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Herbert (Bert) N. Kraus, Jr.

BertA lifelong Laredoan and Nixon High School graduate, Bert has been working in the family CPA practice since he was thirteen years old. His mother and founder of the firm, Marjorie Kraus, was the first woman CPA in the history of Laredo. Bert attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelors in Business Administration degree in 1985. After completing college, he earned his CPA certificate while working in the Dallas and San Antonio offices of Ernst & Young (one of the largest CPA firms in the world) performing tax and auditing services for companies in a wide variety of industries (including American Airlines and Mobil Oil, amongst others).

In 1989, Bert returned to Laredo to join the family CPA business. He spent over fifteen years working side by side with his mother and partner developing and honing his business, financial and tax skills prior to her retirement. Since 2004, Bert has been the sole owner of the firm providing tax, financial and investment services to hundreds of clients in the local community. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Bert has now expanded the services provided by his firm to include investments and portfolio management.  In 2013, he earned his Life Agent license through the Texas Department of Insurance and in January, 2016, he passed the Series 65 Uniform Investment Advisors Exam and is now licensed as an Investment Advisor Representative. Bert can now help his clients with a much more diverse array of services than ever before ranging from financial and tax planning to investments and portfolio management.

Bert and his beloved wife Sally have been married for over 34 years. They have three children that are the most important things in their lives, one that currently works in the firm and two in college studying to become part of the family business. In his free time, Bert loves to play golf, travel and spend time with his family.

Karina Chavez Garcia
CPA/Office Manager

CPA NAMEKarina graduated from Texas A&M International University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Masters in Public Accountancy. She received her Certified Public Accountant certificate in 2009.

Karina joined Bert Kraus, CPA in November of 2007, where she specializes in accounting, tax preparation, tax planning as well as business formation and IRS problem resolution.

Karina is married and has three children. Her hobbies include; traveling, boating, and spending time with family and friends.

Irma Laura Davila
Senior Tax Accountant

CPA NAME Irma has been a big part of the firm for almost 30 years. She was hired in 1988 by the founder of the firm, Marjorie Kraus, and worked very closely with her for over a decade. She earned her associates degree in accounting in 1990. She has diverse experience providing accounting and tax services for hundreds of individual, corporate, partnership and not-for-profit clients. She also supervises the firms payroll preparation and reporting services. During her time off, Irma enjoys spending time with her family, bowling, going to music concerts and helping the church community.

Amber Avis
Financial/Tax Accountant

CPA NAMEAmber began working and learning accounting at the age of 13 here at our firm. Today, she is 26 years old and a graduate from the University of Missouri. She is currently completing her second bachelor's degree from the University of Incarnate Word with plans to finish her Masters in Accounting by 2018. Amber's responsibilities include bookkeeping for small and large business entities, preparing payroll, financial statements and tax returns. Amber is also registered by the State of Texas as a Life Agent and helps with the financial side of our business by coordinating seminars, meetings, and helping clients integrate tax and financial concepts into their daily lives. Amber hopes to soon become a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner so that she can help her clients reduce their taxes and maximize their investment portfolios. In her free time, she enjoys CrossFit, hiking, and spending time in nature.

Blanca M. Cruz
Financial/Tax Accountant

Kathy Blanca was born in Laredo and raised in Zapata, Texas. She graduated from Zapata High School in 1995. She was hired in 2001 and has now been an integral part of the firm for over 15 years starting as the receptionist and progressing to perform accounting, tax and payroll services for numerous clients in various industries. Blanca is a very important part of the family business and she calls it "home".

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