The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 22, 2014

FYI for 2/23/14


Enid News & Eagle

BKD named in Top 125 of training programs



BKD has been named to Training Magazine’s annual Training Top 125, which ranks companies based on the excellence of their training and development programs.

BKD — the only CPA and advisory firm on this year’s list — was among thousands of applicants vying for a spot on the prestigious list. BKD ranked 89th and was one of 27 organizations to make an initial appearance on the 2014 list. Firm representatives accepted the Top 125 award at Training’s Golden Gala in San Diego on Feb. 3.

“BKD is honored to be among these top-tier training organizations,” said Todd Lisle, an Enid native and managing partner of BKD’s Oklahoma offices. “Our firm is committed to lifelong learning, and we strongly believe that investing in our professionals’ technical expertise and leadership development skills enhances their career opportunities and allows them to better serve our clients.”

Now in its 14th year, the Training Top 125 is based on myriad benchmarking statistics, such as total training budget, percentage of payroll, number of training hours per employee program, hours of training per employee annually and detailed formal programs, as well as goals, evaluation and work place surveys. The ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, scope of development programs and how closely those efforts are linked to business goals and objectives.

BKD, LLP is a national CPA and advisory firm.

Maxwell named Northcutt Associate of the Month



Derek Maxwell has been named Associate of the Month for January at Northcutt Chevrolet Buick Toyota.

Maxwell has been employed for five years and plays a crucial role behind the scenes fulfilling tasked that often are overlooked, according to dealership officials.

He has helped service out in the last few months, and is dedicated to the company’s goal of 100 percent customer satisfaction, dealership officials said.



Northwest Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors sponsoring Autry courses



The Northwest Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors are sponsoring continuing education on Tuesday at Autry Technology Center in Enid. There will be eight hours of CE, including two hours of Ethics and one hour of Legislative Update by Buddy Combs of the Oklahoma Insurance Department.

The cost is $85 for eight hours. Northwest Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors members are free. Members of other state local associations are asked to pay $40. Call Annette Lillie at 242-2488 or Joe Duarte at 242-4549 for registration.