Who We Are


Our firm believes in empowering individuals, as well as small to medium-sized companies, to succeed in their business pursuits.

We do this by offering a wide range of accounting services, from tax filing to in-depth financial planning.


Mike Collett


Managing Partner, Founder

Mike has been with The Accounting Guys since the beginning. He received a Master of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University with a minor in information systems. He works mainly with small businesses and individuals with tax preparation and financial statements. He enjoys the outdoors, rec-league softball, and spending time with his wife and three children.



Managing Partner, Founder

Ken has been a certified public accountant since the summer of 1998, just a year after he graduated from Brigham Young University with his Master of Accountancy degree. In 2006, Ken started The Accounting Guys. Ken specializes in tax and accounting for small to medium sized businesses, as well as governmental audits, financial consulting, and fraud examination. Ken’s favorite hobbies are camping, boating, and spending time with his wife and four beautiful children.



Phillip received bachelor’s degrees in accounting and economics through Utah State University, and his Master of Accounting from Western Governors University. He was married in October of 2014. He and his wife, Erin, reside in Spanish Fork along with their daughter. He is a competitive ultimate frisbee player and played for USU during his time there.

Brett Smith



Brett joined The Accounting Guys as a Senior Accountant in October 2015. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah Valley University and a Master of Accounting from Weber State University. He is a CPA with experience in the financial services industry, as well as corporate accounting and small business consulting. Outside the office, Brett is an avid sports fan, likes golfing, and enjoys spending time with his wife and five children.

Spencer Bates



Spencer graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He worked as a corporate accountant for three years before joining The Accounting Guys. During his time as a corporate accountant, he earned a Master of Science degree in information systems from the University of Utah. Spencer is a Microsoft Excel wizard and a master of database technology. He enjoys board games, woodworking, and spending time with his family.

Brian Lucas



Brian worked as a loan officer and branch manager in the banking industry for six years prior to joining The Accounting Guys team at the start of 2018. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Western Governors University and is currently working towards his master’s in accounting. Brian enjoys getting to know the clients he works with and looks for ways to make processes more efficient for them. Outside of work, he enjoys playing the trumpet, watching movies, and spending time with his beautiful wife and two kids.

Dealership Specialists


Accounting Manager

Sarah is an aspiring CPA currently studying at Western Governors University. She has five years of experience in accounting and inventory management. In her free time Sarah enjoys longboarding, hiking, camping, and mountain biking.


Senior Accountant

Andrew graduated from Rowan University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He worked in New Jersey as a staff accountant at Inspira Health Network for four years. While working with The Accounting Guys, he plans on pursuing the CPA license. Andrew moved to Utah to adventure and learn how to snowboard and mountain bike. He enjoys spending time outdoors and loves playing soccer.


Senior Accountant

Erin graduated from Colorado State University-Global in 2019 with a Master of Professional Accountancy. She has experience in small business bookkeeping, as well as helping companies prepare financials for SEC filings. Erin is halfway through the CPA exams. Outside of work, she enjoys crafting, baking, music, and spending time with her family.


Senior Accountant

Robert graduated from Southern Utah University with a Master of Accountancy degree in 2018. He has two years of tax preparation experience and a year of bookkeeping experience. Robert is currently studying for the CPA exam. Outside of work he enjoys canyoneering, mountaineering, photography, and camping with his family.


Senior Accountant

Jerrad is a lifelong resident of Salt Lake County. He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in business, then transferred to Western Governors University, where he graduated with an MBA. He has worked almost exclusively with small businesses and understands the value a good set of books has for a business to make smart decisions. Outside of work you will probably find him fishing out on one of our beautiful local lakes.


Senior Accountant

Adam is a CPA with “Big Four” accounting experience in addition to serving high net-worth individuals and advisors in the wealth management space. Adam graduated from Brigham Young University with a master’s degree in accounting. Adam grew up in Utah and Idaho and lives in Orem with his wife and three kids. When it comes to entertainment, Adam’s tastes are eclectic, ranging from Taylor Swift to Tupac and The Bachelor/Bachelorette to Marcus Aurelius. Adam finds great satisfaction in his family, helping others achieve their goals, debits equaling credits, and tacos al pastor.


Staff Accountant


Staff Accountant

McKayd graduated from Utah Valley University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a minor in business management. While working for The Accounting Guys, he plans on getting his master’s degree in accounting, as well as his CPA license. McKayd lives in Payson with his wife and two kids. When not working, McKayd enjoys playing any sport, especially baseball, and doing anything outdoors.


Staff Accountant

Bryson graduated from Southern Utah University with a Master’s in Accounting with an emphasis in management. He enjoys helping clients see how they can better their business practices and finding novel ways to solve problems with emerging tech. When not working, you can find Bryson spending time playing board games with his family, hammocking in the mountains, trying new foods or reading a good book! Bryson’s favorite part about working at the Accounting Guys is getting to work with a down-to-earth, hardworking team and fantastic clients.


Staff Accountant


Staff Accountant

Joe graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and is currently planning on graduating with his master’s degree. He has management and bookkeeping experience in small business. In addition to spending every minute he can with his wife and two small children, he enjoys all things fiction, from movies to games and books.


Staff Accountant

Zach is currently working on a bachelor’s degree majoring in accounting with a minor in business management at Utah Valley University with plans to move on to a master’s of accounting and becoming a CPA. Outside of work and pursuing his education, He enjoys camping, swimming, and doing anything to relax.


Staff Accountant

Michael graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting with plans to work towards his master’s degree. He has two years of experience of bookkeeping and tax preparation. He enjoys spending his time with his wife and family, camping outdoors, and enjoying movies and games with family and friends.


Staff Accountant


Staff Accountant

QuickBooks Specialists

Denise Neilsen


Accounting Manager

Denise has worked in accounting for over twenty years. She works directly with a variety of clients to track and analyze their company’s financial information. She also has extensive experience working in QuickBooks. She manages the payroll department, where she oversees and personally runs multi-state payrolls and is responsible for payroll taxes and quarter- and year-end payroll reports. She is currently pursuing her MBA while working full-time. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in general psychology with a business management minor. She enjoys activities with her family, working around the house and yard, and boating.

Andrea Brooks


Payroll Specialist

Andrea joined The Accounting Guys in 2013, and has worked in the accounting field for over twenty years.  She works as our payroll specialist and helps a variety of clients set up and process their payrolls. She also helps with preparing and filing quarterly payroll reports and annual W-2s. She married her husband in April of 1996 and currently resides in Salem, Utah.  Her hobbies include teaching ballet and watching her girls compete and perform throughout the state. In her spare time, she loves spending every moment with her husband and four children.

David Timpson


Staff Accountant & Bookkeeper

David began his career working as a bookkeeper from the summer of 2002 to the end of 2008, before deciding to begin a new venture working as a loan processor from 2008 to 2013. David joined our team at The Accounting Guys in the fall of 2013 as our Junior Bookkeeper and has since worked his way to becoming our staff accountant. His hobbies and passion include singing and acting on the big stage, but he also enjoys his simple life living in Eagle Mountain with his wife and four children.


Staff Accountant

Sam came from a small farming town in Kansas to study Spanish and play rugby at BYU. Before discovering accounting as a profession, he worked in business development for cyber security and data backup.  When he isn’t in the office, he enjoys being with his family, attending church, building Legos, watching good movies, snorkeling among other water activities, trying new restaurants and new foods, growing fresh produce, playing spikeball, Ultimate Frisbee and Kickball, playing board games like Settlers of Catan, Risk, or Chess, playing night games, and just playing in general!


Senior Accountant

Ryan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah Valley University in 1998 and with an MBA from Utah State University in 2004. He has over 20 years of experience working with various small businesses in various industries to help with their accounting needs. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. They especially enjoy family vacations to Disneyland together.

Tax Specialists

Nathan Lythgoe


Senior Tax Accountant

Nathan graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He worked for two years in public accounting while earning his MBA at Utah Valley University. He joined The Accounting Guys in 2020 as part of the tax team. Nathan enjoys all things sports and spends his free time playing basketball, golf, softball, volleyball, and pickleball.


Tax Preparer



Senior Tax Accountant

Administrative Team


Administrative Manager

Aubrie has worked in administration and HR for fifteen years. She joined the team in 2019. She loves working with the clients and the great team at The Accounting Guys. When not working, she loves anything outdoors—especially backpacking and fishing. Aubrie also loves spending time with her family.

Casandra Goddard


Office Administrator

Casandra is an Office Administrator with fifteen years of combined experience in operations administration and bookkeeping.  Since joining the team in February 2020, she has enjoyed getting to know the clients and working with the wonderful staff.  Between working and spending time with her husband and four children, she enjoys crafts, sewing and reading. As a family they enjoy riding bikes, attending Mountain Man Rendezvous, and visiting Disneyland.


Office Administrator/Recruiter