Oklahoma State University’s School of Accounting will induct four distinguished alumni into the Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and honor a Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni recipient during the 2016 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on April 22 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.
This year’s honorees are:
• John Fiebig, 1987 OSU School of Accounting graduate, is the Deputy Director of Inspections for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and is the leader of the Global Network Firm Program.
• Dee Niles, who earned bachelor’s degrees in marketing and accounting from OSU, retired from KPMG after a lengthy career and is now Associate Vice President of Finance for the OSU Foundation.
• Larry Walther, who earned his doctoral degree in accounting in 1980 from OSU, is the EY Professor of Accounting and head of the School of Accountancy at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. He also serves at Acting Dean.
• Shane Wharton, 1990 OSU School of Accounting graduate, is Executive Vice President of Accounting and Administration for Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, Inc.
• Lindsey Callery, who earned her master’s degree in taxation in 2006 from the School of Accounting and is now employed as a tax manager with HoganTaylor, will be honored as the Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni recipient.
Robert Cornell, the head of the School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business, is proud to recognize the four Hall of Fame honorees and the BAP Distinguished Alumni recipient at this year’s banquet.
“We are again delighted to honor four outstanding School of Accounting graduates at this year’s Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet,” Cornell said. “These alumni exemplify leadership in public accounting, private industry, and public service. Each of these individuals represents the highest levels of professional excellence in their respective fields and we are pleased to have the opportunity to recognize their accomplishments.”
John Fiebig is responsible for overseeing the inspections of the six largest domestic registered accounting firms and their non-U.S. affiliates as the Deputy Director of Inspections in charge of the Global Network Firm Program for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. While at the PCAOB, he has been responsible for People Matters for the Inspections Division and has been the regional leader for the Dallas, Houston, and Denver offices of the PCAOB.
Fiebig also led the consultation function for the Global Network Firm Program. He has been both the Global Team Leader and U.S. Team Leader for the inspections of one of the global network firms. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of the inspection process. He has also led inspections of non-affiliated and international firms.
Prior to joining the PCAOB, he was a partner with Ernst and Young in its assurance practice. Fiebig began his career at Arthur Andersen in its Oklahoma City office, where he worked for 15 years.
He and his wife, Nancy, are both 1987 OSU graduates. They currently reside in Southlake, Texas. They have three children – Jack, Chris, and Katie, who is a freshman at OSU.
Dee Niles joined the OSU Foundation in May 2015 as the Associate Vice President of Finance. After graduating from Perry High School, she followed the family tradition and attended OSU, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing (1985) and a bachelor’s in accounting (1989).
Niles started her 24-year career with KPMG LLP in January 1990 as an assistant accountant and progressed to being accepted into the partnership in 2005. The majority of her career, she focused on not-for-profit, higher education, and governmental accounting. Along with being an audit partner, Dee also had the opportunity to provide advisory services such as performance improvement management, organizational reviews, implementation of accounting standards, and cost analysis for some of her clients.
During her time with KPMG, she served as the Higher Education and Not-for-Profit Industry leader for the Southwest area, National Instructor for technical training courses, and recruiting partner for OSU. In January 2014, she retired from the firm to spend time traveling and relaxing.
Niles is a strong supporter of her community and has served the following positions: board member of Oklahoma County Medical Society Foundation, OKC Festival of the Arts Sales Tents co-chair, former United Way of Central Oklahoma Community Investment Committee chair and board member, and Leadership Oklahoma City, Class XXII.
Larry Walther earned his doctoral degree from the OSU School of Accounting in 1980, and has public accounting experience with the audit firm of EY.
He has authored numerous books and articles on accounting, and Walther has served as director and/or consultant to a number of public and nonpublic companies. He is past president of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and served on the Accounting Accreditation Committee of the Association to Advance College Schools of Business (AACSB).
During his professional career, Walther has been actively involved in community service having served in both elected and appointed positions of impact. He has also been entrepreneurial, launching several small business, two of which were eventually sold to large public corporations.
Walther and his wife, Laurie live in Logan, Utah. She is also a graduate of OSU, having earned a master’s degree in tax, which served her well in her varied career, including time with EYU, the Trammell Crow family tax group, and as chief financial officer of a community bank holding company. They currently live in Logan, Utah.
Shane Wharton is a native of Oklahoma, growing up in a small farming community in western Oklahoma before enrolling at OSU in 1986. He completed work on his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1990 and began working in the audit division for KPMG Peat Marwick in Oklahoma City.
He stayed in the auditing profession with KPMG for four years before making a career change when he moved into industry as the controller for DataTimes, an on-line technology company in Oklahoma City. DataTimes was eventually sold and that was the catalyst from Wharton’s move to Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, Inc., in the fall of 1997.
Soon after joining Love’s, he was promoted to Director of Accounting and eventually to Vice President of Accounting. In his current position as Executive Director of Accounting and Administration, Wharton’s direct responsibilities includes oversight of accounting and financial reporting, as well as information technology. He is a member of the Love’s senior leadership team.
Wharton is involved in the community serving in various capacities with organizations over the years, including serving on the OSU School of Accounting Advisory Board for several years. He has also served on the boards of Youth Leadership Exchange, Oklahoma Science Museum (currently Vice Chair), and the Homeless Alliance.
United Way of Central Oklahoma is a group he has contributed to for over 15 years, and received the Ray Ackerman Leadership award in 2010 for his service to United Way. Wharton is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City (Class XXV). He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Oklahoma Society of CPAs.
Wharton and his wife, Lori, have two children, Alec (21) and Avery (18). Alec is a junior at OSU pursuing an accounting degree and Avery will begin her college career at OSU this fall. The Whartons reside in Edmond, Okla.
The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1979 to recognize OSU School of Accounting graduates who have achieved exceptional success in the profession of accounting, bringing recognition to Oklahoma State University and the School of Accounting. It is dedicated to Wilton T. Anderson, the founding father of the OSU School of Accounting. It is the highest honor the School of Accounting can bestow on an alumnus.
Lindsey Callery is the 2016 recipient of the Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni award. She is a tax manager at HoganTaylor in Tulsa. She originally joined the firm of Tullius Taylor Sartain & Sartain (which merged with Hogan Taylor in 2009) as a tax staff member. During the past nine years, she has focused on tax consulting and compliance, as well as personal finance and business planning.
A member of Tulsa’s Young Professionals, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Oklahoma Soceity of CPAs, Callery serves as a mentor to students through the Spears School’s mentoring program. She stays active through campus recruiting and interacting with students through the OSU Beta Alpha Psi program.
She and her husband, Keith, also an OSU graduate, have two sons (ages 7 and 2 months).
For more informaton or to purchase tickets to the Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet, visit the website: http://spears.okstate.edu/accounting/alumni/distinguished/banquet.