Who We Are

A Team-Based Approach

As a locally owned company, TPP has been in business for more than 40 years and has about 40 employees. Our team-based approach to client service means peace of mind for you given more than one associate understands your business and your needs.

We pride ourselves on being proactive in developing profit improvement or cost saving ideas for our clients. In fact, we provide incentives to our associates to continually develop ideas for you.


Let us introduce you to our management team.


TPP has been building professional relationships since 1981.

Vision, Mission & Values

Find out what motivates us.

Affiliation with BDO Alliance USA

Alliances make us stronger.

In The News

Find out what we've been up to.


Brent R. Blacklock, CPA

David PerkyBrent joined TPP Certified Public Accountants in 1999, and has significant accounting and income tax compliance experience. He has a passion for developing ideas and recommendations for business owners that save them time and money. Through his consultative approach, Brent also helps clients get the most out of their accounting and financial reporting systems. He works with privately held companies, with a niche in physician owned medical practices, dental practices, professional service firms and construction companies. Brent also leads the recruiting and business development efforts for TPP.

A CPA since 1999, Brent received the highest score on the Uniform CPA Exam in the State of Idaho, where he took the exam. Earlier that year, he graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a Bachelor’s degree in both Accounting and Business Administration. While attending MNU, Brent was a 4-year member of the men's varsity basketball team and received Academic All-American honors.

Brent currently serves as an advisor to the Northland Christian School Board’s finance committee. He is also an alumni member (2016) of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Program. Brent serves on both the Business Industry Advisory Board and Alumni Council for MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.

Brent enjoys running marathons, cycling, traveling, attending Royals games and watching his daughters play volleyball. Brent and his wife Audrey have two girls and reside in Kansas City, Missouri.

 Chris A. Burton, QKA

Chris Burton

After originally joining TPP in the Accounting Department in 1994, Chris shifted his focus to the Retirement Plan Specialists Division in 1997. He is responsible for the consultation and design of plan documents, administration services for defined contribution plans with an emphasis in the administration of 401(k) plans, and converting and coordinating the takeover of new plans. Chris is also responsible for sales and marketing in the Retirement Plan Specialists Division.

A native of Kansas, Chris graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1992 and passed the CPA exam in 1994. He earned the QKA (Qualified 401(k) Administrator) specialty credential in 2001. He is a member of the ASPPA, American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries.

Chris and his wife Alayne have three children, two sons and a daughter and several grandchildren. Chris resides in Spring Hill, KS and enjoys spending weekends at the lake and playing with his grandchildren.

 Robert W. Parker, CPA

Robert ParkerBob received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Kansas State University in 1977. Prior to joining TPP, he worked in various capacities in the audit departments at Deloitte Touche and BKD. While at those firms, Bob serviced clients in manufacturing, banking, construction, not-for-profit, service, automotive, and various other industries. His current client base is primarily comprised of closely-held businesses in a number of industries including services, construction, manufacturing and distribution. Bob’s involvement with these businesses covers areas such as: business planning, financial reporting, streamlining accounting functions, profit improvement, financing, personal and corporate tax issues, succession planning and other consulting services. Since 2002, Bob has also led TPP’s CFO & Accounting Resources division.

Bob is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has also earned the designation of Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Bob has served as a board member director for: Angel Flight Central, Happy Bottoms and Camp Wood. Bob and his wife Jane have four children and reside in Lenexa, Kansas.

 David W. Perky, CPA, CFP®

David PerkyAs a co-founder of the firm, Dave was instrumental in the early growth of the firm from just a couple of employees.  The firm’s unique bonus structure and administrative policies were originated under his leadership.  Dave has also served as managing partner during a majority of the years of the firm’s early existence.  A Certified Public Accountant since 1978, his experience includes four years with an international accounting firm where he served on the audit and tax departments. Throughout his career he has provided tax and financial services to individuals, trusts, partnerships and corporations. Working with company owners, Dave coordinates and analyzes clients’ financial information, provides tax-planning services with an emphasis on the minimization of income taxes and has extensive experience with succession and estate planning.

His education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Kansas State University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and hundreds of continuing education hours in accounting and taxation. Dave is a member of the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Certified Financial Planners. Dave has also earned the designation of Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He serves on the Board of Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program – a mentor organization dedicated to helping small business owners grow their businesses. Dave and his wife Teresa have three children and reside in Overland Park, Kansas.

 David G. Workmon, CPA

David WorkmonDave graduated from Rockhurst University receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1985. Throughout his 30-plus years in public accounting he has had the opportunity to gain valuable experience in many industries, including various professional service firms, construction, manufacturing, and wholesale distribution. During his career Dave has worked in the audit, tax, and consulting areas of TPP. Through those experiences, coupled with more than 20 years as TPP’s CFO, Dave has been able to provide practical solutions to his clients with their tax planning, accounting, succession planning, profitability consulting, and general business consulting needs. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kansas and Missouri Societies of Certified Public Accountants. Dave has four children and resides in Leawood, Kansas.



TPP opens its doors

Receives first of our four CPA Digest Top 50 Accounting Firm Awards

Originates retirement plan administration and consulting services

TPP joins CPAmerica, national affiliation of independently owned CPA firms

Launches CFO and accounting outsourcing services

Designs and uses open platform for retirement plan administration services

Organizes separate divisions for Retirement Plan Specialists, LLC and CFO & Accounting Resources, LLC

Celebrates firm’s 25th anniversary

Established internal process to collect and share client profitability ideas

Implemented over $1M of client profitability ideas during each of the last 6 years

TPP Partner Roy Messick testifies before the Committee on Small Business in the United States House of Representatives about small business retirement plans.

Establishes Financial Checkup Program

Promoted two new partners, Brent Blacklock and Chris Burton
INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firms

INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firms

INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firms

INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firms
ClearlyRated's Best of Accounting in Client Satisfaction Award

INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firms
ClearlyRated's Best of Accounting in Client Satisfaction Award
Independent Member of BDO Alliance USA

INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firms
ClearlyRated's Best of Accounting in Client Satisfaction Award

During our 40+ years in the Kansas City area, our focus has always been on building relationships with our clients, and helping manage the financial portion of their businesses, to allow business owners to fully engage in running their company. Our continued emphasis on improvement, timeliness and providing an objective perspective has built our reputation.

TPP looks for opportunities to meet clients’ ever changing needs through prompt delivery of completed projects and providing profitability and cost savings ideas. Throughout our history, we’ve expanded our services as our clients’ businesses have changed to include Retirement Plan AdministrationCFO Services and offering Financial Checkups.


Vision, Mission & Values

The TPP Foundation


To be the accountants and advisors of choice for business owners.


To help business owners succeed by providing valuable financial advice and timely services.


Goal oriented
Exceed expectations
Actively listen to others
Attract and retain premier clients & associates
Thoughts for our clients

TPP promises to remain goal oriented. We are responsive to our clients.  We actively listen to those within our organization as well as our clients. Internal growth is vital—we do our best to attract and retain premier clients and associates. 


Affiliation With BDO Alliance USA


BDO Alliance USA

We are an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms with similar client service goals. By supplementing our services, the BDO Alliance USA allows us to:

  • Enhance our client services and broaden our capabilities overall

  • Expand our domestic and international coverage

  • Gain greater technical knowledge in specialty areas

  • Utilize professionals with experience in a wide range of industries

  • Access the most up-to-date technical information

  • Participate in the latest training programs

  • Utilize state of-the-art, customized computer systems

  • Provide our clients with key contacts and sophisticated professionals throughout the U.S.

The BDO Alliance USA brings us the necessary tools to help us better serve our clients with greater flexibility, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

The BDO Alliance USA is a subsidiary of BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership. For more than 100 years, BDO has provided quality service through the active involvement of experienced and committed professionals.  The firm serves clients through more than 60 offices over 550 independent Alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multi-national clients through a global network of more than 73,000 people working out of 1,500 offices across 162 countries.

BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, is the U.S. member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms.  BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms.


In The News

TPP Certified Public Accountants Earns Clearlyrated’s 2019 Best of Accounting™ Award for Client Service Excellence

Clients of winning firms are two times more likely to be completely satisfied.

Overland Park, KS – February 19, 2019 – TPP Certified Public Accountants, a leading accounting firm, announced that they have won ClearlyRated’s Best of Accounting™ Award for providing superior service. Best of Accounting Award winners have proven themselves as industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings provided by their clients. On average, clients of 2019 Best of Accounting winners are 1.9x more likely to be entirely satisfied than those who work with non-winning firms.

TPP Certified Public Accountants received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 90% of their clients, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45% in 2019.

“The client experience is one of the most powerful ways that accounting firms can set themselves apart from the competition,” said ClearlyRated’s CEO Eric Gregg. “2019 Best of Accounting winners have demonstrated their commitment to client service, investing in a survey and feedback program that brings transparency to the client experience at their firm. I’m thrilled to showcase these service leaders alongside their validated client ratings and testimonials on ClearlyRated.com!”

“We are proud and honored to be recognized for our efforts in this way. Thank you to our clients for our ongoing opportunity to serve them,” said TPP’s Bob Parker, Partner.

About Best of Accounting™

Best of Accounting recognizes accounting firms that have demonstrated exceptional service quality based exclusively on ratings provided by their clients. The award program provides statistically valid and objective service quality benchmarks for the accounting industry, revealing which firms deliver the highest quality of service to their clients. Winners are featured on ClearlyRated.com - an online business directory that helps buyers of professional services find service leaders and vet prospective firms – based exclusively on validated client ratings and testimonials.

About ClearlyRated

Rooted in satisfaction research for professional service firms, ClearlyRated (formerly known as Inavero) utilizes a Net Promoter Score survey program to help accounting firms measure the client experience, build online reputation, and differentiate on service quality



INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Award 2019

Carmel, Ind. (September 3, 2019) – Continuing the tradition of more than 25 years, INSIDE Public Accounting’s (IPA) has released the 2019 list of the Best of the Best public accounting firms in the nation. This group, the highest performers within the profession, are ranked on more than 50 metrics. The 2019 Best of the Best firms produce superior financial results while planning for long-term, sustainable growth.

In 2019, 550 firms were eligible for this accolade by participating in IPA’s Annual Survey and Analysis of Firms, now in its 29th year. IPA’s proprietary scoring formula looks at a variety of metrics related to growth, income, productivity, tools of governance, staff turnover, time management and other areas that speak to the framework of the firm to determine the Best of the Best.

“For firms looking to benchmark their own performance against the highest performing firms in the nation, the IPA Best of the Best firms is the group to emulate,” says Mike Platt, principal of INSIDE Public Accounting. “Best of the Best firms are evaluated across many dimensions, and collectively represent the best the profession has to offer.”

The IPA Best of the Best firms are scattered across the U.S. and Canada and come in all sizes – from 24 employees to 2,814 with 10 firms under $5 million in net revenue being recognized.

For a full list of the 2019 IPA Best of the Best firms, click here.


Do You Know How Your Business Measures Up?

By Robert W. Parker (October 2015) Ingram's Magazine

KPIs aren’t just for big businesses; using them can improve profitability anywhere.

Key Performance Indicators are measurements that can help you monitor the financial health of your business. When tracked consistently, KPIs help you make important decisions that affect your daily operations, growth and profitability.

A quick Google search reveals hundreds of KPIs, so your first task is to determine which ones are “key” to your business. Start by looking at your business goals and choosing KPIs that measure those goals specifically. Next, determine a target (such as current industry ratios) for each KPI and track your results against that target. This will help you monitor your performance and assess which areas of your business need the most attention.

Here are a few KPIs that are applicable to most industries:

Receivables Turnover:

For companies having issues with cash flow or collections, tracking this ratio over time will show whether sales are quickly being turned into cash. If receivables are not collected in a reasonable amount of time, cash flow will suffer. Used in conjunction with a receivables-aging schedule, the receivables turnover ratio will draw attention to overdue accounts that should be a priority for collection.

Inventory Turnover:

Using the same idea as receivables turnover, this ratio measures how long inventory is sitting on shelves before being sold. Ideally, inven-tory sits for a short amount of time before customers buy it. This ratio varies significantly across different industries, so be sure to use your own industry’s statistics with this KPI. If the turnover rate is significantly lower than the industry average, you may have too much invested in inventory.

Net Profit Margin:

This simple metric, when tracked consistently, can indicate sales trends throughout the year. If you only track net profit margin yearly or quarterly, you might be overlooking shorter seasonality trends that could be helpful with future forecasting and budgeting. Tracking this metric on a monthly or weekly basis can more clearly illuminate important trends.

Click HERE to read about more Key Performance Indicator's for your business.


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