In all areas of Buddy Newton’s life — whether preparing people’s taxes, being a good father or volunteering as a reserve deputy sheriff in El Paso County — the 30-year-old’s main mission is to help others.

As a tax manager and certified public accountant at Stockman Kast Ryan + Co, Newton specializes in tax returns and planning, as well as training and coaching new and existing staff.

“I’ve moved up in the ranks relatively quickly after being with the company for eight years,” he said. “What drives me is knowing that my career is in my hands. I know that I can be as successful as I want to be, based on how much effort I put in.”

Newton moved to Colorado Springs in 2000 when his dad was serving in the military, and he graduated from UCCS in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Immediately after college, he began working for the local firm as a tax consultant.

“My goal is to make partner one day,” he said. “I want to grow professionally and further help people with their tax planning capabilities. I think that stems over to why I do reserve police work with the sheriff’s office here. I like to find different ways I can help the community.”

Newton is always cheerful and his technical skills benefit everyone at the firm, said David Kast, owner and CEO of Stockman Kast Ryan + Co.

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“He is a great asset,” he said. “Buddy is one of the leaders in our tax department, working with our younger staff in their ongoing training. He is also very reliable and always puts our clients first.”

Newton said an important goal is to be a good father to his two small children each and every day.

“I want to teach them the right things and make sure they’re happy and have a good upbringing,” he said.

Newton’s interests include elk hunting, bowling and working out at the gym four times a week. Most of his family lives in Colorado Springs and he plans to remain here long-term.

“I hope to make a bigger impact someday and see Colorado Springs continue to grow,” he said. “I feel like we’re moving in the right direction and hope the city continues to do bigger and better things to draw more professionals and companies here.”

— Amber Baillie