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Jimmy Leonard

Co-Owner and Partner

Jimmy has been assisting companies with business incentive, sales/use tax, and property tax solutions for nearly 20 years. Prior to co-founding Advantous, he held dual leadership roles at KPMG as the Southwest Region Strategic Relocation and Expansion Service Practice Leader and KPMG’s Louisiana State and Local Tax Practice Leader. Prior to joining the KPMG team, Jimmy was the Executive Vice President of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority in charge of all business recruitment efforts. Jimmy has spent his entire professional career helping new and expanding businesses enter or expand into the Louisiana market successfully and reach their project’s financial goals.

Jimmy oversees the technical and strategic aspects of the design and delivery of all business incentive, tax credit, sales/use tax, and property tax projects. Jimmy has a bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College and a Masters of Business Administration from Louisiana State University.

Jason DeCuir

Co-Owner and Partner

Jason, a national expert in the field of state and local tax policy, has been practicing in this arena for over 20 years. Jason has been representing businesses across all industry sectors related to complex tax matters and he is also one of the state’s foremost policy experts within the walls of the State Capitol, advocating for sound tax policy ideas and reforms. Prior to joining Advantous as co-owner and partner, Jason represented industry sectors nationally in the areas of tax dispute, public policy, regulatory and legislative affairs. He began his career practicing as a tax attorney and spent three years at the Louisiana Department of Revenue as a gubernatorial appointee, where he spearheaded tax reform efforts and was responsible for the Office of Legal Affairs, Policy and Legislative Services and the Criminal Investigation Division.

Jason heads the governmental affairs and relations services and oversees business development. Jason holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University, a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University, a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and a Master of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

Jay Robichaux

Business Development Manager

Jay joined Advantous in 2018 and focuses on identifying business incentive, sales/use tax, property tax, and federal tax credit opportunities for clients and potential clients. Jay has over 20 years in sales/marketing and government relations experience. He assists the firm in working with governmental entities and the economic development community. Jay is a graduate of Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies.

Keri Hart

Senior Manager

Keri joined Advantous in 2006 and is a senior member of our Louisiana Business Incentives delivery team. She is responsible for the technical and supervisory aspects of business incentives projects. She has proficiency and broad experience in dealing with the Louisiana Enterprise Zone Program, Louisiana Quality Jobs Program, Restoration Tax Abatement Program, and the Industrial Property Tax Exemption Program. Keri is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

Kim Wallett

Senior Manager

Kim joined Advantous in 2006 and is a senior member of our Louisiana Business Incentives delivery team. She is responsible for assisting with the technical and supervisory aspects of business incentives projects. She is a primary resource for federal tax credits, the Louisiana Quality Jobs Program, the Louisiana Enterprise Zone Program, and the Industrial Property Tax Exemption Program projects. Kim is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Trade and Finance.

Reuben Rangel

Senior Manager

Reuben joined Advantous in 2007 and is a senior member of our Louisiana Business Incentives delivery team. He is responsible for assisting with the technical and supervisory aspects of business incentives projects. He has exemplary knowledge of the Louisiana Quality Jobs Program, Industrial Property Tax Exemption Program, Restoration Tax Abatement Program, Digital Interactive Media and Software Tax Credit Program, and the Enterprise Zone Program. Reuben is a graduate of Louisiana State University and later obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from LSU.

Geoff Campbell

Senior Manager

Geoff joined Advantous in 2013 and specializes in assisting clients with Louisiana sales/use tax research, sales/use tax audit defense, and sales/use tax refund projects. Geoff has fifteen years of experience in the sales/use tax field, including over six years of experience as an auditor for the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge and over eight years of experience as the manager of nationwide sales/use tax planning, compliance, and audit defense for The Shaw Group Inc., which was (prior to its acquisition by Chicago Bridge & Iron in February 2013) a Fortune 500 global engineering, procurement, and construction firm. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and is a licensed CPA.

Kristian A. Gerrets

Senior Manager

Kristian A. Gerrets has joined Advantous Consulting, LLC as a Senior Manager in its Sales/Use Tax Practice. Kristian brings over 15 years of experience specializing in state and local tax matters including, sales/use tax, business incentives, tax credits, and property tax. Kristian’s professional background includes time spent as a Manager in the Big 4 accounting industry and as a State and Local Tax Practice Leader for a regional accounting firm. He is a graduate of Tulane University and holds a law degree from Loyola University School of Law.

Andrew Black

Manager

Andrew joined Advantous in 2018 and specializes in assisting clients with Louisiana sales/use tax research, sales/use tax audit defense, and sales/use tax refund projects. Andrew has eight years of experience in the sales/use tax field, including over four years of experience as a parish sales/use tax auditor, and four years of experience as a tax accountant for nationwide sales/use tax planning, compliance, and audit defense for The Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, a Fortune 500 global engineering, procurement, and construction firm. He is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Jamie Schaefer

Manager

Jamie joined Advantous in 2013 and assists with the technical and supervisory aspects of sales/use tax projects. She specializes in sales/use tax research and sales/use tax refund projects for the healthcare industry. Jamie is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Meghann Neel

Operations Manager

Meghann joined Advantous in July of 2020 and is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the firm, the administrative support staff, process implementation, and special events. Meghann brings eight years of experience from a global tax services firm, ranging from Sales & Use Tax consulting to Advocacy Services. Her background also includes corporate sales training and corporate event planning. Meghann attended Louisiana State University, majoring in Mass Communications, and graduated from Our Lady of the Lake College with a Bachelor of Science in Health Service Administration.

Miranda Brown

Senior Associate

Miranda joined Advantous in 2014 and assists with the technical and supervisory aspects of business incentives, sales/use tax, and Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program projects. Miranda is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Kortney Sonnier

Senior Associate

Kortney originally joined Advantous in 2009 and assists with the technical and supervisory aspects of sales/use tax and business incentives projects. Kortney is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Daniel Collins

Senior Associate

Daniel joined Advantous in 2016 and assists with the technical and supervisory aspects of sales/use tax and business incentives projects. Daniel is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance.

Sara Bell

Senior Associate

Sara joined Advantous in 2014 and assists with the technical and supervisory aspects of sales/use tax and business incentives projects. Sara is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Hannah Kenney

Associate

Hannah joined Advantous in 2019 and assists with technical and supervisory aspects of sales/ use tax and business incentives projects. Hannah is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business with a Minor in Investments.

Cecilia Palli

Associate

Cecilia joined Advantous in 2017 and assists with the technical and supervisory aspects of sales/use tax projects. Cecilia is a graduate of the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Victoria Cavalier

Associate

Victoria joined Advantous in 2018 and assists with technical and supervisory aspects of sales/use tax projects. Victoria is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Brennan Bailey

Associate

Brennan joined Advantous in 2020 and assists with technical and supervisory aspects of sales/use tax projects. 

Frances Dodson

Project Coordinator

Frances joined Advantous in 2006 and is an important member of our team who assists with the organization and monitoring of all projects. Frances holds an Associate degree in Business Administration from Spencer-Draughon Business College.

Jeni Evans

Project Assistant / Document Control Specialist

Jeni joined the Advantous team in 2011 and is responsible for creating, revising, processing, and tracking all correspondence. As a document control specialist, Jeni manages both the electronic and written files. Jeni attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Savannah Kirk

Public Relations / Marketing Specialist

Savannah joined Advantous in 2020 and is responsible for all external content, design and social media. Savannah is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Communication.

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