Staff Profiles

GaryGary Phillips – Owner, Tax Preparer & Business Consultant

Gary started Phillips Tax and Business Services in 1986 with his previous experience of being a Loan Officer, Corporate Credit Manager and a Corporate Controller of firms in the Grand Island area.

Gary was born, raised and educated in the mid Nebraska area, allowing him to be very familiar with the challenges we face here and the strategies that work best for our clients.

Gary has emphasized his training and education in the area of small business. He has owned and operated other businesses in the past, and with that experience comes a vast knowledge of many areas that are resourceful to the small business owner. Please use the “Services” tab to see some of the fields that Gary can provide specialized assistance in.




emilyEmily Frew – Business Account Manager

Emily joined our team in 2016. She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in Accounting and has previous work experience in the areas of finance, sales tax processing and small business management. She handles all aspects of day to day business transactions for many of our clients.

Emily is also available to provide QuickBooks support to any clients needing assistance with set up, or even if you have just a simple question. Feel free to contact her at any time regarding these services.




Stephanie Prater – Operations and Marketing Coordinator

Stephanie joined our team in 2018. She comes to us with previous experience in: Human Resources, Small Business Management, Customer Service, and Marketing. She graduated from National University in La Jolla California with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She handles payroll and record keeping for many of our clients.

Stephanie is also available to answer questions on how to properly fill out I-9 paperwork and other Human Resource questions you might have for your small business.




Marcy Thompson – CFO of Client Accounts

Marcy joined our Team in 2020. She founded her own bookkeeping business, Exact Figures, in 2014. She started Exact Figures Bookkeeping because she wanted to help small businesses be successful. Marcy graduated from Bellevue University with a Bachelor degree in Business with an emphasis in accounting. She has worked in the bookkeeping/accounting field for over 10 years. Marcy is also a Quickbooks Pro-Advisor and trainer.





BETH 2Beth Stecker – Project Support

Beth has been an integral part of the Phillips Tax and Business Services starting in 2015. Before joining us, she served as Regional Sales Manager for a large printing company. Beth also has over 35 years of experience in bookkeeping and office management.

If you’re looking to start up your own small business, consider giving Beth a call. Her education and training has allowed her to help many small business owners by providing start-up consulting advice, especially in the areas of organization, sales and marketing.




Jaryn Elders – Business Account Manager

Jaryn joined our team in 2020. She has previous experience working as the office and accounts manager for Exact Figures since 2018.She went to Central Community College for two years where she got her bookkeeping certificate. She has over 5 years of customer service experience. She brings creativity and innovation to the Phillips Tax Clientele.





Susan New – Tax Preparer

Susan has worked with the Phillips Tax and Business Services team as a Tax Preparer in areas of both personal and business taxes. Susan has over 6 years of experience in the preparations of income taxes as well as 10 years in the bank industry. She also has been a licensed realtor for over 15 years and is a member of the Grand Island Board of Realtors and a member of the National Association of Realtors.






Rocio Esoarza – Tax Preparer

Rocio partnered with us in 2018. She specializes in both business and individual income taxes. She offers our clients bilingual service, which helps us be able to better provide tax preparation services to our community. she has an Associates Degree in Business Administration and is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at Doane University. She is a managing partner at Esparza & Associates and also owns a business with her husband. Rocio is also a volunteer at the Literacy Council of Grand Island, the Grand Island Children’s Museum, and a member of the Student Advisory Board.


Catey Sack – Consultant

Catey joined us in 2012 . She received her degree in Accounting from Doane College. She has previous work experience in accounts payable and sales tax processing. Catey also provides on-site QuickBooks and accounting training for small businesses.






Deb Phillips 
Deb has been with us at Phillips Tax and Business Services since 2010. Her main duties are collating tax

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