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Team

State Tax Advisors provides comprehensive and innovative state and local tax advisory services.  Our team of tax professionals have an entrepreneurial spirit and leverage their collective experiences to provide clients with creative strategies in reducing overall tax liabilities. We take pride in committing ourselves to our clients' best interests.


Riley Epps

Riley Epps

Founder & Managing Partner

Riley has over 25 years of experience in state and local tax consulting. He formed State Tax Advisors in 2002 after building and selling his previous firm, R.G. Epps & Co. Prior to that, Riley was instrumental in the development of Deloitte’s state and local tax practice from 1989 – 1994, in Houston, Texas. He is also a speaker for various associations and organizations like the AGC, CFMA, and CPA firms in the area of state and local tax.

Riley has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. Both degrees were earned from the University of Houston. A sports fanatic, Riley was a one-time member of the Texas Rangers’ professional baseball team; and he enjoys supporting the community by participating in local charity golf tournaments.

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Carrie Nebgen

Carrie Nebgen

Partner

Carrie joined State Tax Advisors in 2005. Her wide range of experience in state and local tax includes audit management, nexus studies, amnesty and voluntary disclosure programs, taxability research, acquisition due diligence and return preparation outsourcing. In addition, Carrie has extensive experience in state Income/Franchise Tax. Her client experience covers a broad range of industry from entertainment to refinery, construction and manufacturing companies.

Carrie has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The University of Houston, Clear Lake and her prior experience is in retail banking.

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Tim Hyak

Tim Hyak

Director 

Tim Hyak joined State Tax Advisors in June 2013, with 12 years of experience in the sales tax consulting industry.  Already with a specialization in the manufacturing industry, Tim has expert knowledge in the construction and oil and gas industries, serving as the trusted advisor to several large businesses in these spaces.  Tim specializes in audits, front-end tax compliance, and client training to provide outstanding client service to business of all sizes.

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Lyane Hight

Lyane Hight

Senior Consultant

Lyane has been with State Tax Advisors since 2006. She specializes in managing Voluntary Disclosure Agreements for various tax types. Prior to joining State Tax Advisors, she was also an auditor with the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Lyane’s attention to detail and commitment to accuracy are huge advantages when representing our clients to various state departments, while bringing them into compliance. 


Annette Gioia

Annette Gioia

Compliance Manager

Annette came to STA in 2007 and currently manages the Compliance Department. She is responsible for ensuring that all sales and use tax returns are filed timely and accurately. Annette also oversees IT for State Tax Advisors. In addition, she is one of the top contributors for State Tax Advisors business improvement processes, internal wiki and software development.


Robin Purgahn

Robin Purgahn

Accounting Manager

Robin has been with State Tax Advisors since November 2010.  As the Accounting Manager, she has assisted in overseeing State Tax Advisors day-to-day accounting functions including invoicing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting, cash management, and payroll.


Nicole Thomas

Nicole Thomas

Senior Consultant

Nicole has been a full-time employee with State Tax Advisors since 2012, but has worked with the company for 15 years in various capacities. She has in-depth experience with various industries in sales tax from contractors to manufacturers, and specializes in Income/Franchise Taxes. Nicole has worked as an auditor for the State of Texas where she has built a good rapport with many auditors. Nicole is very detailed oriented and works extensively with some of State Tax Advisors’ largest clients. 

She holds a B.B.A. in accounting from The University of Houston.


Tina Zant

Tina Zant

Senior Consultant

Tina came to State Tax Advisors in 2013 as a graduate of Texas A&M University with 25 years of experience in customer service, accounting and business development.  Her wealth of experience gives her a broad understanding of issues that face business owners when expanding or adapting their business model.  She specializes in managing large compliance projects, nexus determination, and training focus groups to better understand compliance issues.


Adriana Byrum

Adriana Byrum

Consultant

Adriana has worked with State Tax Advisors since 2015. She enjoys taxability research and helping clients understand sales tax to be more efficient in their business. Additionally, Adriana has worked on marketing development and expanding State Tax Advisors’ channel marketing program. Adriana received a B.B.A. in finance and international business from Baylor University and is currently working on her master’s degree at Houston Baptist University. Her prior experience is in corporate banking.


Hunter Epps

Hunter Epps

Consultant

Hunter began his career with State Tax Advisors during a summer internship in 2014, and became a full-time consultant in 2016 after graduating from Baylor University.  He specializes in the telecommunications and software industries and enjoys conducting research, assisting with audits and drafting waiver requests.


Jared Knight

Jared Knight

Consultant

Jared Knight has worked with State Tax Advisors since 2013, where he began as an intern in the compliance department. Following his graduation from the University of Houston with a master’s degree in accounting, he joined State Tax Advisors as a full-time consultant. Jared resolves compliance issues for clients quickly and thoroughly, and enjoys learning about different industries. 


Margie Reyes

Margie Reyes

Compliance Licensing Manager

Margarita “Margie” Reyes has been with State Tax Advisors since 2015 as Compliance Licensing Manager.  Margie supervises State and Local Licensing needs for our clients and assists our compliance team with registrations and return filings. Prior to joining State Tax Advisors, Margie worked as a Program Analyst where she was able to hone in on her ability to research state statutes and administrative rules. 

Margie holds a paralegal certification in multiple fields of law and her education is in computer science and business. She won the Liberty Bell Award from the Ector County Bar Association as well as the Volunteer Award from the Midland County Bar Association.