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Ashley McNamara, CPA*

Senior director

I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Upon graduating from high school, I moved out West to attend Pepperdine University. I graduated from Pepperdine with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and an appreciation for all southern California and study abroad opportunities have to offer!

My career started with KPMG in Orange County, California, and ultimately moved back home to Tulsa in 2006, which was made easier with a transfer to the KPMG Tulsa office. During my almost 7 years at KPMG, I served both public and private clients in a variety of industries, including energy, technology, consumer goods, and healthcare. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities and relationships made through public accounting. Life after public accounting led to an executive management position at a private-equity backed midstream oil and gas company and financial reporting at a private-equity backed exploration and production company. During my work at those companies, I oversaw an asset divestiture, an asset acquisition, grassroots construction projects, and multiple management team transitions. In addition, I implemented processes and procedures from start-up as well as completed all the usual accounting monthly, quarterly, and annual to-dos.

At Embark, I utilize my combination of public accounting experience and start-up venture roles to provide clients with a broad spectrum of knowledge and experience. Clients benefit from my ability to think critically, problem-solve, maximize efficiencies, and productivity while also building solid relationships.

Time outside of the office is spent with my husband, Steve, and our children, Loretta and Van, as well as our extended family and friends. I enjoy exercise (spinning and yoga), traveling (during non-pandemic times), trying out new restaurants, and cooking. I am actively involved on the board of non-profit which supports a rare disease community and has assisted in the build-out of that organization over the last 10 years. Cheers!

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