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Steve Griffith

Principal

Steve Griffith joined RTC in 1992 as a Texas marketing cost analyst. In 1994 he became the Operations Manager and in 2003 Steve acquired the company. Steve enjoys an entrepreneurial spirit having founded multiple companies including Abbey Printing and Office Supply (Austin), Outback Pets (Austin), Premier Genetics (Dripping Springs), GriPac Enterprises (Austin), RTC Construction (Waco), PDP Mile 4 (McAllen), RTC Ventures (Waco) and Spring Lake Ranch (Waco).

Steve married his high school sweetheart, Melinda, shortly after graduating in 1981. They have two daughters that reside in Waco.

Steve graduated Cum Laude from the business school at the University of Texas in Austin.

Steve and his wife are now focused on living their lives centered around giving back. They founded Lifeway Foundation and Lifeway Haven -  http://lifewayhaven.org/   “God has blessed us in so many ways – it’s our blessing to pay it forward.”

To contact Steve Griffith please email sgriffith@researchtaxconsultants.com or call 254.399.0333.

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Kirk Landon

Director of Operations

Kirk Landon joined the RTC team in 2008.  Kirk is a CPA.  He began his career with Ernst & Young in Dallas.  He left to become CFO of a sporting goods manufacturer.  From there, he answered the entrepreneurial calling as a homebuilder, before seizing the opportunity with RTC.

Outside of work, Kirk enjoys spending time with his family.  This time often includes coaching/watching sports and being on the lake.  He has volunteered with Midway Little League, serving on the board for 10 years.  He has also volunteered with the Cattle Baron’s Ball to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society for many years.

Kirk graduated from Baylor University .  He is a member of the AICPA and the Texas Society of CPAs.  He is also a member of the Petroleum Accountants Society of Houston, which is part of COPAS.

To contact Kirk please email klandon@researchtaxconsultants.com or call 254.399.0333.

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Isabel E. Weeden

Manager

Isabel (Bell) Weeden currently handles marketing cost claims for RTC. In this role, she focuses on the recovery of severance tax based on marketing expenses. Bell is a Texas Certified Public Accountant and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tarleton University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Bell has served in finance for over 20 years, having worked for national, statewide, and local institutions that include banking, investment management, public accounting, and higher education finance.  In her immediate past role at a state institution of higher education she managed the statewide budget, data analytics effort, and played a significant role in the legislative finance process.

Originally from Midland and raised in Wichita Falls, Bell is no stranger to oil and gas country. She recently joined RTC in 2019 and is looking forward to quickly securing claims for oil and gas operators.

To contact Bell please email iweeden@researchtaxconsultants.com or call 254.399.0333.

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James McAtee

Director of Marketing

James L. McAtee joined RTC in 2007 as Director of Marketing. Since his tenure, James has played a key role in client retention, increasing RTC’s market share, and developing, managing, and implementing all aspects of RTC’s marketing strategies.

James was previously employed as a financial analyst at a prominent National scientific laboratory where he was responsible for overseeing the facility operations annual budget.

James was born and raised in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. He graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO with a BBA in Finance and was the recipient of an athletic scholarship to play Division II NCAA golf. When James is not working at RTC, he can be found with family and friends, on the golf course, flying a small airplane, or spending time outdoors.

To contact James please email jmcatee@researchtaxconsultants.com or call 254.399.0333.

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Erin Brown

Texas Tax Incentives Manager

Erin Brown joined RTC in 2013 and serves as a Severance Tax Manager focused on the state of Texas. In this role, Erin oversees all aspects of oil and gas severance tax recovery, including but not limited to the high cost gas incentive, low producing/marginal well incentive and two-year inactive exemption.

Erin holds a Master of Accountancy and BSBA from Auburn University.  Prior to joining RTC, Erin spent four years in public accounting and two years in financial reporting.

Erin is originally from Nashville, TN but now considers central Texas home.  Erin enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, and cheering on the Auburn Tigers and Baylor Bears.  Erin is a past board member of the Junior League of Waco and enjoys giving back to the local community.

To contact Erin please email ebrown@researchtaxconsultants.com or call 254.399.0333.

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Michelle Elsenburg

Claims Administrator

Michele Elsenburg is the Office and Claims Administrator for RTC, and has been with the firm for 19 years. In this role she acts as a liaison between clients, their purchasers, and various state agencies by monitoring claims and providing support to ensure consistent progress and complete, proper payment.

Michele holds a degree in Office and Business Administration from McLennan Community College, and has over 25 years of experience in financial services. Her tenure includes banking and loan administration, records and database management, customer care and claims administration, and problem resolution.

In the 19 years Michele has been with RTC she has enjoyed all aspects of providing excellent customer service. Consistently assisting clients with claim status, questions, reconciliations and issues, she values ensuring the claim process is as seamless as possible for clients.

To contact Michelle please email melsenburg@researchtaxconsultants.com or call 254.399.0333

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Yvonne Anz

Analyst

Yvonne Anz provides administrative support to all team members through a variety of tasks related to data mining, file management, spreadsheet manipulation, and general clerical duties.  Yvonne possesses strong organizational skills and is able to multi-task while being detail-oriented and meticulous.  She is a former high school computer teacher (31 years) who is Microsoft Office Specialist Certified in both Excel and Word.  Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

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