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At D. Williams & Co., Inc.

Experience
Our professional personnel have, collectively, more than 200 years of experience in public accounting, of which a substantial part has been in auditing cooperatives and agri-businesses. Greg Taylor has had audit and tax return responsibilities for almost forty years. The other members of our firm have all had considerable cooperative audit experience, including numerous cotton gin, grain elevator, cottonseed marketing, cotton warehousing and marketing, and farm supply operations.

Commitment
We recognize the agricultural sector as a key element of our state’s economy. We recognize our dependence on agribusiness, and we are dedicated to maintaining a firm oriented to serve the accounting, audit, and consulting needs of agribusinesses and cooperatives in Texas. We are particularly sensitive to the needs of local cooperatives and the unique services your Association will require. We are dedicated to utilizing the skills and resources of our firm to serve your accounting and audit needs. The individual members of our firm are involved in agricultural organizations, and we support their activities locally and nationally. We dedicate much time and expense to assisting the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council in furthering their educational objectives. We routinely speak at most of their educational programs and assist them in providing cooperative managers and directors with the most up-to-date analysis of financial trends and issues impacting Texas cooperatives. As part of our commitment to support the cooperative industry, our professionals are fully engaged in the activities of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC) and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC). As a member and past chairman of the Accounting and Auditing Committee of NSAC, Greg Taylor consults routinely with the members of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) staff concerning cooperative issues and the standards development process. He was responsible, on behalf of NSAC, for commenting on FASB exposure drafts and International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) standards and interpretations. Greg is a frequent speaker at NSAC national and chapter meetings as well as the LTA committee of NCFC. Greg is a past national president of the NSAC and recently served as co-chairman of its National Program Planning Committee and is the current editor of the ACCTFAX section of NSAC’s quarterly journal “The Cooperative Accountant.”

Meet Our Management Team

Greg Taylor- MBA, CPA, CVA

Greg grew up on a six-hundred-acre cattle and cotton farm south of Ralls, Texas. He became a shareholder with D. Williams & Co., Inc. in January 1994, and oversees the firm’s assurance, litigation support and valuation services. He has extensive experience with many types of agri-business entities including all facets of the cotton and cottonseed processing industries, grain merchandising, farm supply, cattle feedyards, fertilizer production, and wholesale-retail operations. His experience also includes banks and financial institutions and not-for-profit and governmental entities. His litigation support and valuation experience include services to debtors-in-possession and creditor committees in bankruptcy proceedings, and other civil and criminal cases in state court venues. He joined D. Williams & Co., Inc. in 1989 after working with Doshier, Pickens & Francis, P.C. in Amarillo, Texas and in the Lubbock office of KPMG Peat Marwick. (where he met his mentor Donald D. Williams, CPA).

Greg received his BBA. in finance and accounting from West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University) in 1983 and his MBA. from West Texas State University in 1988.

Greg holds the CVA designation (Certified Valuation Analyst) and is a member of NACVA. He is also a member of the Lubbock Cotton Exchange, the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT), the AICPA, TSCPA and the Texas Chapter of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC). Greg served as the National President of NSAC in 2008-2009. He also served NSAC as the chairman of the Accounting and Auditing Committee (2002 – 2013), in that capacity he consulted with the staff and members of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) regarding the impact of proposed accounting pronouncements on the cooperative sector. In 2013 NSAC recognized Greg for his efforts on behalf of NSAC and cooperatives with the Silver Bowl award. 

From November 2013 through December 2018, Greg served the City of Lubbock as Chairman of the Electric Utility Board; he continued to serve on the EUB as board secretary and a member until February 2022. From November 2014 through May 2022, he has also served the City of Lubbock as chairman of its Audit and Investment Committee. An Eagle Scout and active Boy Scout volunteer, he currently serves the South Plains Council BSA as Treasurer and was Council President in 2013 and 2014.

Greg has three children, Nicole (a graduate of UC Berkeley and Princeton and a research scientist with Bristol-Meyers Squibb), Jackson, (an undergraduate studying architecture at the University of Oregon) and Mason (a student at Lubbock High School). His wife, Jill, a native of Lamesa, Texas holds BBA and MBA degrees from Texas Tech, is also a CPA, and works as a corporate controller in private industry.

Gary Linker, CPA- Shareholder

Mr. Linker became a tax shareholder in the firm D. Williams & Co., Inc. in January 1994; he has been with the Firm since 1988. Prior to that, he was a staff accountant with Caraway, McMahon & Co. in Lubbock and Johnson, Miller & Co. in Midland.

Mr. Linker has extensive experience in the planning, preparation, and supervision of tax engagements for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates and trusts, and agricultural cooperatives. His tax experience has included entities in the agricultural, health care, oil and gas, and retail industries. He is also actively involved in tax research for unique situations that arise in clients’ businesses. Mr. Linker also has experience at the staff and in-charge level on audits of various segments of the agricultural industry, both cooperatives and non-cooperatives.
Mr. Linker received a BA degree from Lubbock Christian College in 1981. He received a BBA. in Accounting from Texas Tech University in 1983. Mr. Linker is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the South Plains Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Texas Chapter of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives.

Russ DuBose, CPA, MSA

Mr. DuBose is a Shareholder with the firm of D. Williams & Co., Inc.; he has been with the firm since November 2005. His responsibilities include overseeing audit engagements of the firm.

Prior to joining D. Williams & Co., Inc., Mr. DuBose worked in the financial services industry. Mr. DuBose has experience performing and supervising audits of many cooperative entities, including cotton gins, grain elevators and farm supply operations. He has a great deal of experience working with the Firm’s agricultural cooperative clients and is very familiar with their operations.

Mr. DuBose received a BBA degree from Texas Tech University in 2004 and an MSA degree from Texas Tech University in 2008. Mr. DuBose is a member of the Texas Chapter of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the South Plains Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. DuBose is the current president of the Texas Chapter NSAC and will serve as the National Director from the Texas Chapter beginning in 2023.

Travis Lewis, EA

Mr. Lewis became a shareholder in the firm D. Williams & Co., Inc. in 2022; he has been with the Firm since 2006. Prior to that, he was a staff accountant with Davis, Kinard & Co. in Abilene.
Mr. Lewis has extensive experience in the planning, preparation, and supervision of tax engagements for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, and trusts. His tax experience has included entities in the agricultural, health care, oil and gas, and retail industries. He specializes in planning and tax research for the unique situations that arise with agri-business clients. Mr. Lewis also has experience at the staff level on audits of various segments of the agricultural industry, both cooperatives and non-cooperatives.
Mr. Lewis received a BBA degree from Texas Tech University in 2005. Mr. Lewis is an enrolled agent with the Internal Revenue Service.

Keith Reeger, CPA, CFE

Mr. Reeger is an audit manager with the firm of D. Williams & Co., Inc.; he has been with the firm since September 2004. His responsibilities include overseeing audit engagements of the firm.

Prior to joining D. Williams & Co., Inc., Mr. Reeger was the CFO of Directors Choice LLP, managing partner of Keith Reeger & Co., LLP, and a partner with Love, Hays & Reeger LLP. Mr. Reeger has experience performing and supervising audits of many cooperative entities, including cotton gins, grain elevators and farm supply operations. He has a great deal of experience collaborating with the Firm’s agricultural cooperative clients and is very familiar with their operations.
Mr. Reeger received a B.S. degree from Abilene Christian College (now Abilene Christian University) in 1975. Mr. Reeger is a member of the Texas Chapter of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the South Plains Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. A Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), he is also a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Keith is the immediate-past President of the Texas Chapter of NSAC and serves on the TSCPA executive board.

Gail Faries, CPA

Mr. Faries is an audit manager with the firm of D. Williams & Co., Inc.; he has been with the firm since June 2002. His responsibilities include overseeing audit engagements of the firm.

Prior to joining D. Williams & Co., Inc., Mr. Faries was the CFO of Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative, in Lubbock. His work experience includes positions with various public accounting firms, including Keith Reeger & Co. LLP and Elms Farris & Co. Mr. Faries has several years’ experience performing audits of many cooperative entities including gins, cotton warehouses, grain elevators, and farm supply clients; and is very familiar with their operations.
Mr. Faries received his B.B.A. degree from Texas Tech University in 1982. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the South Plains Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Texas Chapter of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives. Mr. Faries served as the national vice-president of NSAC in 2015 – 2016

Stephen Bell, CPA

Mr. Bell is an audit manager with the firm of D. Williams & Co., Inc.; he has been with the firm since July 2010. His responsibilities include overseeing audit engagements of the firm.
Prior to joining D. Williams & Co., Inc., Mr. Bell worked in the financial services industry. Mr. Bell has experience performing and supervising audits of many cooperative entities, including cotton gins, grain elevators and farm supply operations. He has a great deal of experience working with the Firm’s agricultural clients and is very familiar with their operations.
Mr. Bell received a B.B.A degree from Texas Tech University in 2006. Mr. Bell is a member of the Texas Chapter of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the South Plains Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Don Williams, Founder, 1931-2019

Don, the founder of D. Williams & Co., Inc., came to Lubbock in 1948 from Alma, Arkansas at the age of seventeen. After working as a brick-mason, a turn in the Army, several years with the U.S. Postal Service, and graduating from Texas Technological College, Don began his career in public accounting in 1959. In 1960, he joined the Edwin E. Merriman & Co. firm in Lubbock. Edwin E. Merriman & Co. grew into one of the largest firms in Lubbock and the premier firm in Texas serving agri-business and agricultural cooperatives. Don became a Merriman partner in 1970.

In 1981, the Merriman & Co. firm merged into the national accounting practice of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., now known as KPMG. Don was a partner in the Lubbock office of Peat Marwick until December, 1986. Realizing that Peat Marwick’s philosophy of client service was less than ideal, Don was convinced that the West Texas agricultural community would respond favorably to a firm providing proactive, personal service. History has proven him right. In December, 1986, he founded the firm that bears his name today. D. Williams & Co., Inc. is proud to carry on the tradition of service to Texas agri-business that began with Merriman & Co. in the 1940’s.

Throughout his fifty plus year career in public accounting, Don demonstrated the highest integrity and devotion to advancing the development of agricultural cooperatives and agri-business for the benefit of the farmers that own them and the rural communities of which they are a part. In 2001, the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council recognized him with its Distinguished Service Award for his dedication to Texas cooperatives. His dedication to the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives and the Texas chapter in particular, led to over forty years of service to that organization and to the development of his reputation as a teacher and leader. A true gentleman, Don’s warm wit and empathetic, easy-going manner helped him to be a great teacher, mentor, and friend to his many clients, co-workers and partners.

 

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