Bill Taylor is a Director for KBKG’s Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit Consulting practice. Based in Dallas, TX, Bill has over 10 years of experience providing federal tax consulting services to companies of all sizes within various industries, including technology, aerospace and defense, manufacturing, oil and gas, gaming, banking, and other professional services.
Jack Jolly's last 20 years were with the IRS in the Large Business and International Division. The majority of his time at the IRS was dedicated to the examination of the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits in various industries, including automotive, utilities, chemical and others. He served as a engineer team manager, territory manager, and senior analyst. He was the lead instructor for several classes where new engineers were taught their role in examining basic and advanced IRS issues.
Michael Maroney is a Director with KBKG. He advises clients on tax matters related to federal and state Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits. He has advised numerous Fortune 1000 clients across a variety of industries. He has successfully defended his client’s R&D claims before the IRS and state taxing authorities. He has been an instructor on these topics for numerous CPA and industry associations and has authored articles related to federal and state R&D tax credits. Prior to joining KBKG, he’s been with two of the Big 4 firms.
John Manolos is a senior manager in KBKG’s Pasadena and Woodland Hills offices and a member of the Firm’s National Tax Practice. With over 15 years of tax experience, he specializes in fixed asset consulting including Cost Segregation studies, repair and maintenance expense analyses, and other tax advisory services specific to cost recovery in the real estate industry.
John is a firm resource and provides engineering analyses for building owners and the firm’s clientele. John’s responsibilities include reviewing the construction documents and blueprints, inspecting the property, and estimating the quantities and costs of all qualifying assets. John has managed and performed hundreds of cost segregation studies, including large-scale commercial office complexes, residential rental properties, retail/restaurants, golf courses, hotels, airports, auto dealerships, warehouse/distribution, and manufacturing facilities.
Sasha Brenecki is a Senior Manager with KBKG specializing in Cost Segregation and fixed asset services overseeing the Midwest region. She has over 6 years of experience conducting cost segregation studies, section 481a adjustment calculations, and fixed asset reviews which include residential rental property, commercial retail property, and industrial manufacturing facilities. Her responsibilities include project management, 481a technical training for staff engineers, client development and proposals, and recruitment.
Jillian Jones is a Senior Manager of KBKG and is Head of Government Relations for our 179D service line, supporting government entities with their 179D allocation process. Jillian has over a decade of unique experience and has a diverse background in the real estate industry, construction, and tax planning. She has successfully delivered extensive benefits to commercial building owners, Architects, Engineers, and Contractors through the implementation of the §179D Tax Deductions, 45L Tax Credits, and many other federal tax incentives.
Brian Applebaum is a Senior Manager with KBKG. Brian has over nine years of experience specializing in Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits. Brian has managed hundreds of R&D studies and leveraged important experience in IRS examination defense and strategic planning. Including R&D tax credit studies for a variety of industries, focusing on software, computer technology, high-tech manufacturing, architecture, and engineering.
Jessica Bowen is a Manager with KBKG, specializing in Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits. She has managed a multitude of R&D studies across a variety of industries such as architecture & engineering, software development, manufacturing, food & beverage, agronomy. Jessica earned her bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Kennesaw State University, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus on statistics & quality principles. In addition to managing R&D studies, Jessica has extensive experience in business and data analytics. Utilizing her diverse skillset, Jessica has consulted and worked with engineers, scientists, software developers, and C-Suite personnel all across the country to conduct R&D studies.
Mike Kniss is a Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit Senior Manager at KBKG. Having an educational background in both accounting and biochemistry, Mike started his career in the biotech industry manufacturing pharmaceuticals for Fortune 500 companies such as Amgen and Baxter. Since transitioning into public accounting, Mike has obtained considerable experience in both tax compliance and specialized tax consulting services for a variety of industries. By applying this industry-specific knowledge, Mike Kniss has been able to provide his clients with valuable insight into the details of their research expenses.
Mike Cornell is a Senior Manager at KBKG. Mike has over 25 years of experience providing purchase price allocation, Cost Segregation, economic depreciation analysis, fixed asset analysis, and machinery and equipment valuation services. He has worked for Deloitte, RSM, and his own private consulting practice. He also worked as a real estate portfolio manager for an international aggregates mining company.
Winston Shurtz is a Senior Manager in KBKG’s Cost Segregation Consulting practice. He has more than 12 years’ experience in cost segregation, providing reliable, engineering-based results for commercial and retail properties for his clients. He is a Certified Cost Segregation Professional (CCSP) with the American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals (www.ASCSP.org). Winston has overseen hundreds of cost segregation studies and consulted for numerous accounting firms throughout the country. He has successfully developed new processes, procedures, and firm software relating to cost segregation. Winston’s industry experience includes but is not limited to apartment, assisted living, major grocery stores, manufacturing, office, retail, warehouse, mixed-use space, and more.
Justin Glim is a Manager within the Green Building Tax Incentives practice of KBKG. Over his career, he has helped clients pursue and maximize §45L Tax Credits and §179D Tax Deductions.
Based in Pasadena, Justin’s technical knowledge spans across various fields such as building practices, energy standards, and software packages approved by the IRS and Department of Energy. He helps clients identify opportunities for potential Green Building Tax Incentives, and he is also passionate about finding new methods to provide a “state-of-the-art” client experience and enhancing efficiencies within the Green Building practice.
Elise Rhee is a Director with KBKG working for the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit department. She has 8 years of consulting experience providing R&D tax credit services to companies ranging from architectural & engineering, food & beverage, software development, cosmetics, manufacturing, automotive, and aerospace & defense. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of California, San Diego.
Kristin Sullivan is a Manager for KBKG, specializing in Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit, and is based just outside of Chicago, Illinois. Kristin has over 16 years of corporate tax experience, including nearly a decade focusing solely on R&D Tax Credits. Kristin’s role at KBKG involves performing detailed quality assurance reviews for client R&D tax credit calculations and deliverables. These reviews ensure client R&D credit calculations and deliverables are accurate, compliant with all applicable federal/state tax laws and IRS guidance, well documented, and sustainable if audited. Kristin also advises clients on tax matters related to federal and state R&D tax credits. Kristin has been part of several teams that have successfully defended client R&D claims before the IRS and state taxing authorities.
Tetyana Guguchkina is a Director with KBKG working for the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit department. She advises clients on tax matters related to federal and state research and development tax incentives. Tetyana has more than 10 years of tax compliance experience in public accounting. Tetyana handled research credit studies and consulted for numerous companies throughout the country working closely with engineers, scientists, and software developers in various industries.
Ryan Lehnau is a Cost Segregation Manager at our New York office and a member of the American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals. Ryan graduated from Rutgers University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a concentration in energy systems. In pursuit of continued education, Ryan is currently an MBA Candidate at the Rutgers Business School. With more than five years of experience performing cost segregation studies, he has also gained expertise in completing valuations, cost approach analyses, purchase price allocations, and useful life analyses. This experience has an emphasis on buildings and structures, machinery and equipment, and other tangible assets within the manufacturing, real estate, and power generation industries.
Brandon Val Verde is a Certified Energy Plans Examiner and Director within the Green Building Tax Incentives practice of KBKG. He has helped clients pursue and maximize various Green Building Tax Incentives by performing the necessary energy simulation modeling using various software packages that have been approved by the IRS and Department of Energy. His understanding of various energy standards and codes such as ASHRAE 90.1, IECC, and Title 24 allow him to properly identify all opportunities for Green Building Tax Incentives.
Jonathan Rothstein is a Recruiting Manager at KBKG. He brings close to 15 years of recruitment experience. Prior to joining KBKG, he was responsible for the hiring of hundreds of employees within multiple billion-dollar organizations. He has helped staff startups and many other well-known CPA firms in the Southern California region. Jonathan developed and implemented recruitment methodologies that have attracted top-level talent within every company he was employed by. He prides himself on equal opportunity hiring and brings diversity into the workplace. Jonathan is actively involved with the City of Hope organization as well as the ASPCA.
Ian Williams is a Director for KBKG, specializing in Research & Development Tax Credits and Employee Retention Credits. Ian spent eleven years at a Big Four accounting firm specializing in R&D tax credits and fixed asset studies across a variety of industries. He has extensive experience in software, heavy manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, and consumer products industries, as well as defending credit claims with the IRS. Ian earned his bachelor's and Master's degrees in Accounting from Samford University and is a Georgia licensed CPA and member of the AICPA.
Mark Bodenstab is a Director of the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit Services, operating out of New Hampshire. Mark brings knowledge of many aspects of R&D from his 20+ years in the private sector as well as 14 years with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He joined the IRS as a General Engineer to provide technical and valuation support in the examination of large corporate tax filings. He has experience in a wide range of engineering issues, including the complicated credit for increasing research. He was selected as a manager to supervise a team of IRS Engineers and Appraisers. During this time, he also served in a national role as Staff Assistant to the Director of Field Operations.
Based in Pasadena, California, Artur Babaian is a senior manager with KBKG for the Cost Segregation practice and primarily oversees the West Coast region. He consults with business owners and tax preparers on strategies to reduce their tax liabilities utilizing cost segregation, asset retirement, repair and expense, and fixed asset review analyses. He joined KBKG in 2015 and has experience conducting Cost Segregation studies ranging from restaurants, hospitals, hotels, large retail centers, heavy manufacturing industrial facilities, multimillion-dollar offices and residential complexes. He manages daily operations with a team that strive to achieve excellence in all aspects of the industry. He is also responsible for training staff, spearheading software matters, preparing proposals and providing presentations on continued education.
Ryan VanderVelden is a senior manager at KBKG specializing in Cost Segregation. He is a Certified Cost Segregation Professional (CCSP) with the American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals. Ryan joined KBKG in 2014 and has consulted for clients in a variety of different industries. He represents KBKG Texas on KBKG’s Volunteer Committee and is a member of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) committee.
Jesse Stanley, P.E. is a Director and Practice Leader of KBKG’s 179D Tax Deduction Group. He has spent nearly a decade helping Architects, Engineers, and Design Build Contractors, claim the 179D Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deductions for their new and existing building projects across over 2 billion square feet of commercial building space.