Katherine Kirk Named Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Rising Star

Odessa, TX (July 17, 2023)

Whitley Penn Tax Partner, Katherine Kirk, has been named as a 2023 Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA) Rising Star. Kirk was honored at the TXCPA Awards Luncheon June 23rd.

The annual TXCPA Rising Star Award recognizes a TXCPA member at the age of 40 and under who has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and active involvement in TXCPA, the accounting profession, and his or her local communities.

Kirk has more than 17 years of tax experience as a third-generation tax Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She advises clients on entity formation and selection for best possible income tax savings while coordinating with legal advisors. Kirk also provides guidance on business structure, annual state and federal income tax, annual tax planning, and estate and inheritance planning. She helps guide clients to success through general business consulting to gain efficiencies and profitability through operations and financial reporting. She is experienced in merger and acquisition transactions for multiple industries including oil & gas service companies. Kirk primarily serves clients in the oil & gas service, energy, ranching, financial investing, professional service, retail, and healthcare industries. From forming a new business to selling an established business, Kirk advises business owners on their tax needs throughout transitions.

Kirk is a member of Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the 2018 class of Leadership Odessa. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Midland Odessa Business Estate Council (MOBEC) www.mobec.org. Additionally, she periodically speaks to local high school and college students on financial literacy skills to help them build a successful life, regardless of their career paths or plans.

Kirk received her BBA and MS in Accounting from Texas Tech University.

“Katherine’s growth serves as a shining example of how our young leaders skillfully balance their professional advancement with making a positive impact on their community. Her invaluable contribution to our Tax team makes her an indispensable asset, and I am overjoyed that the community recognizes and appreciates her exceptional qualities,” stated Steven Jeffcoat, Tax Partner and Permian Basin Market Leader.


The Texas Society of CPAs is the premier professional membership organizing for CPAs in Texas. Founded in 1915, the society empowers members to lead and succeed by promoting professional excellence, advocating on behalf of CPAs, and supporting a sense of community and connection among its members. TXCPA Permian Basin serves members in the Midland and Odessa areas and is committed to offering programs and services that advance the highest standards of ethics and practice with the CPA profession. For more information on the TXCPA, please visit www.tx.cpa/permian

About Whitley Penn, LLP

Whitley Penn, founded in 1983, is a full-service accounting firm with nine locations, and more than 800 employees delivering tax, audit, and consulting services across more than 20 industries, has consistently been recognized as “One the Top 100 Firms in the U.S.” and “Best of the Best” by INSIDE Public Accounting and other industry publications. We are a member of HLB International, a global network of independent advisory and accounting firms. For more information on Whitley Penn, please visit www.whitleypenn.com.



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