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Three Honored for “Bridging the Gap” at Boomer Technology Circles™ Summit

Kansas City, MO – August 16, 2022 Three individuals took home “Bridging the Gap” awards after being honored on August 16 by Boomer Consulting, Inc. during the 2022 Boomer Technology Circles™ Summit in Kansas City, Missouri. These awards honor firms and individuals within the accounting profession that excel in aligning technology and firm management.

Bill Dunton, Abacus CPAs

Bill Dunton, Managing Partner at Abacus CPAs, was presented with the 2022 Bridging the Gap Innovative Project Award. This award is presented to a firm that is constantly striving to innovate — not only to bring their firm forward but also to bring the profession as a whole forward.

A simple comment, “I wish we had a pizza app to help our clients and the firm improve communication and efficiencies,” kicked off a journey toward making this wish a reality. By staying true to the firm’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, they made “The Abacus App” a reality in 2022. This app allows tax clients to upload documents, contact Abacus team members, and get real-time updates on where their returns are within the firm’s process.

Abacus CPAs believe their employees and clients deserve to interact in an environment that fosters growth, trust, and confidence. The firm has offices in Springfield, Lee’s Summit, Branson, and Molivar, Missouri and can be found on the web at

Brian Davis, Jackson Thornton

Brian Davis, Chief Information Officer at Jackson Thornton, was presented with the 2022 Bridging the Gap Outstanding Technology Leadership Award.

Davis works hard to stay ahead of current technology trends and ensure his firm is in a position of technological strength while striving to bridge the gap between IT and firm management. As a member of both the Boomer CIO Circle and the Boomer Technology Circles, he is also a leader among his peers.

Jackson Thornton ( is a certified public accounting and consulting firm with more than 200 professionals and associates in offices across Alabama and Tennessee. Over more than a century, the firm has evolved and expanded to provide more of what businesses need, including strategic planning, consulting, and wealth management.

Joshua Kirk, Smith + Howard CPAs and Advisors

Joshua Kirk, Chief Technology Officer at Smith + Howard CPAs and Advisors, accepted the 2022 Bridging the Gap Contributor of the Year award. A contributor is someone who listens, communicates, and brings value to their community and peers. As a member of the Boomer Technology Circles, Kirk creates a collaborative contribution at every peer meeting he attends. He is open, honest, and a truly valued contributor to our peer communities.

Smith + Howard ( is a tax, accounting, and advisory firm headquartered in Atlanta with a national reach and a reputation for doing more than expected. Its enterprising advisors relish analyzing problems and crafting strategies that see where clients are now and help take them where they want to go.

“These awards honor leaders in the accounting profession who have the foresight to link firm management and technology,” said Sandra Wiley, President of Boomer Consulting, Inc. “It’s an honor to be able to recognize some of the brightest and most influential people in accounting.”

The winners were chosen from nominations submitted by around 100 eligible firms that are members of the Boomer Technology Circles™.

About Boomer Consulting, Inc.

Boomer Consulting, Inc. provides consulting services to hundreds of the highest performing CPA firms. Their unique and powerful solutions target five areas critical to a firm’s success: Leadership, Talent, Technology, Process and Growth. For more information, visit


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