We were founded in 2002 by Kelly Davis, a successful CPA and former CFO, to be a place where entrepreneurs could receive financial and operational counsel by someone who had worked in the trenches, who could truly empathize with business owners, and who could help clients plan and strategize. With Doug’s acquisition of the firm, this provides greater capacity in all areas. Kelly and Doug’s industry experience and extensive work as a CPA contribute to our unique ability to offer practical, real-world, relevant advice.
Doug's work as a CPA began nearly 30 years ago. He spent the first 10 years of his career working in public accounting firms, both large and small, and made the decision to leave public accounting when he was offered the position of CFO for a regional technology solution provider, which gave him the opportunity to practice his passion - working with a small business to use finance and accounting to enable their growth. Following his work at the technology firm, Doug took on the challenge of a similar position at a much larger global product testing and safety company. While he relished the growth opportunities this position provided him, he realized he missed his true passion. In late 2015 Doug decided to establish his own CPA practice which eventually led to his acquisition of Kelly T Davis, CPA, PA in November 2016.
Doug graduated from Baylor University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance. He is both a CPA and CGMA and is licensed in the state of Kansas. He is a member of the AICPA as well as the Kansas Society of CPAs. Doug is engaged with several ministries in Kansas City, but one of his favorite involvements is leading an annual trip to Haiti through The Global Orphan Project. Doug has been married for 28 years and has 5 children, which generally keeps him busy on evenings and weekends either coaching or watching one of his kids in sports, but he can sometimes be found relaxing at the lake with his family.
Kelly has been a successful CPA for over 30 years. He graduated from Western Carolina University in 1980. He then remained in the Carolinas serving as a tax partner of a successful local CPA firm. Several years later, a client specially selected him to become their Chief Financial Officer, a position in which Kelly played an instrumental role in building a successful mail order and publishing business. During his tenure, Kelly helped grow the company’s revenues from being measured in thousands to being measured in the millions. He followed that success by starting and growing a separate Internet service provider business. Later in 1998 he started doing Accounting work in Kansas and Missouri.
Kelly earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Kansas and Missouri. A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Kelly is active in The Knights of Columbus and numerous organizations at St. Michael the Archangel Parish and enjoys camping, hunting, and fishing. His favorite past time is spending quality time with his wife and family.
Mike joined the firm in 2013. He attended Rockhurst University majoring in finance and has been in accounting for the past decade. Mike assists our team in preparing personal, partnership, and corporate tax returns. In the past, Mike was also a home-builder owning his own business and having to deal with managing contractors and bankers. This experience assists Mike in having a thorough understanding of what our clients / business-owners go through on a day-to-day basis. It is with this unique insight that Mike brings the experience that is needed to look at tax and accounting work in such a way as to determine the best possible outcome for our clients.
When not in the office, you can find Mike fishing and camping with his family or just scooting around town on his Harley Davidson sportster motorcycle.
Camille joined the firm in 2008. She serves as the office manager, applying thoughtfulness and determination to solve all challenges that cross her path. Clients and prospects connecting with the firm’s main telephone line can depend on her pleasant and professional demeanor along with her service commitment as they work with her as a point of initial contact. Camille manages all of the administrative functions while embodying the character attributes that define the company.
Camille earned her degree in business administration from Montclair State College. She began her professional career in the banking industry, focusing on residential mortgage and commercial lending. After raising her family, she spent the next 20 years in the construction industry, specializing in contracts and accounting. Outside the office, Camille enjoys travel, antiquing, decorating and spending time with her family.
Business Development Director
Debbie earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Mars Hill University. As the firm's Business Development Director, Debbie has numerous years of experience in sales, marketing and public relations and has worked for both small and large businesses. Most recently she has been employed by the largest senior housing company in the United States as the Sales and Marketing Manager/Business Development for Healthcare at their Raymore, Missouri location.
She is an Ambassador for the American Heart Association and
a member of numerous networking and community organizations.
In her spare time she enjoys traveling, gardening and spending time with her family.
As Doug’s wife and the mom of five children, Natalie primarily sees herself as a wife and mom, but when her oldest child headed to college she started working as an independent bookkeeper. This work has allowed her to utilize her education, past work experience, and desire to serve others.
After earning her bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Baylor University, Natalie began her career with Andersen Consulting. She then spent ten years working for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. During her years as a full-time stay-at-home-mom, she maintained leadership roles in groups such as Mothers of Preschoolers and was active in a variety of volunteer positions at her kids’ schools. Presently Natalie spends most of her volunteer hours serving with the International Wives Connection, a part of the International Students Incorporated organization.
Natalie’s role in the firm varies from bookkeeping to financial analysis and will continue to evolve over time. She looks forward to meeting current and prospective clients in the future.
Susan joined the firm in 2016. She has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Before coming to work for Douglas Freeman, CPA, LLC, Susan’s background included accounting in the IT and engineering industries. She has worked with small and large companies in the management of different financial facets of their business. Susan is looking forward to using her expertise and being a valuable resource for clients.
At home, Susan cherishes quality time with her two boys and husband. Many days throughout the year you will find her cheering for her boys at their soccer games, basketball games, and cross country meets. She also loves attending Sporting KC games, reading, photography, and cooking.