About the SMD Team

  • Sean M Duncan, CPA
    Sean M Duncan, CPA

    Owner/Founder

    Sean M Duncan, CPA

    Sean M Duncan, CPA

    Owner/Founder

    Sean built his reputation as a thought leader in the accounting industry by focusing on advising, teaching, and helping clients with proactive strategy and planning. CPAs across the United States possess so much valuable knowledge about business, finances, AND taxes; but all too often they shy away from sharing their wisdom in a timely and actionable manner. SMD Consulting & Accounting, LLC was founded on the steadfast belief that business owners and individuals want and need advice more than they need the preparation of a tax return. Over the last 25+ years, Sean has accumulated a diverse and unique set of credentials and knowledge that he shares through speaking at conferences & events, in private seminars, one on one with clients, and with his very talented team at SMD. Whether it’s through minimizing taxes, building wealth, protecting assets, providing legacy planning, advising on philanthropic ventures, or just mentoring a new accounting graduate; Sean’s passion revolves around helping others achieve success.
  • Ashley Fontenot
    Ashley Fontenot

    Director of Operations and People

    Ashley Fontenot

    Ashley Fontenot

    Director of Operations and People

    Ashley not only has an innate ability to identify opportunities for improvement, build teams, and enhance productivity within an organization, but where she really shines is in client service. Her passion for helping people and creating rapport with individuals from all walks of life cannot be overstated. Furthermore, she understands that SMD’s real purpose is helping others achieve success. As SMD continues to gain recognition across the United States for revolutionizing the accounting industry, our success will be due, in no small part, to Ashley’s ability to identify and implement successful strategies for our team and our clients.

  • Leslie Kirk
    Leslie Kirk

    Accounting Services Advisor

    Leslie Kirk

    Leslie Kirk

    Accounting Services Advisor

    Sergeant First Class Kirk (US Army Reserves) is passionate about helping SMD clients with setting up and managing their financial records in QuickBooks Online. As a QuickBooks certified professional, she really knows her way around the software as well as how it all ties together with payroll, sales tax, property tax, income tax, and even integrations with various specialized applications found in medical practices, real estate investment portfolios, and other small businesses. Whether you need someone to teach you how to use QuickBooks or someone to keep track of the monthly books for you, Leslie will be more than happy to help.

  • Joel Salas
    Joel Salas

    Business & Tax Consultant

    Joel Salas

    Joel Salas

    Business & Tax Consultant

    Joel joined SMD shortly after completing his Masters in Accounting at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. This Bronx born accountant has a deep love for personal finance and business development. Analyzing business and tax situations to find the optimal outcome for clients is just what he does, and that fits perfectly within the SMD culture. He spends his free time building home desktop PCs, researching Crypto techniques and strategies, or reviewing Broadway shows for the young readers of the TDF (Theater Development Fund) publication. Whether he’s helping a small business owner, medical professional, crypto investor, or real estate investor; Joel excels at supporting others with their business and tax needs.

  • Suzanne Palasek
    Suzanne Palasek

    Administrative Coordinator

    Suzanne Palasek

    Suzanne Palasek

    Administrative Coordinator

    With over twenty years of teaching experience, Suzanne is a perfect fit for her role as Administrative Coordinator. She multi-tasks in our fast-paced environment, uses her technical writing skills to create and facilitate training and onboarding for the team, as well as managing schedules. Creating strong client relationships is a core focus for her, and her administrative skills consistently keep the team organized and set up for success.

    When not being the ultimate team player at work, Suzanne enjoys time with her husband and son – often on the golf course or baseball field. Suzanne also owns a photography business where she has won multiple awards for her outstanding work.

  • Jason Doddridge, CPA
    Jason Doddridge, CPA

    Business & Tax Consultant

    Jason Doddridge, CPA

    Jason Doddridge, CPA

    Business & Tax Consultant

    Prior to joining SMD, Jason worked for 7 years as a tax preparer and advisor with a CPA firm in Portland, Oregon. He is an avid football fan (go Ducks!), gamer, husband, and dad. Jason brings a diverse background of experience that includes tax, payroll, business advisory, and bookkeeping expertise. He truly excels at taking complex concepts and making them understandable to the non-accountant. This skill helps business owners interpret their financial information for the purpose of making decisions and enhancing the value of their business and their personal lives. Whether it’s a medical practice, real estate investor, roofing company, law firm, or coffee shop; Jason has a passion for helping SMD’s clients achieve success.

  • Andrew Mares
    Andrew Mares

    Intern

    Andrew Mares

    Andrew Mares

    Intern

    Andrew is currently a Junior at Texas Tech Universtiy, and is pursuing his Bachelors degree in Finance. His passion for problem solving is not only a Core Value necessary for all SMD team members, but one that will serve him well as he dives right into learning more about tax savings, estate planning, business valuation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate investing, tax credits, medical practice consulting, wealth management, and all the other things that SMD is famous for doing. We are especially excited about uncovering new opportunities to accelerate his professional growth as well as find ways where he can help SMD clients be more successful. When he is not studying or cheering ‘Wreck’Em Red!’, you can find Andrew exploring one of the many hiking trails in Lubbock, TX.

  • Ben Van Saders
    Ben Van Saders

    Intern

    Ben Van Saders

    Ben Van Saders

    Intern

    Born and raised in Texas, Ben can fling out a “Y’all” and “Fixin’ To” with the best of them. However, don’t let that Texas thing fool you. He is currently working on his obtaining his Masters Degree in Accounting at the University of North Texas and has is eye on that CPA designation as well. He is already making a meaningful impact by support our business & tax consulting team with the various analyses and calculations we do behind the scenes to give all those great tips, tricks, and advice on how to save money on taxes, grow businesses, protect assets, and build wealth. Whether he’s helping our physician clients, real estate investors, business owners, or other successful professionals; we are confident that Ben will have a positive impact on the SMD team and SMD clients.