Nicole started her career with SDK in 2000 after graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth. For the first few years, she rotated between the tax, audit and employee benefits department. She eventually joined the employee benefits department and she has served as the department head for the past 10 years.
At the start of 2019, the shareholders of SDK announced the promotion of two senior managers to shareholder. Nicole Brown and Ryan Churness have both led their departments for many years, serving clients and driving growth.
“Nicole and Ryan have both done a great job serving and advising clients using their specialized knowledge,” said managing shareholder John Lawson. “We are thrilled to have them join the firm leadership.”
Ryan started his career with SDK in January 2006 after graduating Suma Cum Laude from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He started primarily in audit but spent each tax season helping the tax department during the busiest time. After 3 years, he moved entirely into the tax department as his networking opportunities and personal interests more closely aligned with the tax area.
Ryan finished his Masters of Business Taxation degree in August 2013 and enjoys networking with entrepreneurs and business owners on tax savings strategies. His family of five live in Plymouth and includes wife Paulette, and three children, Adalyn (6), Landon (4), and Dawson (1). He enjoys spending time at the lake near Alexandria, MN, and pheasant hunting in the fall near his hometown of Madison, MN.
Nicole enjoys coming up with creative retirement plan designs and helping family businesses with their accounting, tax and retirement needs. She lives in Plymouth with her husband Josh and sons Oliver (9) and Xavier (4). She enjoys going to movies and spending as much time as she can with her sons.
Watch this space for our open house celebration, coming after tax season.