Community Connections. Bright Futures.

Powerful connections are made every day, thanks to the relationship between Drury University’s Breech School of Business and BKD.

To date, 59 BKD employees have attended Drury, including five partners, with 34 being Breech accounting majors .Laura McCarthy Knese ‘10 has been employed at BKD since graduation. She appreciates BKD’s inclusive atmosphere, which reflects her liberal arts education: “BKD encourages team interaction, from first year staff all the way to partners. All levels of employees are treated with equal amounts of respect and every voice is heard.

”Breech’s high first-time CPA exam pass rate is due in part to the BKD Accounting Education Fund that enables faculty to purchase CPA review materials and other supplements for the classroom Drury graduate Kurman Karabiev ‘13 quickly became a vital part of the team during his internship at BKD.

Manager, Kristen Bright ‘03 says, “I was extremely impressed with Kurman’s professional demeanor, work ethic and ability to grasp information quickly, which is so important in our line of business.”

The Breech and BKD partnership is just one example of how area businesses work with Drury University to provide students with real-world experience and networking opportunities, while strengthening their own businesses as well as the Greater Springfield community.