Michael W. Kiefer, CPA, CFE, CFF

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Partner
Phone 409-838-1605, Ext. 118

Certified Fraud Examiner Certified in Financial Forensics

Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Lamar University in 1991. While at Lamar, he was active in both Beta Alpha Psi honorary accounting organization and the Accounting Society.  He was honored as a member of the Blue Key Honor Society for balanced and all-around excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service, and was recognized by the University as an Outstanding Member of the Graduating Class.

During his last semester at Lamar, Michael worked as an intern at Wathen, DeShong assisting with tax returns and general accounting. Upon graduation, Michael was hired full time by the firm, and has been a Partner in the firm since 2003. He has extensive experience in auditing, financial statement preparation, not-for-profit accounting and taxation, estate and trust taxation, individual and corporate taxation (including multi-state taxation), as well as general accounting, client services and consulting.  In addition, he assists clients with reviewing and strengthening internal controls, fraud risk analysis, and fraud examinations. Michael earned his CPA license in 1992. In 2002, he became a Certified Fraud Examiner, and in 2009 he became Certified in Financial Forensics.

Michael is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Texas Society of CPAs, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  Currently, he is on the Executive Committee of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as an Advisory Director and the Vice Chairman of the Fiscal Affairs Committee. In addition, he volunteers his time as needed to assist with the tax and accounting needs of local Christian radio station, KLBT, 88.1 FM.  Previously, he participated in the Chamber’s Leadership Beaumont program, served as a Facilitator for the program, and was on the Leadership Beaumont Steering Committee.  Further, he has served as the treasurer of his church, as well as on the Stewardship and Finance committee, the Endowment Fund, and on the church Council.

Michael moved to Beaumont when he was just 1 ½ years old, and has lived here ever since. After a brief career in local law enforcement, Michael completed his accounting degree and started his career at Wathen, DeShong.  In 1992, he married the love of his life, Cyndy. Their beautiful daughter, Tabitha, attends Cathedral Christian School. Michael spends almost all of his time outside of work with family or at church. He enjoys reading about investing and business in general, and while he has been certified for over 20 years, never seems to find time for scuba diving.

Current firm areas of responsibility include:

  • Financial statement audits, reviews, and compilations
  • Not-for-profit taxation and accounting
  • Individual, corporate, partnership, and estate and trust taxation
  • Multistate taxation
  • Fraud examinations, risk analysis, litigation support, and expert witness
  • General accounting assistance, client services, and consulting
  • Financial statement and firm quality control