Three alumni were recognized for their career accomplishments and outstanding service to the accounting and finance division of the Beacom School of Business, including the following.

John Barker | Sioux Falls, South Dakota | President and CEO, Elgethun Capital Management (ECM)

Barker graduated from USD in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance). While at USD, he was the captain of the Coyote football team and won a conference championship. He began his career at Pitney Bowes in Stamford, Connecticut, and went on to work as a research analyst at the Royal Bank of Scotland in New York. He later moved to Sioux Falls to partner with ECM founder Terry Elgethun. In 2012, he purchased the company and became president and CEO.

As an independent Registered Investment Advisory firm with over $1 billion in assets under management and advisement, ECM offers a comprehensive investment platform and family office services to business owners, mutigenerational families, and professionals. As the CEO, Barker oversees all aspects of the business including relationships, portfolio management and research. He is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation.

Today he serves as a Trustee and Board member at the USD Foundation and serves on the USD Foundation Investment Committee. Barker’s passions include his faith and church, Central Church, where he serves as a trustee and elder, his family, engaging in community opportunities, reading, learning, exercising, fishing, athletics and his work. He and his wife Jenna have three children, Bryn, Samuel and Grace.

Patrick Boehmer | Chicago, Illinois | Partner (retired), KPMG LLP

Patrick Boehmer earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the USD in 1984. He is originally from Faulkton, South Dakota, and graduated from Brandon Valley High School. He started his career in the Audit Practice of KPMG LLP (formerly Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, and Co.) in Minneapolis and was elected to the partnership in 1994. Boehmer also worked in KPMG’s Boston office. In 2002, he was promoted to lead KPMG’s Investment Management Practice in Chicago and was instrumental in its growth to one of the largest KPMG practice units in the country.

During his 37-year career at KPMG, Boehmer served as lead partner of SEC review partner for many of the firm’s largest global investment management clients. In addition to client and local leadership responsibilities, Boehmer was active in U.S. business development, technical oversight and training during his career.
Boehmer retired from KPMG in 2020 and now enjoys spending time in Chicago, Illinois, and Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife Ruth, their three children (and spouses) and three grandchildren. He continues to be involved in non-profit activities in Chicago and enjoys participating in the Beacom School of Business student mentorship program.

Brandee Schultz | Omaha, Nebraska | Audit & Assurance Managing Director, Deloitte & Touche, LLP

Brandee Schultz is an Audit & Assurance Managing Director at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, primarily serving in the financial services industry. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from USD in December 1994, she started with Deloitte in January 1995 after being hired through on-campus interviews at USD. In addition to client service responsibilities, Schultz is the deputy industry professional practice director—banking for the Deloitte U.S. firm. She is also the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader for the Minneapolis Group, which includes the Omaha, Minneapolis, Des Moines and St. Louis offices.

Schultz’s husband of 28 years, Greg, is also a graduate of USD, and they have four daughters (Taylor, Abigail, Erin and Brooklyn). Schultz is passionate about mentoring and teaching professionals in the accounting field, providing guidance not only from a technical perspective but also from a personal perspective, including finding a balance between having a successful career and raising a family. Schultz also volunteers her time to various organizations including the USD Foundation board of directors and finance committee, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands board of directors and inclusion committee, and the Institute for Career Advancement Needs advisory committee.

The following students received top performance awards.

  • Logan Bunkers
  • Davia Kellen
  • Zachary Lemon
  • Andy Malaterre
  • Allison Moerke
  • Drue Pieper
  • Zane Rankin
  • Michaela Rotert
  • Christian Schoppert
  • Madison Weber
  • Madilyn Wright
  • Abigail Boysen
  • Meghan Brunsing
  • Clarissa Fernandez
  • Ryan Johnson
  • Trey LaCanne
  • Isaac McCormick
  • Hanna Neesen
  • Morgan Roberts
  • Trey Peterson
  • Sierra Schauff
  • Chase Voxland
  • Matthew Wagenaar
  • Muhammad Danish Aheed
  • Megan Bierschbach
  • Kade Boltjes
  • Ashley Carey
  • Marissa Cliff
  • Carissa Doran
  • Carter Karst
  • William Leyland
  • Analese Martinez
  • Audrey Paulson
  • Anton Pratsenko
  • Elizabeth Rounds
  • Jacob Solano
  • Rachel Stuckenbroker
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