Murphy, Coe, & Smith, PLLC. employs a team of outstanding professionals. We have a diverse clientele base that continues to come back to us year after year because they know they are in good hands. We work to develop long-term relationships, whether your needs are simple or complex, we can help.

 

Our People

 Lou Ann Murphy, CPA has been with the firm since 1989 and is a Partner with the firm in the Osage office as well as overseeing the Nashua office. Lou Ann oversees the entire firm and is responsible for key client relationships, working with a variety of clients and industries. Lou Ann is involved with the preparation and review process of individual, partnership, corporate, and nonprofit tax returns as well as compilations, reviews, and audits. She has experience providing tax and accounting services for primarily small businesses and farming operations.

Prior to working in public accounting she worked in the banking industry for 8 years after graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Upper Iowa University. Lou Ann has served as Treasurer of the Osage Rotary Club for over 25 years, Sock Sale Volunteer Coordinator for over 20 years, Board Member of Osage Development Inc., and Board Member and Treasurer of the Osage Economic Betterment Company. She is also very involved in her church in many ways including serving as Finance Team Member or Helper for the Osage United Church of Christ for over 20 years. Lou Ann is married to her husband, Tony, and they have a daughter. 
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 Christopher Smith, CPA has been with the firm since 2008 and is a Partner with the firm in the Osage office as well as overseeing the Riceville office. He is responsible for key client relationships, with an expertise in business consulting and acting as chief financial officer for a variety of businesses and industries. Christopher is involved with the preparation and review process of individuals, partnerships, corporate, and nonprofit tax returns as well as compilations, reviews, and audits.

Christopher obtained an Associates of Science in Accounting from Rochester Community and Technical College before transferring to Kansas City, Missouri where he obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University. Christopher is a member of Riceville Area Development and spends time outside of the office working on the family farm. He is married to his wife, Nicole, and they have three children.
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 Amy Coe, CPA joined the firm in 2002 and is a Partner of the firm in Osage. She is responsible for several key client relationships, working with a variety of clients and industries. Amy is involved with the preparation and review process of individual, partnership, corporate and nonprofit tax returns as well as compilations, reviews, and audits. She has experience working on a variety of complex tax-related topics and reviews complex tax returns.

Amy is a 2003 Phi Theta Kappa graduate of North Iowa Area Community College with an Associate in Science-Business Degree in Accounting.  After graduation, she began her public accounting career with the firm.  In 2015, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Buena Vista University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Management. Amy grew up in Manly, IA, where she currently resides with her husband and three children.
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 Bev Brooker has been with the firm since 1989. She is an experienced tax professional and assists with the preparation of individual, partnership corporate and nonprofit tax returns. She also has expertise in payroll, bookkeeping, compilations and reviews as well as handling complex payroll tax-related topics.

Bev currently lives in Osage and is married to her husband, Denny. She has three children, and eleven grandchildren.
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 Ty Laube has been with the firm since 1999 working in the Osage and the Nashua office. He is responsible for accounting and tax preparation of individual, partnership and corporate tax returns. He has been working with several small businesses and farming operations for many years.

Ty grew up on a farm near Charles City, Iowa where he currently resides. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.
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Staci Herrick has been with the firm since 2008. She is an experienced tax professional and assists with the preparation of individual, partnership corporate and nonprofit tax returns. She also has expertise in payroll, bookkeeping, compilations and reviews.

Staci resides in Osage and enjoys hiking, walking, reading, gardening, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.
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Josh Smith has been with the firm since 2013. He is an experienced tax professional and assists with the preparation of individual, partnership, corporate and nonprofit tax returns. He also has expertise in payroll, bookkeeping, compilations and reviews.

Josh obtained his Associate of Science in Accounting from Rochester Community and Technical College. He then continued his education at Winona State University and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree. 
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Loralei Brandau began working for the firm in 2016. Loralei obtained her Associate of Arts degree in 2013 from Hawkeye Community College. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

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 Josie Gooder Hrdlicka, CPA has been with the firm since 2017 overseeing the Cresco office. She is an experienced tax professional and assists with the preparation and review of individual, partnership, corporate and nonprofit tax returns. She also has expertise in payroll and bookkeeping as well as compilations, audits, and reviews.

Josie is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Accounting and Marketing. She obtained her CPA license after graduation. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones and the Green Bay Packers.
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Erin Kiefer joined the firm in 2019 after graduating from Viterbo University in May with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting. Erin currently resides in her hometown of Taopi, MN.  

In her free time she enjoys helping on the farm, hunting, bicycling, baking, spending time with family, and doing anything outdoors.
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Brandy Watenphul joined the firm in 2019. She graduated from North Iowa Area Community College in 2018 with an Associates of Arts degree. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.


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Becky Mauer joined the firm in 2019 as an Administrative Specialist.  Becky grew up in Osage and graduated from Osage High School in 1985. She then graduated from Rochester Technical and Community College as a registered and certified dental assistant. She worked in Rochester until moving back to Osage to help setup the RadioShack dealership in the family's Davis Paint business where she continued to run the business. She decided to close the business after 32 years when she then joined the firm.

Becky and her husband of 30 years, Mike, enjoy gardening, cooking, watching action movies, traveling, and trying new foods such as calamari, octopus, escargot, and crocodile just to name a few.
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Our Credentials

The continuous improvement of our knowledge, technical expertise and service is essential to your growth and success, as well as our vision to be the premier firm of choice. We are committed to the highest professional standards of ethics and integrity. With laws and regulations constantly changing we are continuously improving our knowledge and expanding our professional education each year to attain the highest levels of knowledge and skills to exceed our client's expectations. All of our CPA's receive annual continuing education in the areas in which they practice and stay up to date with new laws and regulations that may affect our clientele.

Aside from continuing professional education, our firm maintains its high level of competence through its membership with the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. We are in compliance with all registration and permit requirements relating to the practice of public accounting in the State of Iowa. The firm has a current Permit to Practice for the State of Iowa and all CPA’s have current licenses and Permits to Practice in the State of Iowa.

Our firm’s commitment to high standards and integrity is demonstrated by its participation in the peer review program, in which independent CPAs  conduct a review of our compliance with quality control standards.  You can view a copy of our most recent peer review report dated October 12, 2020 here.

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