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Tax & Business Services Team

Ryan Fair (CPA, CFP®)

Tax Advisor

Ryan joined Korhorn Financial Group in 2001 as an intern while attending Indiana State University.  He received his bachelor of science in Finance in 2003 and joined KFG with plans of becoming a financial advisor.  While studying for his Certified Financial Planner designation, he enjoyed the tax planning material best.  After obtaining the CFP® designation in 2005, he switched over to the tax and accounting part of KFG later that year.  He has since then also obtained his CPA designation.  He currently leads the Tax and Accounting department at KFG and is a member of the Executive Team. 

So what does this “tax man” do in his spare time? Ryan enjoys spending as much time as he can with his wife Elin and two daughters, Jenna and Reese.  For additional fun, he is an avid collector of antique advertising items, primarily related to old gas stations.  He has many different signs, oil cans, gas pumps, and always looks for that next great piece!


Scott Anson (CPA)

Tax Advisor

Scott has been with Korhorn Financial Group since 2002. He met Kevin through mutual friends in 1998 and after working for another CPA for three and a half years, Kevin asked Scott to join his team at KFG. Scott enjoys working with our clients on individual tax returns, but also works closely with many of our small business clients, serving their accounting and tax return needs. Scott and Becky have been married since 1995 and are proud parents to Ben & Bailey. When not at work, Scott keeps busy as a board member at the Edwardsburg Sports Complex, volunteering at church, attending his children’s various sporting events or hanging out by the pool whenever they are at home. Scott received his bachelor of arts degree in General Business from Loras College in 1989 and later went back to school and passed his CPA exam in 1998 and became licensed in 2002.


Tara Perkins

Staff Accountant / QuickBook ProAdvisor

In 2006, KFG enlarged the Tax and Business department. A family member and friend of KFG, who knows that Tara shares KFG’s core values of serving God and helping clients, suggested that her 20-year part-time experience with tax prep and QuickBooks accounting might be a good fit with KFG. The last of her four homeschooled children were on their way to other projects and she was available for full-time employment.

Tara’s main focus at KFG is internal accounting for all KFG departments. She serves other clients with accounting and reviews, in addition to helping on the tax team. She maintains her QuickBooks ProAdvisor status and tax prep readiness through regular training and certification testing.

Since Tara and her husband, Wayne, are long-time Niles residents, she is delighted to serve at the KFG Niles location. Tara and Wayne enjoy weekend cookouts with friends and family. She volunteers as a Sunday School teacher at their church, in addition to serving at the local Senior Center each spring. Reading has always been Tara’s relaxation activity – albeit, much of that reading is done via electronic books now. Her favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice, the long version of course. Tara tells folks that she wouldn’t have imagined that an employer like KFG existed and that God provided this opportunity for her.


Judie Ruffner

Staff Accountant

Judie worked as the secretary at her church for 5 ½ years until she realized how much she missed working in the payroll and accounting field. After speaking with her previous boss from a local accounting firm, she was introduced to Kevin Korhorn and joined the team here in January 2006. After spending 8 ½ years doing payroll processing, Judie has moved into full time Accounts Payable and Account Processing for business owners. She loves working one on one with the clients to help them with their accounting needs. When she isn’t working, she stays very busy with her husband, three grown children and their growing families as well as her church family. Her hobbies are crocheting and scrapbooking and her newest hobby is quilting.


Lisa Smothermon

Staff Accountant

After working in the banking industry for 7 years, God led Lisa to KFG at year-end in 2013. Lisa is a staff accountant and focuses on business processing along with QuickBooks consulting. Lisa is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and certified in 2017, 2016, and 2015 QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Online, and QuickBooks Enterprise. Lisa is also in the middle of working on her Certified Public Bookkeeper license. Lisa absolutely loves what she does and feels satisfaction in knowing that she can help small business owners understand their QuickBooks and their finances. In her free time, Lisa enjoys making memories with her husband since 2007 and their two boys, Jack and Carson.


Tom Fautz

Payroll Accountant

Tom joined the KFG team in December of 2014. He helps to carry out our mission and serve our clients by taking care of their payroll needs. This includes everything from processing live payrolls to preparing the necessary tax-filings to issuing W-2’s at the end of the year. As a hobby, Tom enjoys collecting old video games. In his free time, you might find him in the yard or participating in some church activities. Tom graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University in 2014.


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