Meet Our Team

“Being coachable is one of life’s most important skills and attitudes, whether or not you’re an athlete. If you’re any kind of person who wishes to grow, learn, improve, excel or peak perform, you should care about whether or not you’re coachable. In other words, being coachable relates to a happy, productive life.” – Laura Di Franco

Roger Knecht

President, UAC

Roger Knecht can help you develop a team of committed individuals for success and profits using a proven

system.  Using an interactive process he enables attendees to specifically learn how.  Each attendee will leave with actionable goals that will improve communication in the company, customer satisfaction, and bottom line profits.

As President of Universal Accounting Center® (UAC) Mr. Knecht is a favorite presenter at Universal’s seminars, combining wit and wisdom in sharing the principles of business success. Mr. Knecht has extensive experience in marketing and management with corporations of all sizes and has successfully implemented the principles of growth he speaks about.

Allen Bostrom, former President of UAC, says, “Roger’s professional abilities and enthusiasm for Universal Accounting have been critical to the growth of the company during the past dozen years. Had it not been for Roger’s contributions, we would not be where we are as a company today.”

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Clay Neves

V.P of Enrollment

Clay Neves is a 12 year veteran with Universal Accounting Center and has worked with students throughout the 

United States and Canada to grow their practices.  

Have you ever wanted to take your accounting career to the next level, but your abilities in growing your clientele and monthly fees was holding you back? Do you know how valuable you ALREADY are? Do you know how much MORE valuable you could be?

We provide aspiring Accountrepreneurs the COMPETENCE and CONFIDENCE to start & scale a premier Accounting, Bookkeeping, Tax and Advisory Business by providing MORE services to MORE clients for MORE income – CERTIFIED.

What difference would it make if you were as powerful in attracting clients as you are at serving them?

If you’d like to know more about what we can do for you, go to my calendar and schedule a free consultation with me. Let’s get you where you want to go! https://calendly.com/uac-clayneves/30min

Aja Jadama

Enrollment Director

For nearly a decade Aja has helped accounting professionals move forward as they work towards their career goals in accounting.

Aja made me feel comfortable and help walk me through the process as this is a new adventure for me to start my own business. She is friendly and very helpful and has great business insights She is amazing I am so excited to start my courses and jumpstart my own business I am enrolled with the 3 basic book keeping, QuickBooks and Tax Preparations.Thanks A bunch” – Kiki S.

“Aja is amazing!! She guided me through what courses is appropriate and made sense to jumpstart my own business. She helped me feel comfortable and confident about my decision. I am so excited to start the courses and get my business going! I enrolled in the 3 basics bookkeeping, QuickBooks, and Tax Preparation. Thank you Aja!!!” – NokNoy V.

Michael Karls

Enrollment Director

With his master’s degree in Accounting Michael brings a valuable perspective when working with accounting professionals to help them achieve their career goals.

Michael has an attention to detail to develop a clear and direct path to success with helping accounting professionals define their next steps when starting & building their accounting businesses.

Cindy Jorgenson

Enrollment Director

Cindy’s picture says it all, she has a contagious positive energy to help you see your potential for greatness.

When speaking with Cindy she’ll ask questions with a genuine interest to identify your goals and in short order you’ll realize you are capable of so my more.

No goal is to big for Cindy.  Speak with her and find our what your true potential is.

Omar Troyo

Enrollment Director

For years Omar has helped individuals advance their careers.  He is committed to helping people find the confidence and competence to move forward with their career goals.

Take the time to speak with Omar and find out how you can excel as an accounting professional to get paid what you are worth.

Jennifer Capener

Orientation Counselor

For more than a decade Jennifer has been a critical member of our team at UAC.  Her attention to detail and commitment to excellence is obvious. 

When working with students she is both kind and patient.  Not only is she the one everyone loves to interact with, she is also the person that leaves you better than when you started the conversation.  As you get to know Jennifer you’ll find she is both professional and caring.

Adam Syvock, Universal Accounting School

Adam Syvock

Academic & Firm Coach
Professional Bookkeeper
QuickBooks Specialist
Professional Tax Preparer

Adam works with Universal Accounting’s PB students regarding questions about the curriculum and real-world 

accounting situations.  Adam is a graduate of Universal Accounting’s PB program himself,  and also holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  In addition, Adam also uses his skills as a profit and growth expert to run his own accounting practice.  He is also QuickBooks Certified and is working towards his Enrolled Agent (EA) designation to be able to help small businesses with accounting and tax.

As President of Universal Accounting Center® (UAC) Mr. Knecht is a favorite presenter at Universal’s seminars, combining wit and wisdom in sharing the principles of business success. Mr. Knecht has extensive experience in marketing and management with corporations of all sizes and has successfully implemented the principles of growth he speaks about.

Allen Bostrom, former President of UAC, says, “Roger’s professional abilities and enthusiasm for Universal Accounting have been critical to the growth of the company during the past dozen years. Had it not been for Roger’s contributions, we would not be where we are as a company today.”

Rick Howard

Structured Power Coach 
Profit & Growth Expert

Rick has served as our Business Coach with a passion to delight and serve our students.  He helps new students set

goals and arrange their schedules to complete their training.  His role to help the student is crucial during the first 30-45 days of enrollment.  It’s in that time that he helps them with their testing and certifications as they finish their programs.  Rick has extensive knowledge of the academic systems behind our student portal, www.uacourses.com.

Rick has been instrumental in the development of our structured coaching program for students, working with Universal Accounting to develop the Universal Practice Builder Program, and directly with students to field test the principles and practices for attracting and converting clients by becoming a profit and growth expert.  Rick has presented to accounting professionals throughout the United States and Canada on how to start and grow their own successful accounting practices.

Robyn Mons

Universal Accounting LIFE Coach

Robyn Mons is a certified Life Coach, aka “the mind ninja” to her kids, helps business professionals learn how to 

manage their brains so they can create desired results in their lives and in their businesses.  As an entrepreneur herself, she understands the challenges that come with balancing work and life and the mental blocks that keep you from taking action.  Robyn believes that your brain is the most powerful tool you have on the planet and that learning how to manage your brain is the most important thing you can do to create the lasting results you want in your life, including your business. Using the latest, cutting edge tools in the industry combined with her ability to connect and lead with compassion, she has helped many people succeed in achieving goals beyond what they thought possible.  Her greatest joy is to watch her clients blow their own minds and fulfill their potential.

Ken Bostrom

V.P. of Production &
Enrollment Support

Ken Bostrom has been an instructor, coach, and officer of Universal sector for nearly three decades.  He has seen 

Universal Accounting Center grow from a small local brick-and-mortar accounting training school to an international provider of cutting edge, online certification training for accounting professionals to start and grow their own bookkeeping, accounting, and tax practice.   Ken is the author behind our Professional Bookkeeper’s Guide to QuickBooks, as well as it’s annual updates.  You could say Ken wrote the book on how to use QuickBooks to get more done in less time and to become a Profit and Growth Expert.   He is a certified Color Accounting instructor, QuickBooks Specialist, and a QuickBooks Pro Advisor.

Mark Robilliard, FCA

Academic Coach,
Color Accounting

Mark Robilliard is a Co-founder and CEO Americas of Color Accounting International, an education and

publishing firm headquartered in Washington DC. He’s an Aussie who lives in the US and travels widely, leading seminars in financial statements and business acumen skills, for lawyers, bankers and business people. Some of his teaching for senior execs is done in secret.

He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and was the National Training Manager for KPMG Australia. He has also managed the Human Resources Department for the largest insurer in Australia. He is on the adjunct faculty of American University and has taught at other secondary, tertiary and post-grad institutions in the US and Australia. He has co-authored a number of books, including Accounting Comes Alive: The Color Accounting Parable, and Color Accounting: The New Graphical System That Makes Learning Accounting Easy And Quick. He believes that Accounting Literacy is the under-appreciated foundation upon which all Financial Literacy and Business Acumen should be built.

As President of Universal Accounting Center® (UAC) Mr. Knecht is a favorite presenter at Universal’s seminars, combining wit and wisdom in sharing the principles of business success. Mr. Knecht has extensive experience in marketing and management with corporations of all sizes and has successfully implemented the principles of growth he speaks about.

Allen Bostrom, former President of UAC, says, “Roger’s professional abilities and enthusiasm for Universal Accounting have been critical to the growth of the company during the past dozen years. Had it not been for Roger’s contributions, we would not be where we are as a company today.”

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Bill Brough, EA

Cirriculumn Development, Professional Tax Preparer program

Bill came to the world of ledgers and tax returns by an unlikely route. He majored in music, and spent time as a songwriter in 

Los Angeles, even landing a spot on a production team for a Stevie Wonder spin-off called Writer’s Quarters West. To help make ends meet for his young family, Bill started a small business in 1988, part-time, while still keeping a foot in the music industry. But it quickly consumed all his time and energy, and he discovered that he actually enjoyed running a business, which required learning how to keep the books, which led to an MBA in finance and accounting. Eventually, Bill was hired by Universal Accounting Center in Salt Lake City to teach their unique bookkeeping and tax preparation courses to students from all over the country. He has been a lead writer and editor for Universal Accounting’s Professional Tax Preparer course. He also worked several seasons as a tax professional for H&R Block. Having worked several seasons as a tax professional for H&R Block, Bill currently runs his own thriving bookkeeping, accounting and tax preparation business.

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Clay Neves

BizBench Implementation Coach

Clay Neves is a 12 year veteran with Universal Accounting Center and has worked with students throughout the 

United States and Canada to grow their practices.  He oversaw the growth of Universal’s seminar channel nearly ten-fold and oversaw the enrollment call center before taking on the implementation of BizBench as a new product, as well as webinars, virtual conferences, and other R&D projects. He has been involved at the executive level in using key performance indicators to identify trends, problems, opportunities and business solutions.  He is a past Chamber of Commerce executive and knows how to help small businesses.  With over 30 years of sales and marketing management experience, he can help you implement business assessment and evaluation, as well as coach you on how to attract new clients, increase retention, and expand your consulting income.

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Scott Stephenson

Profit & Growth Coach

John Scott Stephenson has over 20 years of consulting experience in training design, implementation, facilitation,

change management, customer loyalty, leadership development, and sales and marketing. He has designed and implemented management systems to support major change initiatives for numerous organizations throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. His goal is to help organizations be more profitable and people more effective.

Scott’s clients are in the public, private and non-profit sectors, which have given him broad experience in understanding critical organizational issues.  His clients include the Center for Disease Control, Phillip Morris, DeVry University, and KPMG Peat Marwick.  He has an MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.

Veronica Wasek, CPA

Virtual Bookkeeper Roadmap

Hi, My name is Veronica Wasek, a Certified Public Accountant, and a certified Advanced QuickBooks Online

ProAdvisor. I am the founder/CEO of VM Wasek, a successful cloud accounting, and bookkeeping business. I am also the founder of 5 Minute Bookkeeping. I’ve been named a Top 10 QuickBooks ProAdvisor (worldwide) and a Top Accounting Influencer. I am a member of Intuit Corporation’s exclusive Trainer/Writer network.

My goal is to help bookkeepers and accountants minimize the time and effort spent on bookkeeping and maximize profits. If your goal is to start or grow a bookkeeping firm or add bookkeeping to your accounting practice, then we’re a perfect fit. As much as I love accounting and bookkeeping, I love teaching even more. I’m excited to share my knowledge and experience with you, so you can build a thriving practice without the guesswork.

Ron Saharyan

Co-Founder of Profit First Professional & Coach

Ron and Mike Michalowicz debated how to help businesses that were seeking financial fortitude. Mike had the fix: Profit

First. Ron had the plan: Profit First Professionals. After their twelve-minute discussion the decision was clear, the Profit First Professionals organization was to be created. Having built multiple companies in the staffing industry, Ron leads our membership of world-class accountants, bookkeepers and business coaches who guide entrepreneurs to the highest degrees of profitability.

Ron has over 15 years of experience in managing organizational growth, is a thought leader in business cash flow management and is a popular speaker on the topic of, you guessed it, profit.

Erin Moger

Profit First Professional Coach

Erin Moger supports the implementation of Profit First with over twenty-five member accountants, bookkeepers, or

coaches…every week. A specialist in the Profit First proprietary cash flow tools, branding and marketing materials, and its constantly expanding set of resources, Erin is the “go-to” expert on the Profit First team when it comes to giving our members the advantage over the competition.

Erin has been with Profit First Professionals for the entirety of her professional career (and we hope to keep it that way). Erin has degrees in marketing and accounting. Her passion is to help small businesses succeed because good money management can and will change your life!

Angie Burns

Profit First Professional Coach

Angie Burns started her career on the banking side of the business within various areas as Credit, Foreign

Exchange, and Fraud Prevention.  She has also worked for several years as a Corporate Controller for the medical industry.  Angie joined Profit First Professionals as a member in 2017 and joined the team as a guide in 2018. 

Angie has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Management Information Systems.  She understands first hand the struggle small business owners face as she and her husband own an IT company.  Angie has a passion for helping others.

In her spare time, Angie enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog and is a fitness instructor.

Billie Anne Grigg

Profit First Professional Coach

Billie Anne Grigg has been a bookkeeper since before the turn of the century (yes, this one.) She is a Universal Accounting

Center graduate of the Professional Bookkeeper (PB) program as well as a QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor, LivePlan Expert Advisor, and a Mastery Certified Profit First Professional. Billie Anne started Pocket Protector Bookkeeping in 2012 to provide an excellent virtual bookkeeping and managerial accounting solution for small businesses that cannot yet justify employing a full-time, in-house bookkeeping staff. In August 2017, Billie Anne joined the Profit First Professionals team as the Senior Strategic guide.

When not keeping books, Billie Anne can usually be found with her nose stuck in one or at least reading something on her Kindle. She also crochets and knits, has recently rekindled her passion for writing, and enjoys spending her free time with her husband and three children on their farm in northeast Oklahoma.  Hear what advice Billie Anne has for you as you start and build your accounting firm and “From PFP to Guide with Billie Anne“.

Liz Szporn

Profit First Professional Coach

Liz Szporn became a Profit First Professionals Homebase Guide in December of 2019. Liz is an accomplished 

executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience and a proven track record of financial success and strong leadership skills. She co-founded Leaderally, a professional development organization dedicated to educators, where she produces content and curriculum for online and in-person workshops.

John Tam

Value Builder Customer Success Manager

John Tam has coached and consulted clients in over 20 countries working with reputable hotel chains like Marriott

International, Hilton Worldwide & Accor. As a Customer Success Manager at The Value Builder System™ he brings global best practices building value and developing a plan to help enable your business to thrive.

John received his Bachelor of Business Management from Western Sydney University and also earned his Marketing Diploma. John is an identical twin based out of Toronto, enjoys reading on the beach and yoga.