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Our Firm

Small enough to care. Big enough to serve.

When a firm's been around for more than 90 years, it must be doing a lot of things right. Like taking the time to understand every client’s business, and providing consistent high quality work to provide our clients with the most value for their dollar.  

That's the philosophy we were founded in the early 1930’s by Joseph Acre.  In 1959 the firm was purchased by Don Yerkes, Louis Michels, and Charlie Callahan and evolved to Yerkes & Michels, CPA in 1969.  10 years later J. Dan Carroll became a partner with Carmen Duroni and Randy Hoffman joining Dan 20 years later in 1999. In 2014, the firm’s ownership succession continued with the addition of Emily Vail as a partner.  Our firm’s beliefs have served us well - and we're proud that we still have relationships with many of the descendants of clients that were with us in the beginning. We think that says a lot about our partners, a lot about our firm, and a lot about the trust our clients have in us.  

Rather than expanding at every opportunity, we've intentionally stayed on the smaller side. This enables our core group of professionals offering unique expertise to intimately know you, your business, or your organization, and provide the kind of personalized service that comes from such a close relationship.  

We'd love to talk with you about how we can help you meet the challenges of today's increasingly complex environment. It could be the first step in a long and rewarding relationship.  

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Yerkes & Michels, CPA, LLC is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Yerkes & Michels, CPA, LLC receive competent and timely advice.



  • Yerkes & Michels, CPA, LLC
  • 208 E Laurel St
  • Independence, KS 67301
  • Telephone: (620) 331-4600
  • Fax: (620) 331-0612