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“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” –Philippians 4:13


hannah hankey, CPA


Getting to know


hannah


Who is your current celebrity crush? Zac Efron


If you could be any superhero, who would you be? Superman! I’d love to be able to fly!


Do you have a favorite TV show? Law & Order SVU


What is your favorite hobby? Shooting sporting clays with my husband and Dad


What bugs you? People who chew loudly


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What was your first concert? Bowling for Soup


If you could have an endless supply of anything, what would it be? Chocolate chip cookies


Have you ever met anyone famous? I met Garth Brooks in Atwoods when I was a kid. My dad had to point out who he was because I didn’t recognize him in a ball cap and work clothes.


Te Booker T. Washington Community Center in Enid, Oklahoma, opened in 1982 to provide an after-school program, fitness and other facilities for the public and a summer program for students. However, in 2017, the summer program was cancelled. Needing new HVAC units, the center found Oklahoma’s merciless summer temperatures too hot to host more than 80 kids. Hannah Hankey, CPA, a senior associate II with BKD CPAs & Advisors in Enid, along with Leadership Greater Enid Class XXVII, decided to host a golf tournament to raise money to help the Booker T. Washington Community Center acquire the new HVAC units so it could continue helping the children in the community. “Our hopes were high that we would be able to raise the money, but the Enid Community was more passionate that we expected,” Hankey said. “Our initial goal was to raise $22,000 to pay for the units and the labor to install them. Trough the community’s support, we were able to raise over $31,000. Tis allowed us to have the units installed as well as hand the organization extra money to use to further their work in our community.” Te success of the fundraiser also earned Leadership Greater Enid Class XXVII a special recognition award from the Enid Chamber of Commerce. Furthering her commitment to her community, Hankey also serves as secretary for the Enid Women in Business and is a Finance Committee member and board member for Main Street Enid, Inc. Hankey also volunteers for Riverside Church of Christ and Lariat Creek Christian Camp, where she spends a week each summer as a camp counselor for high school girls to mentor them and encourage them in their faith. Te Oklahoma Christian University graduate also volunteers annually for the OSCPA’s CPA Day of Service and


pitches in wherever needed at work. Jarretta Huckins, CPA, a director for


BKD CPAs & Advisors in Enid, said, “Although she is part of our tax team, she enthusiastically pitches in to assist our accounting outsourcing department… She helps with our office training in setting up our continuing education sessions and coaches our new staff with hands on training as well as mentorship.” In addition to helping her community, Hankey takes great pride in being able to save clients money. “I had a client I was preparing a


return for who sold a large tract of land to a farming cooperative and was going to recognize a rather large gain on the sale,” Hankey explained. “Tis client’s deceased husband had purchased the land many years ago, and she had no idea what her basis could possibly be. I drafted the return without including an amount for her basis and was not satisfied with the outcome. After discussion about tax law and some research on her part, she was able to determine her basis. Tis ended up saving her hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes. When I told her the savings amount I thought she was going to jump through the phone and hug me right then and there! It is moments like these that make me love my job more and more each day.” It seems the feeling is mutual. Jon


Redelsperger, CPA, a partner with BKD CPAs & Advisors in Enid, said, “Hannah is very generous in her devotion to various charitable, professional and civic groups. Not only has this made a significant impact with each organization and its particular mission, but it also has furthered her reach and influence in our tight-knit community through an extended network. Hannah is an ideal standard bearer for the CPA profession, the OSCPA, BKD and the community.”


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