[Springfield, MO – May 5, 2021] – Abacus CPAs, LLC is proud to announce that Brooke Shepherd has been awarded the Abacus Values Award of People Focus.  Brooke, who joined the firm in January 2016 as the Receptionist at our PRIME location, now serves as a Coordinator for our Client Support Team in the Transportation Department.  She specializes in making sure clients are always taken care of, especially with unique and complex situations.

Brooke has worked in teamwork-focused environments for many years, spending time in Retail before joining Abacus CPAs full-time.  Throughout her time at Abacus, Brooke has been known for communicating with honesty, care, and consideration – characteristic traits of her “People Deserve Better” mentality.

“Clients are our number-one priority,” says Shepherd, “I have a great team around me to help each of us best serve the clients and always strive to do better for them.”

The Abacus Value Award of People Focus recognizes an employee who displays effective communication, respect, compassion and cooperation.  Brooke, who has been commended for her growth mentality and her ability to handle difficult situations, was a natural choice for the award this year because of her authentic, positive focus on helping others as a valuable resource.

“I’m proud to work in an environment that contributes to my growth and success.” Says Brooke, “I look to others who have come before me and realize what I can achieve.  I know great things are coming in the future and I’m excited to learn and grow from each opportunity.”

The Abacus Values Awards were created in 2020 to recognize individuals who fully exemplify Abacus Values in how they live, work and build relationships with clients and coworkers. Each recipient demonstrated exceptional understanding and achievement in client support and professional relationships.

“We’re proud to recognize outstanding employees who understand, live and embrace our values and know that they embody the best attributes of the firm and our focus on clients and culture,” said John Helms, Partner of Abacus CPAs, LLC, “Our firm continues to grow because of our dedicated, talented employees and I’m proud that we can recognize deserving talent in this capacity.”

2021 Complete List of Honorees Includes:

Shannon Terry, Firm Controller, is the recipient of the Abacus Integrity Award highlighting the attributes of being Responsible, Trustworthy, and Honest.

Leslie Kelleher, Consultant for McDonalds clients in our Lee’s Summit Office, is the recipient of the Abacus Client Service Orientation Award which includes the attributes of Effective Communication, Innovation, Sense of Urgency, and Quality in work.

Kasey Bippert, Consultant for Accounting Services in our Branson Office, is the recipient of the Abacus Positive Attitude Award which embraces the attributes of Coachable, Cooperative, and Believing the Intentions and Abilities of Others are Good.

Brooke Shepherd, Coordinator for Client Service Transportation Department, is the recipient of the Abacus People Focus Award which includes the attributes of Respect, Effective Communication, Compassion, and Cooperation.

Annette Wright, Senior Associate for Accounts Receivable – Transportation, is the recipient of the Abacus Ownership Award which includes the attributes of Pride in Our Work, Desire to Succeed, and Loyalty.


The Abacus CPAs Values Awards, established in 2020, honors individuals who embody the key components of our seven Cultural Learning Points which include our Mission, Values, Circles of Excellence, Welch Grid, Circle of Influence and Concern, Value-Added and Process Improvement, and Mature & Growth Mindset.  The Abacus Values award celebrate our commitment to excellence, including client and employee interactions.  Honorees are selected each spring at the conclusion of the Abacus Annual All-Staff Strategic Planning Retreat.

At Abacus CPAs, our focus is you! We believe that our employees and clients deserve to interact in an environment that fosters growthtrust, and confidence. Abacus™ professionals provide leadership by relentlessly pursuing the best guidance possible so those we serve can make smarter decisions.

Better Guidance. Smarter Decisions.

Brooke Shepherd