Kenneth was an audit manager for the Oklahoma State Auditor & Inspectors office for 10 years. He then opened his own practice in Shawnee to provide annual audit reports to school districts. Because of his knowledge and experience in governmental accounting, the practice quickly developed into a large auditing firm within a few years, expanding into the audit areas of cities and towns, rural water districts, and other municipalities. Stephen Sanders joined the firm in 1976 and became a partner in 1980. The firm then became Slaten and Sanders, CPAs, Inc.
In 1982, Mr. Slaten passed away, and in 1987, the firm changed its name to Stephen H. Sanders, C.P.A., Inc. The firm continued to grow in staff and client base due to Steve’s reputation as the most knowledgeable governmental auditor in the state of Oklahoma. In 2001, Eric Bledsoe became a partner, followed by Jeff Hewett in 2002. Today, the firm remains one of the most reputable government audit firms in the state, making the firm name Sanders, Bledsoe & Hewett, CPAs, LLP.
Eric M. Bledsoe received his BBA in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Eric began working for the firm in 1991 and then served as business manager for Bartlesville Public Schools for three years. Eric currently serves as a managing partner for the firm. A CPA since 2001, Eric has made several presentations to school district officials on proper auditing and accounting procedures. Eric lives in Bixby with his wife, Lilyann, his daughter, Jessica, and his son, Eric Jr. (Dewey)
Jeffrey D. Hewett, CPA, received his BBA in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma. Jeff began working for the firm in 1990 and currently serves as a managing partner. Jeff has made presentations for the Oklahoma Association of School Business Officials, Oklahoma Center for School Business Management, and Oklahoma Schools Advisory Council on a variety of school-related issues. Jeff currently serves on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce, Broken Arrow Rotary, and the Broken Arrow Historical Society. Jeff also serves as a member of the Oklahoma Society of CPA’s Peer Review Committee, and other various community-related endeavors. Jeff lives in Broken Arrow with his wife Kaye Linn, daughter Hailey, and sons Parker, and Carson.
Christopher P. Gullekson, CPA, senior accountant, received a BA in Accounting from Oklahoma State University. Chris began working for the firm in 2007 and lives in Broken Arrow.
Earlene Hart is our administrative assistant. She is normally the voice you hear when you call the office. Earlene lives in Broken Arrow with her husband, Joe.
The firm has built a large client base of rural water districts, and continue to increase these numbers due to our unmatched services. We offer annual audits, investigative or special audits, assistance with GASB 34 compliance, bookkeeping services and other services to meet the needs of these specialized municipalities.
We are the largest school auditing firm in the state and have been since our inception. The firm offers many services to school districts, such as annual audits, investigative or special audits, compilation of the estimate of needs, consultation regarding the School District Budget Act, bookkeeping services, and board presentations.
121 E. College St. P.O. BOX 1310, BA, OK 74012