Cost Containment Advisors

1-203-531-0770 15 East Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830

Curtis Belcher

Curtis Belcher has been directly involved in property tax for 29 years. He filed his first appeal as a seventh grader to correct the appraisal and tax on his family’s residence. A passion for accurate assessments was born from that personal experience, and that passion is alive and well today.

Curtis served as Assessor in Mesa County, Western Colorado’s largest county, for eight years. 65,000 real estate parcels and 3,000 personal property schedules were successfully valued and audited through four reappraisal cycles. Curtis administered an office of 29 employees in three departments, Appraisal, Administration and Mapping. He served in the Colorado Assessor’s Association on Legislative, Oil & Gas, Ski & Recreation and GIS Committees. He also served as District 5 Chairman which represents western Colorado.

Curtis owned Belcher Consulting Property Tax Specialists from 1987 to 1999. He designed, constructed and analyzed CAMA and Administrative databases for 16 Colorado counties with clients in New Mexico and North Carolina. Government and corporate clients benefited from the services of Belcher Consulting.

From 1978 to 1987 Curtis was employed as appraiser in Montezuma and Garfield Counties in Colorado. He has valued all classes of property from sheds to large industrial facilities. As Chief Appraiser in Garfield County, Curtis valued oil shale operations owned by Exxon, Union Oil, Oxy and Shell Oil.

Business Experience
  • Mesa County Assessor
  • Belcher Consulting Property Tax Specialists
  • Chief Appraiser, Garfield County
  • Appraiser, Montezuma County
Education and Licenses
  • Bachelor of Arts – Political Science, Fort Lewis College
  • Colorado Certified General Appraiser License

Michael Bobelian

An attorney of broad business experience, Michael Bobelian brings knowledge of financing, restructuring, acquisitions, mediation and litigation to CCA. In his work at Hughes Hubbard & Reed, one of the largest law firms on Wall Street, he represented clients in all these various commercial settings. He is an expert on resolving disputes with regulators and in dealing with compliance requirements. Additionally, Michael advises on litigation matters and is experienced in appearing before state and federal courts and arbitral bodies.

Michael is adept in examining complicated, overlapping state and municipal tax systems and in convincingly communicating with government officials.

Business Experience
  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. Experience included regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, debtor-in-possession financing, securities law, accounting liability, joint ventures, and commercial litigation and arbitration. Clients included Viacom, Merck, Continental Airlines, PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Christie’s, Daewoo and Honeywell.
  • United States Department of Labor. Assisted in investigations of fraudulent ERISA plans.
  • United States Department of Commerce. Helped American businesses find markets overseas, advised businesses on import and export laws.
Education
  • Juris Doctor (JD), University of Michigan Law School
  • Associate and Contributing Editor, Michigan Journal of Law Reform
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (high distinction, class honors all semesters), University of Michigan Business School

Vergie Booty

Vergie Booty joined CCA with more than 28 years’ experience in the property tax arena. She worked for the Louisiana Tax Commission (LTC) as a utility appraiser and utility division director, and retired as the Administrator of the LTC. LTC has oversight authority over the 70 local parish assessors, and as administrator Vergie worked on the rules and regulations that are adopted annually by the Commission for use by the local assessors in their appraisals and assessments. As the Public Utility Director, she was responsible for the appraisal and assessment of over 650 electric, gas, water, pipeline, telephone, railroad, private car line and barge companies annually. She has been certified as an expert witness in the field of utility appraisals and has testified on numerous occasions.

Vergie has been involved with the Wichita State University conference “Appraisal for Ad Valorem Taxation of Communications, Energy and Transportation Properties” for many years, and has presented at this conference. In addition, she has been a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) for many years; she has served on the utility section committee and as its chair.

Vergie’s strongest attributes are her abilities to negotiate and settle disputes. During her time as Public Utility Director and LTC Administrator, she gained experience in successfully dealing with thousands of valuation issues.

Business Experience
  • Public Utility Appraiser, Louisiana Tax Commission
  • Public Utility Director, Louisiana Tax Commission
  • Administrator, Louisiana Tax Commission
  • Professional Designation: Louisiana Assessors Association – CLAA
Education
  • Over 400 hours’ Continuing Education Property Appraisal Credits, University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Jack Connell

Prior to joining CCA, Jack Connell was involved in the field of property taxes in Florida for over 22 years. He worked at Gulf Power Company, an electric utility for 12 years, seven of which he spent as Coordinator of Regulatory Affairs before the Florida Public Service Commission. Thereafter, he was with the Florida Department of Revenue, Division of Property Tax Oversight for over 10 years, where he valued the railroads for property tax purposes.

While performing this function on Class I as well as Shortline Railroads, Jack developed an extensive database on Shortlines. He shared the results of his research as a speaker at the annual Wichita State University conference, “Appraisal for Ad Valorem Taxation of Communications, Energy and Transportation Properties,” and at the Western Association of State Property Tax Administrators’ course at Utah State University.

Business Experience
  • Florida Department of Revenue, Division of Property Tax Oversight, Railroad Valuations
  • Gulf Power Company, Coordinator of Regulatory Affairs
Education
  • Bachelor of Science – Industrial Management, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts – Accounting, University of West Florida

Donald P. Feicht, Jr.

Donald (Don) Feicht’s 25-year career in property tax consulting has primarily focused on complex industrial and special-purpose properties including electric power plants, steel and paper mills, foundries, open surface mines, and large automotive assembly plants. In addition, Don has extensive experience with general commercial and industrial properties with properties ranging from 100,000 to more than 2,000,000 square feet.

Don began his property tax career as an appraiser of exceptional properties for a mass appraisal company working on a reassessment of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. After completing that assignment, he began work as a senior manager for an Indiana-based boutique consulting firm.

Prior to his career in tax consulting, Don was employed in the heavy construction industry as a cost estimator, field superintendent, and management executive. This background provides the unique insights and cost estimating skills necessary for development of property tax valuations of complex industrial properties. Don holds a bachelor’s degree in real estate and is, by training and education, a certified general appraiser. He earned the CMI designation from the Institute for Professionals in Taxation and is a certified tax representative in Indiana.

Don has generated many millions of dollars in tax savings through identification and quantification of inutility, excess capital costs, excess operating costs, changes in market conditions, and other forms of functional and economic obsolescence.

Companies served include Alcoa, International Harvester, Sappi Fine Paper, Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, Martin Marietta, General Electric, US Steel, and many others.

Business Experience
  • Appraiser – Exceptional Properties, VAS Enterprises, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Senior Consultant and General Manager, ValuTec, Inc., Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Senior Manager, Baden Tax Management, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Vice President, Uzelac & Associates, Inc., Valparaiso, Indiana
Education, Associations, and Affiliations
  • Bachelor of Science, Real Estate, Madison University
  • MAI Curricula, Appraisal Institute
  • Certified Member of the Institute (CMI Designation), Institute for Professionals in Taxation
  • Member, International Association of Assessing Officials
  • Indiana Certified Tax Representative

Syndi Gates

Syndi Gates joins CCA with over 15 years of experience in all aspects of personal property in Oregon. Syndi worked for Oregon Department of Revenue as Property Program Analyst and Property Appraiser of the Personal Property Tax program overseeing the counties’ administration of the Personal Property Tax program. She developed the Personal Property Valuation Guidelines & Depreciation Schedules used by the department and counties in Oregon to assist in developing values.

In addition to her extensive background in tax compliance, Syndi was also the Training Development Specialist for the Department. She worked to establish a new way of administering the training program. Syndi developed Personal Property courses and presented them to department and county assessors and appraisers, as well as Taxpayer Seminars for multiple taxpayer and accounting groups and Department & County Disclosure Training. She also developed and implemented one-on-one training with the individual counties’ staff, instructing them in completing full site visits and developing values to place on the tax assessment rolls.

Syndi is proficient in the property tax and disclosure laws in Oregon, which enables her to understand the program. She was an integral part of numerous system-related implementations and upgrades. Syndi offers a keen sense of analyzing needs and processes and is able to translate this knowledge into action steps that increase efficiencies and cost savings.

Business Experience
  • Oregon Department of Revenue (37 years)
  • Registered Oregon Appraiser
  • Chemeketa Courses
Courses Developed and Taught
  • Developer and Instructor, Beginning Personal Property
  • Developer and Instructor, Personal Property II (How to Conduct a Physical Audit)
  • Developer and Instructor, Personal Property III (How to Conduct a Book Audit)
  • Developer and Instructor, Taxpayer Information Seminars
  • Developer and Instructor, Department and County Disclosure Training

Stan Graiewski, DSCE

Stan Graiewski joined CCA as a detailed property tax consultant with expertise in Wisconsin’s general property tax system. With 40 years’ experience and concern for customer satisfaction and preventative problem solving, Stan is a welcome addition to the consulting services CCA offers its clients.

Stan is currently the personal property appraiser for the City of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin Assessor’s Office. Stan assisted two newly appointed city assessors achieve professionalism and respect for the office. He planned and coordinated a training course with the Southeastern Wisconsin Assessors’ Association. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue approved the course for three hours of appraisal recertification credits for Wisconsin assessment personnel. Stan’s efforts to establish correct data for almost 1,200 accounts resulted in more accurate assessments and fewer returned mailings, tax adjustments, tax rescinds and Open Book and Board of Review appearances. Stan also created and implemented a sign inventory program to encourage proper reporting on annual Statements of Personal Property.

Previously, Stan was a residential appraiser and personal property appraiser for the City of Madison, Wisconsin Assessor’s Office. He was directly responsible for 6,500 personal property and 700 mobile/manufactured home valuations. He provided sworn oral testimony at quasi-judicial and judicial hearings. His research and recommendations formed a solid basis for casework. He also served on the Board of Assessors.

Additional related appraisal and administrative experience involved equalization, assessment standards and manufacturing with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue; a municipal assessor position; and three private firms specializing in revaluations and reassessments.

Professional Affiliations
  • Certified Wisconsin Assessor II
  • Wisconsin Association of Assessing Officers Personal Property Committee
  • Distinguished Toastmaster
Professional Training
  • University of Wisconsin, Technical Colleges, Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Appraisal Education Academy, Assessment Technologies of Wisconsin, Toastmasters, appraiser and assessor organizations
Education
  • Degree coursework, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
  • Bachelor of Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota

Kitty I. Guinsler

Applying her managerial abilities and extensive background in tax compliance, Kitty Guinsler will manage your property tax savings initiatives with the assistance of the CCA team. Kitty is proficient in accounting and systems, which enables her to understand the environment in which clients operate and to navigate demanding compliance responsibilities. Kitty offers a keen ability to analyze needs and processes and is able to translate such analyses into action steps to increase efficiencies and cost savings. She goes beyond the initial task of identifying cost savings to correct the root cause of the inefficiencies.

Kitty’s skill and experience quickly earn the trust and confidence of our clients. She has garnered tax reductions via compliance, audits, inventories, appraisals, protests, and appeals—as she calls it, “finding money.” Clients often consider her to be a part of their team.

Kitty joined CCA with more than 20 years’ experience in all aspects of personal property and sales/use tax across the United States. Previously, Kitty worked for JPMorgan Chase (formerly Banc One) as Manager of Personal Property Tax Compliance, Chase Equipment Leasing and Chase Auto Finance. In her last role, she saved Chase over $11 million in personal property taxes over a two-year period. Kitty also led the Chase personal property tax compliance group through multiple mergers and acquisitions. She was an integral part of numerous system-related implementations and upgrades. She also is familiar with offshoring and outsourcing efforts.

Business Experience
  • JPMorgan Chase & Company
  • Lane Bryant
  • Cardinal Industries, Inc.
  • Harper Industries, Inc.
Education
  • Master of Business Administration, Franklin University
  • Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Business Management, Franklin University
  • Associate of Applied Science, Business Management, Columbus State Community College
  • CMI: Institute for Professionals in Taxation
  • Texas Licensed Senior Property Tax Consultant

Paul Hardy

Paul Hardy has more than 10 years of property tax experience in the energy industry and 20 years of financial reporting and accounting analysis experience. He has negotiated capitalization rates and unit valuations for centrally assessed interstate pipelines, as well as negotiated personal oil and gas property values, in the Midwest and Texas. As a result of his negotiation skills, heads-up approach to valuation, knowledge of financial markets and pursuit of environmental exemptions where available, Paul has delivered lower taxable values that have resulted in millions of dollars of annual tax savings.

During his property tax years, Paul served on several committees at the state level. In Colorado, he was a member of Colorado Assessors’ Association, providing input for consideration regarding revision of their BEL system and other matters of importance to property taxation in the state. He was also a member of the Colorado Petroleum Association and Texas Oil and Gas Association, and is a current member of Oklahoma Association of Tax Representatives.

Paul is an avid community volunteer, working with Tulsa Area United Way as a co-chair of a community investment panel. He supported Tulsa County’s Community Action Project for 11 years by providing pro bono income tax preparation services for low-income families. He is a current volunteer with Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, where he has taught dozens of elementary school classes in financial literacy over 32 years. Paul was recognized as statewide 2011 Volunteer of the Year by that organization. He now owns and operates Woodland Tax Service in Tulsa, which offers income and property tax services as well as bookkeeping and financial planning for individuals and small businesses.

Professional Associations
  • Certified Public Accountant – Oklahoma
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant – AICPA
  • Associate Member, Institute of Professionals in Taxation
  • Oklahoma Association of Tax Representatives
  • Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium
Education
  • Master of Business Administration (high honors), Oklahoma Wesleyan University
  • Bachelor of Science – Business Administration, University of Tulsa
  • Real and Personal Property Taxation Courses, Institute of Professionals in Taxation
  • Tegarden Public Utility Basic Appraisal Course, Wichita State University
  • Appraisal for Ad Valorem Taxation, Wichita State University

William F. Mack

Prior to joining CCA, William Mack retired from the State of Oklahoma after more than 28 years of service. As Administrator of Public Service Valuation, he was responsible for the annual valuation of more than 200 centrally assessed railroads, airlines, electric companies, telephone companies and water companies, as well as oil and gas pipelines. These companies produced approximately 17% of the ad valorem revenue within the state.

William’s secondary role was as the Network Administrator for the Ad Valorem Division of the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Beginning with an old Commodore computer in the early 1980s and advancing to Windows and Microsoft Office today, he was highly instrumental in the computerization of the Ad Valorem Division.

Since retiring from the State, William has worked on the valuation of the Alaskan Pipeline, the discovery and valuation of oil and gas properties in Oklahoma and Colorado, and the Basic Equipment Lists (BELS) for the State of Colorado, and has done visual inspection and agricultural study work for various counties in Oklahoma.

Business Experience
  • Administrator of Public Service Valuations, State of Oklahoma
  • Network Administrator for the Ad Valorem Division, Oklahoma Tax Commission
  • Consultant for Visual Lease Services (Oil and Gas Discovery, Mapping and Valuation)
Professional Associations
  • Chairman, Public Utility Section of the International Association of Assessing Officers
  • Chairman and Founding Member, Research and Education Committee of the National Conference of Unit Valuation States
  • Presenter and Planning Committee Member, Wichita State University Conference “Appraisal for Ad Valorem Taxation of Communications, Energy and Transportation Properties”
  • Advanced Accredited with the County Assessor Accreditation Program in Oklahoma
Education
  • Bachelor of Science – Business Administration and Marketing, Northeastern State University
  • Certificate of Accounting, Oklahoma School of Banking and Business
  • Various Auditing Courses, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Various Appraisal Courses, International Association of Assessing Officers
  • Advanced Accreditation, Center for Local Government Technology

Donald Jackson

Donald (Don) Jackson is a tax professional with more than 27 years of administrative, managerial, and technical experience in Western states property taxation. Don retired from the California State Board of Equalization in November 2011. He was responsible for the annual valuation and assessment of unitary property of more than 300 California public utilities gas, electric, and interexchange telecommunications companies. Since 2011, Don has worked in the private sector assisting energy and communications clients with state and local property tax compliance, planning, and savings. He has participated in a vast number of appeals and audits from both the government and private sides. He also has participated and testified in many legal proceedings and court cases.

Business Experience
  • Donald Jackson, PT Services
  • Director of Planning Property Tax Services, Employee Owned Company
  • Principal Property Appraiser, CA State Board of Equalization
  • Sales Tax Auditor, CA State Board of Equalization
Professional Associations
  • Presenter and Planning Committee Member, Wichita State University Conference “Appraisal for Ad Valorem Taxation of Communications, Energy and Transportation Properties,” 1999–2015
  • Past Member, Western States Association of Tax Administrators (WSATA)
  • Various other committees and associations
Education
  • Bachelor of Science – Business Accounting, Golden Gate University, San Francisco
  • Advanced Appraisal Certificate with the CA State Board of Equalization
  • Appraisal Courses and Property Workshops with the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), Unitary Appraisal School, COST, and others

Mark M. Newdick

Mark Newdick has extensive experience in designing, maintaining and implementing accounting and business systems, and providing the necessary leadership in both established and start-up companies in large national and international enterprises. His advice and experience have provided thought leadership to CCA with projects dealing with large fixed asset databases that inform property tax compliance processes.

Mark was CFO for Krauter & Company LLC, a New York–based business insurance brokerage, from its inception in 2004, working with the founder and owner to establish accounting systems and controls with customized software tailored to the industry and the company’s policies and procedures. The company grew rapidly to become a significant player in the insurance brokerage industry.

Prior to this, Mark worked at United Rentals where he was pivotal in the development, design and implementation of the Asset Roll Forward Reconciliation System, ensuring full control of the company’s $5 billion rental equipment assets in their 600 distribution outlets. Mark also developed and implemented new systems and procedures for the company’s risk management department, recoupment of fuel tax and compliance to the Davis-Bacon Act (payroll).

More recently, Mark was instrumental in helping to establish Palladin LLC, a Sign-A-Rama franchise, in Stamford, Connecticut, and remains a significant investor and advisor to this start-up operation.

Business Experience
  • Chief Financial Officer, Krauter & Company, LLC
  • Senior Business Analyst (Special Projects), United Rentals, Inc.
  • Chief Financial Officer, Mergers and Acquisitions Group, Aon Risk Management, Inc.
  • Regional Controller, Sudan and Somalia, Geosource, Inc. (oil exploration)
  • DCAA Auditor, Saudi Arabia, Morrison-Knudsen (civil engineering)
Professional Affiliations
  • Board Member, Krauter & Company, LLC
  • Board Member, Palladin, LLC
  • Treasurer and Board Member, Allied Forces Foundation, LLC (charity)
  • Member: Squadron A, Gold’s Dragoons and the St. George’s Society (philanthropic, volunteer and social organizations in New York and Connecticut)

Scott Nickel

Scott Nickel has extensive corporate experience in property taxes that impact the manufacturing and retail sectors. As a former employee of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Scott managed, for over 20 years, Goodyear’s entire US property tax portfolio.

Scott negotiated tax incentives, attended tax hearings, settled audits with little or no increased assessments and managed the filing of personal property tax returns ensuring that Goodyear accessed all savings venues that resulted in millions of reduced tax expenditures.

Scott has nationwide experience with extensive property tax assessment knowledge in Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Nebraska, Kansas, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma.

Business Experience
  • Property Tax Manager, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Property Tax Analyst, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Accountant, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Education
  • Bachelor of Science – Accounting (magna cum laude), University of Akron

John P. Nola

John Nola is a seasoned property tax professional with over 20 years’ experience with IBM, where he has managed personal property tax compliance and related valuation issues.

John is an expert in establishing and negotiating the fair market value of information technology assets for purposes of personal property tax compliance and assessments. He has been recognized nationwide for his successes in reaching settlements with taxing jurisdictions on various tax issues including assessments, audit findings and valuations.

John is also responsible for having initiated a dialogue with several significant jurisdictions for the adoption of market-derived IT depreciation schedules.

Business Experience
  • Advisory Tax Analyst, IBM Corporation, Southbury, Connecticut
  • Personal Property Tax Program Administrator, IBM Corporation, Southbury, Connecticut
  • IBM Credit Personal Property Tax Compliance Manager, IBM Corporation, Southbury, Connecticut
  • IBM Financial Systems Development Project Leader, IBM Corporation, Danbury, Connecticut
  • Various Management Positions, IBM Corporation, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri-State Area
Professional Affiliations
  • Associate Member, Institute for Professional in Taxation (IPT)
  • Former Member, International Association of Assessing Officials (IAAO)
Education
  • Bachelor of Science – Business Administration (cum laude and department honors), Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York

John Ragan

John Ragan has more than 20 years’ experience in the assessment field. Most recently, he was Assessor for the City and County of Denver, managing a staff of 85 with responsibility for assessing 120,000 real property and 30,000 personal property accounts with a total assessed value of $9 billion.

John began his career with the City and County of Denver as Manager of Personal Property Assessments and remained directly involved with personal property assessment procedures and practices during his entire tenure with Denver. During this time, he developed innovative methods for personal property filings and appeals.

John was a registered appraiser in Colorado until recently. He has been invited to speak at various professional conferences on tax policy, assessments and government procedures. In addition, John has authored several published articles on property tax, including an article entitled “Tax Increment Financing, and Tax Limitations.” In 2006 John was a finalist for IAAO’s Donehoo Essay Award.

Business Experience
  • Deputy Assessor and Assessor, City and County of Denver, Colorado
  • Assistant Manager, Federal Reserve Bank, Denver, Colorado
  • Assistant Dean of Admissions, University of Denver
Education
  • Graduate work in history (present), University of Denver
  • Master of Science, Southern Illinois University
  • Bachelor of Science (cum laude), State University of New York at Brockport

George Schneider

George Schneider has more than 35 years’ experience in property tax and 30 years’ experience in managing all aspects of sales and use tax activity at the corporate level. He holds CMI certifications in both property tax and sales and use tax from the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT). Further, George has successfully managed appeal, valuation, incentive, planning, audit, and compliance activity for large and complex properties.

As manager of property taxes for National Gypsum Company, George managed all the property tax functions for operations in 44 states, encompassing approximately 100 different taxing jurisdictions. He then moved to General Motors Corporation where he worked for 20 years as a regional tax manager, managing all aspects of real and personal property tax and incentives pursuit for a territory that included approximately 100 million square feet of industrial, commercial, research, and development property at sites in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Since retiring from GM in 2009, George has worked as a tax consultant.

Business Experience
  • General Motors Corporation
  • National Gypsum Company
  • Compton and Associates
Education and Licenses
  • Bachelor of Arts – Economics, State University of New York
  • CMI Designation (Certified Member of the Institute), Property Tax and Sales and Use Tax, Institute for Professionals in Taxation

Louis Spisak

Louis Spisak is a tax professional with more than 30 years of administrative, managerial and technical experience in Ohio taxation. Louis retired from the Ohio Department of Taxation in December 2002. He was responsible for the annual valuation and assessment of personal property of public utilities and interexchange telecommunications companies, as well as the administration of a gross receipts tax on utilities. He testified before the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals on numerous occasions.

In addition to being a member of the CCA team, Louis also is the president of Louis J. Spisak & Associates, Inc., a firm that specializes in Ohio public utility personal property tax. Louis’s clients include Ohio public utilities, interexchange telecommunications companies, school districts, county auditors and attorneys who specialize in utility taxation. Over the last six years, Louis has been directly responsible for tax savings in excess of $10 million.

Business Experience
  • Cost Containment Advisors
  • President, Louis J. Spisak & Associates, Inc.
  • Assistant Administrator Public Utility Tax Division, State of Ohio
  • Assistant Administrator Personal Property Tax Division, State of Ohio
  • Assistant Administrator Public Utility Tax Division, State of Ohio
  • Audit Supervisor Public Utility Tax Division, State of Ohio
  • Tax Agent – Highway Use Tax and Public Utility Tax, State of Ohio
Education
  • Bachelor of Science – Business Administration with minor in Accounting, Franklin University
  • Appraisal Courses and Property Workshops, International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO)
  • Member, Planning Committee, Wichita State University Utility Appraisal Workshop, 2000–2002

Matthew J. Stellato

Matthew Stellato provides detailed research and analysis pertaining to personal property taxes for current and potential CCA clients. His analyses offer a concise overview of a company’s existing tax practices and identify areas of savings that can be garnered efficiently. In addition, Matthew provides creative insight regarding official CCA documentation and publications.

Business Experience
  • Personal Property Tax Research Analyst and Official Layout Design and Publications, Cost Containment Advisors
  • Website Designer and Developer, Rugged Peak, LLC
  • Front-end Developer / UI Designer, Deep Focus
  • Interactive Developer / Designer, Media Logic
Education
  • Bachelor of Science – New Media Publishing, Rochester Institute of Technology

Susan Tallchief

Susan Tallchief joined CCA as a retired County Assessor with extensive knowledge of personal property tax law as it pertains to Oklahoma. With over 40 years’ experience and an excellent background in management, scheduling and budgeting, Susan is a welcome addition to CCA.

As a Licensed Property Title Abstractor for the State of Oklahoma, Susan organized individual abstract account assignments, as well as compiled and interpreted all federal, state and local recorded documents relevant to compilation of abstracts of title. She advised the initial planning of company automation of property and land records, including digitizing and indexing.

As President of the County Assessors and Deputies Association of Oklahoma, Susan served on the Oklahoma Ad Valorem Task Force, an ad hoc committee created by action of the Oklahoma Legislature. Working in conjunction with the State Auditor and Inspector, the Ad Valorem Division of the Oklahoma Tax Commission and members of the Oklahoma legislature, the charge of the task force was to implement reform in the manner and method of conducting appraisals and establishing values on properties subject to personal property taxation.

During her tenure, Susan worked closely with the Center for Local Government Technology at Oklahoma State University and the Ad Valorem Division of the Oklahoma Tax Commission as well as the State Auditor and Inspector’s Office in the pilot stages of the course work in place today.

Business Experience
  • Oklahoma Licensed Property Title Abstractor, Creek County Abstract
  • County Assessor, Creek County Oklahoma
  • County Treasurer Clerk/Collector, Creek County Oklahoma
Education
  • Tulsa Junior College, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • International Association of Assessing Officers
  • State of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State University, Center for Local Government Technology

R. Gregg West, CMI

Gregg comes to CCA with nineteen years of corporate tax experience and the expertise to identify process inefficiencies. His work has included managing compliance, audit and appeals, litigation, incentives, mergers and acquisitions, tax technology, and overall tax strategy. Gregg is a leader of corporate tax teams capable of minimizing corporate tax liability.

Since starting his tax career in 1999, he has held corporate tax management positions at several companies, including DCP Midstream, where among other successes he initiated a program that generated tax savings of more than $35M.

Gregg’s experience covers multiple states and industries, with an emphasis on midstream oil and gas industry property tax issues.

Business Experience
  • Manager, Indirect Tax, Vulcan Materials Company
  • Independent Contractor, Paradigm Tax Group
  • Director, Property Tax, DCP Midstream, LLC
  • Founder and President, AMCAR Property Tax Management, Inc.
  • Account Executive, National Property Tax Management
  • Regional Compliance Manager, Burr Wolff LP
  • Senior Business Analyst and Senior Property Tax Representative, Mitchell/Devon Energy Corporation
Professional Associations
  • Institute for Professionals in Taxation
  • Birmingham Venture Club
  • Alabama Economics Club
  • Local Advisory Board Member, Mission Increase
Certifications
  • CMI – Property tax designation from the Institute of Professionals in Taxation
Education
  • Master of Business Administration, Marketing, Louisiana Tech University
  • Bachelor of Arts, General Studies, Louisiana Tech University

State and Local Experts

The laws and regulations of the multitude of jurisdictions that levy property taxes are complex and in constant flux. CCA has established relationships with preeminent local experts in virtually all significant tax districts, and accesses these resources rigorously.

Analytical and Market Data Resources

CCA conducts extensive market data mining to discern the accurate value of clients’ assessed property. To analyze such market data, we access extensive high-level analytical resources that undertake wide-ranging iterations in order to support valuations.