!)

 

Celebrate with the Class of 2013 on Thursday, April 25 at Highland Springs Country Club. 

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