Kristen Keats, CPA
Kristen Keats was destined to be an accountant … it just took her a few years to embrace her fate. In high school, she took a career aptitude test that pointed to a career in accounting. Instead, she set out to pursue a degree in biology. However, while working a part-time job during college, she was always the person chosen to balance ledger sheets – a task she admittedly enjoyed. It wasn’t long until she changed her major, ultimately earning her Bachelor of Science in accountancy from Arizona State University.
After college, Kristen relocated to Oregon drawn by the varied climate and green surroundings. Over the next 11 years, Kristen worked for two large accounting firms and for a timber investment firm, gaining invaluable experience in trusts/estates, taxation, and corporate accounting. In 2002, she welcomed her first child and in2004 started her own practice, which she successfully operated until 2012. During that time, she also taught her craft to others – working as a certified public accountant exam review course instructor.
In 2012, Kristen joined McCoy Foat, seeking the stability and camaraderie of working for a larger firm. Clients who work with Kristen will tell you she brings a wealth of experience, backed by a firsthand understanding of the challenges that business owners face. While working in a world of numbers, Kristen is known for a keen understanding of the emotional drivers. “I like to understand what the numbers really mean and how they relate to other aspects of business,” she explains. Clients appreciate that Kristen teaches them how to understand and apply financial metrics. “It’s important to keep accounting in perspective,” Kristen says. “It’s not about life and death – mistakes can always be fixed.”
When Kristen is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two children and their chocolate Labradoodle.
Portland Landmarks: Oregon Zoo and Washington Park
Place to Hang Out: Happy hour!
Weekend Getaways: Las Vegas and the Oregon coast