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.
Founder & Managing Partner
Riley has over 25 years of experience in state and local tax consulting. Riley formed State Tax Advisors in 2002 after building and selling his previous firm, R.G. Epps & Co. Prior to that, he was instrumental in the development of Deloitte’s state and local tax practice from 1989 – 1994, in Houston, Texas. Riley 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 participating in local charity golf tournaments.
Carrie's wide ranging 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 clients experience covers a broad range of industry from entertainment to refinery and manufacturing companies.
Carrie has a B.S in Accounting from The University of Houston, Clear Lake and her prior experience is in retail banking.
Senior Knowledge Specialist
The most tenured employee with the company, Jerry has played a unique and varied role in helping the company grow and thrive. His state and local tax experiences include, among others, audit support, taxability studies, and nexus determinations.
Upon completion of his studies at Texas A & M, Jerry joined Texaco as a technical systems specialist. This experience was instrumental in developing our return preparation and compliance outsourcing practice. Jerry played a key role in selecting and implementing the tax return software for State Tax Advisors. Prior to that, he had responsibility for ensuring all client returns were correctly prepared manually. More recently, Jerry expanded his role by assuming responsibility for managing our taxability research projects.
Tim Hyak joined State Tax Advisors in June 2013, after 12 years of prior 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.
Nicole has been a full-time employee with State Tax Advisors since 2012, but has worked on and off with the company for the past 15 years in various capacities. She has in-depth experience with various industries in sales tax from contractors to manufacturers. She also specializes in Income/Franchise Taxes. Nicole has ten years expeience working as an auditor for the State of Texas where she has been able to build a good rapport with auditors whom State Tax Advisors frequently works with. Nicole is very detailed oriented and enjoys building relationships with her clients. She works extensively with some of State Tax Advisors largest clients and heads up many of the consulting audits and onboarding training.
Nicole has a B.B.A in Accounting from The University of Houston and is a proud alumni to her Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Sorority. She enjoys traveling and watching her kids participate in sporting and music events around Houston.
Mason has been with State Tax Advisors since 2014. His experience includes audit defense, multi-state taxability research, due diligence analysis, voluntary disclosure agreements, nexus determinations, exposure calculations, and sales and use tax compliance. While knowledgeable in a breadth of different industries, Mason’s primary client base consists of large construction contractors, software companies, manufacturers, and online retailers. Mason has a BS in Business Administration from Louisiana State University – Alexandria and his prior experience is in software development and implementation. His hobbies include hiking, basketball, golf, and listening to live music.
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, such as multi-state registrations, and training focus groups to better understand compliance issues.
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 within the firm and expanded on their channel marketing and word of mouth reach. Adriana received a B.B.A in Finance and International Business from Baylor University and is currently working on her Masters at Houston Baptist University. Her prior experience is in Corporate Banking.
Jared Knight has worked with State Tax Advisors since 2013, where he started out as an intern in the compliance department. He recently joined State Tax Advisors as a full time consultant, following his graduation from the Univery f Houston with a Masters Degree in Acounting. Jared understands client data and has resolved compliance issues for clients quickly and thoroughly. Jared enjoys learning about different industries as he works on audits and meeting client expectations.
Jared plays an array of instruments from the piano to violin and enjoys the outdoors.
Hunter began his career with State Tax Advisors during a summer internship in 2014, and became became a full-time consultant in 2016. Hunter specializes in the telecommunications and software industries and enjoys conducting research, assisting with audits and drafting waiver requests. He is a graduate of Baylor University and enjoys traveling, fly fishing, and playing the guitar.
Annette has been with STA since 2007 and manages our 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 our business improvement processes, internal wiki and software development.
Senior Compliance Consultant
Lyane has been with State Tax Advisors since 2006 and is our Senior Compliance/Consultant specializing in Voluntary Disclosure Agreements for various tax types. Prior to joining STA, she was also a former Auditor with the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Lyane’s attention to detail and commitment to accuracy is a huge advantage when representing our clients to various state departments.
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. In addition, she assists our compliance team with registrations and return filings.
Prior to joining State Tax Advisors, Margie worked as a Program Analyst for Hibu “Yellow Pages Marketing Website” where she was able to hone in on her ability to research state statutes and administrative rules. Margie has a earned her Certification as a Paralegal in multiple fields of the law and received her education in Computer Science and Business.
She has been awarded the Liberty Bell Award from the Ector County Bar Association as well as the Volunteer award from the Midland County Bar Association.
Robin Purgahn has been with State Tax Advisors since November 2010. As our Accounting Manager, she has assisted in overseeing our day to day accounting functions including, invoicing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting, cash management, and payroll.