Business name: Bivins & Bunyak CPAs, PLLC |

Business name: Bivins & Bunyak CPAs, PLLC

Special to the DailyJ. Elbert Bivins IV, CPA is partner at Bivins & Bunyak CPAs, which provides tax planning and preparation services as well as audited, reviewed and compiled financial statements for businesses, individuals, business owners, not for profit organizations and homeowners associations.

Location: 150 Beaver Creek Blvd., Suite A205 Date opened: Nov. 1Owner: J. Elbert Bivins IV, CPA, partner in charge of Vail Valley and Jon BunyakContact info: 970-456-1040What goods or services do you provide?Bivins & Bunyak, CPAs PLLC is a full service CA firm providing tax planning and preparation services as well as audited, reviewed and compiled financial statements for businesses, individuals, business owners, not-for-profit organizations and homeowners associations. In addition to tax and financial statement services, we offer financial planning advice, business valuation, tax authority issue resolution, business strategy and consulting advice, cash flow analysis and budgeting procedures implementation.What’s new or exciting at your place?After three years in the Vail Valley, we are excited to announce the opening of an office in Avon to more conveniently serve the needs of our clients in Vail, Avon and Edwards as well as those who work up-valley. We are excited about the “busy” season as it’s a chance to really connect with all of our clients and new onesWhat strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition?We feel that what most people think they are looking for is a service when what they are really looking for is a relationship that will enable them to understand and make informed decisions about their life or business. We take great responsibility with our clients to be there for them year round keep in contact. We feel that reporting income is important, but not as important as being involved in decisions that affect it.What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? Our philosophy is based upon client needs, compliance requirements and opportunities for more help. For example, we take the opportunity to perform tax preparation service into an interview to understand you and your business: compliance with reporting requirements, identifying opportunities, and recommending positive changes. We pride ourselves on our interest in your goals, being proactive and available to help with anything that arises throughout the year. Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: Elbert grew up in Jackson, Miss., and studied accounting at Mississippi State University. After a couple of years of living in Nashville, Tenn., the opportunity came to finally move “out west.” After several years of living and working in Denver as a CPA and starting his own CPA firm, Elbert and his wife (a native Coloradoan) wanted to move to the Vail Valley to live, work and raise a family. Bivins & Bunyak CPAs PLLC was founded in August of 2010 with Jon Bunyak. Elbert and Jon’s expertise and business philosophy are compatible as they both worked for the same CPA firm in the past.What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? Surprisingly, CPA firms are not known for being hilarious places to work. The most humorous thing so far is that my 4-year-old son has decided that when grows up he want to run the Avon office, because it is close to the skiing. He is already in love with the lifestyle of the Vail Valley.

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