WhippleWood CPAs Leadership Team in Denver

WhippleWood Leadership

The leadership team at WhippleWood Certified Public Accountants brings a wealth of education and experience to serve our clients’ needs. These tax professionals come from diverse backgrounds, including national and Denver accounting firms, banking, and the oil and gas industry. We believe this diversity provides a broad and well-rounded perspective to our work and client relations.

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Rick Whipple

Richard J. Whipple, Jr.


Rick has been an owner of WhippleWood CPAs for more than three decades. In the past ten years, he has successfully managed the growth and strategy of the firm in his role as CEO.

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Mona L. Feeley

CPA, MAcct, Partner

Mona is a partner at WhippleWood CPAs and has been involved in public accounting since 1999. She has substantial experience in providing accounting and business advisory services to individuals and closely held businesses.

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George L. Hoge

CPA, MAcct, Principal

George has provided tax and financial services to business and individual clients in the Denver metropolitan area and Colorado for over 35 years. His areas of expertise include tax research and planning for closely held businesses and individuals, economic modeling, and tax compliance.

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Ron Bass

CPA, CVA, MAcct, Principal

Ron has 21 years of experience as a Florida CPA, with the last 13 in public accounting and the first eight in the health care and brokerage industries. Most recently before joining WhippleWood CPAs, Ron was an Audit Manager for one of the largest regional CPA firms in Florida.

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Wendy Ciancio

CPA, Director, Accounting and Advisory Services

Wendy Ciancio is a licensed CPA with more than 21 years of CFO, accounting and M&A experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has supported a broad range of industries and has worked in companies ranging from startup ventures to well-established businesses.

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Steve Barkmeier

Steve Barkmeier

CPA, Director of Tax Services

Steve has 30 years of leadership experience in corporate tax departments at billion dollar companies. He has extensive experience with tax planning and M&A for partnerships and corporations.

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Kim Esely

Director of Client Services

Kim has been in the accounting industry since 1991, and has worked with WhippleWood CPAs since 2004. She specializes in consulting with small businesses and individuals, and excels at training and coaching clients in financial and IT matters.

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Tony Esolen

CPA, Director

Tony is a Certified Public Accountant who recently joined WhippleWood CPAs as a Director. After graduating with degrees in both Accounting and Finance from Florida State University, Tony started his career with large public accounting firms, where he rose to a Senior Manager position. During his time working with these large firms, Tony observed that high fees did not necessarily equate to a high level of service. One of his goals is now to focus on clients’ success.

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Mitchell Clark

CPA, Tax Manager

Mitch joined the WhippleWood team in August 2012 with knowledge and expertise that have developed over nearly a decade in the tax and accounting fields. Tax preparation and planning, along with financial consulting, are just a few of Mitch’s responsibilities at WhippleWood CPAs. Mitch provides great client-based services and a range of proficiency to meet their needs.

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