MBA Advisory Board

Our MBA Advisory board consists of members of the community with specializations in many different areas.
Dan CharronContryman Associates, P.C. - CPA, CMA, CFP®, AIF®

Tax Shareholder

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with Contryman Associates, P.C., Licensed to Practice in the State of Nebraska

Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Designation

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER Practitioner (CFP)

Shareholder in Charge of the Contryman Associates Tax Department

Manager of the Scottsbluff, Nebraska, office of Contryman Associates

Member of Contryman Associates Tax Committee - Responsible for Developing and Maintaining the Firms Tax Policies and Procedures

Member of Contryman Associates Technology Committee - Responsible for Coordination of the Firms Technology Policies and Procedures

Investment Adviser Representative with Contryman Wealth Advisors

Member of the Wealth Advisors Network, Inc., Investment Committee - Responsible for Approving Investment Policy and Portfolio Recommendations for our Investment Adviser Representatives

Licensed to offer Securities through Cambridge Investment Research Inc.

Series 7, 24, 66 Securities Registrations

Licensed Agent for Life Insurance, Annuities, and Variable Contracts with Cambridge Investment Research Inc.

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE

  • Started with Contryman Associates, P.C. in 1997
  • Accounting, Tax Preparation, and Consulting for Individuals and Businesses
  • QuickBooks Accounting Software Specialist
  • Estate and Retirement Planning, Business Development and Consulting

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Institute of Management Accountants

EDUCATION

  • University of Nebraska at Kearney, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Emphases in Accounting and Finance Honor Graduate
  • Model-Netics Management Course Graduate

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Rotary Club of Scottsbluff/Gering Treasurer
  • Scottsbluff Public Schools Foundation Board Member
  • Scottsbluff Kiwanis Club and Foundation Board Member, Past Treasurer
  • Scottsbluff/Gering Chamber of Commerce Past Chairman
  • Leadership Scotts Bluff Past President

Meredith CollinsMeredith Collins is the Executive Director of Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska.  She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney Social Work program with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Meredith has a strong commitment to ensure that programs and services work to address community needs and help improve people’s lives. 

Her Executive Director duties include responsibility for supervising and coordinating activities of staff members, agency programs, funding mandates, and keeping the Board of Directors’ informed of all agency operations. The agency currently employs 220 individuals and serves 27 counties in south central Nebraska and two counties in Kansas.

Michael Pelster

Mike is a graduate from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) with a bachelor's degree in Marketing and a master's degree in Business Administration.  While working toward his higher education, he served as the Assistant Director of Recruitment for UNK.  His experience of working with people from all over the world has helped him understand that each individual has individual needs.  With this understanding, Mike brings a personal approach to his partnership with ag producers, looking to understand their goals and matching them with the AgWest touch that will best help them achieve these goals. 

Megan ThiesMegan Thies, a Petersburg, Nebraska, native, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in December of 2011, graduating summa cum laude. She was named as an Outstanding Graduate in Management for the 2011-2012 school year. In May of 2014, Megan earned her Master’s in Business Administration degree from UNK and was named the Outstanding MBA Graduate.

Megan began her career in Human Resources as an intern for Royal Engineered Composites in 2011. Upon completion of her degree that year, she moved to a full-time generalist position, and in 2014 was promoted to her current role of Human Resources Manager. In 2015, she earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. Megan currently resides in Kearney with her husband, Aaron, her stepson, Nick, and their two dogs, Penny and Jet. In her spare time, she runs a small cupcakery, For the Love of Cake.

Ron Wall

Ron is an experienced professional with cross-functional expertise in multiple industries and disciplines with a track record for successful strategic planning, decision making, execution, and delivery in firms ranging in size from startup to Fortune 500.