2019 AgKnowledge Ag Seminars

Brooke Eppa
Jan 25, 2019 11:15 AM
2019 AgKnowledge Ag Seminars Registration Open
Locations and dates:
  • Pocatello – Tuesday, February 5th  
    • Hampton Inn & Suites, Pocatello
  • Idaho Falls – Wednesday, February 6th  
    • Cooper Norman Office, Idaho Falls
  • Twin Falls – Thursday, February 7th     
    • Cooper Norman Office, Twin Falls

 Each seminar runs from 10am to 2:30pm and includes lunch.

$25 per single registration or register up to 8 people from your organization under an organizational registration for $50

Get your operation future-ready with this half-day seminar:

  • 2019 Tax Update
  • Finding and Keeping Key People
  • Industry Panel with discussion on current industry issues and Q&A audience participation portion
  • And more
For questions, or to register by phone:
Malinda West at 208-523-0862
Brooke Eppa at 208-733-6581
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Welcome New Cooper Norman Partner Ethan Lee

Brooke Eppa
Oct 12, 2018 01:00 PM
Ethan Lee, CPA, ABV, CFF

Meet New Cooper Norman Partner

and  Business Valuation Expert

Ethan A. Lee, CPA, ABV, CFF

Ethan Lee has joined Cooper Norman CPAs & Business Advisors as a Partner based out of the Idaho Falls office, and serving our clients across the entire firm. He was previously a Principal at Pacific Business Valuation in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Ethan has specialized in business valuation and forensic accounting services since 2006. He helps clients and interested parties understand the valuation and financial implications in various settings, such as business transition planning, tax planning, and dispute matters.



Ethan enjoys volunteering in various professional, civic, and ecclesiastical capacities. He currently serves on the AICPA’s Forensic & Valuation Services Executive Committee. Ethan has presented at the national AICPA Forensic & Valuation Services Conference, San Francisco office of the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA), and at multiple other professional venues.  He has been a guest lecturer at Sonoma State University and BYU – Hawaii.

After being raised in Southern California, Ethan eventually migrated to Hawaii where he has lived for a total of 10 years.  His family recently found a new paradise in Eastern Idaho and relocated to his father’s hometown of Rigby. Ethan has been married to his sweetheart for 16 years. They have 4 children together.  For fun, Ethan enjoys fishing and hunting, and looks forward to snowboarding with his family this winter!

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Rexburg Office Open House October 25th

Brooke Eppa
Oct 5, 2017 12:03 PM
Cooper Norman Rexburg Office Open House
Come and go as you like. Refreshments will be available.
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2017 AgKnowledge Seminar

Brooke Eppa
Dec 16, 2016 05:05 PM
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You can register through Eventbrite or call Malinda in our Idaho Falls office at 208.523.0862 for questions or to register over the phone.
$25 per person or $50 per farm (lunch is included)
All locations listed below will be in the state of Idaho:
Pocatello - Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Twin Falls - Wednesday, February 2, 2017
Idaho Falls - Thursday, February 3, 2017
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Itinerary posted here soon
AgKnowledge agriculture business seminar
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December 1st Federal Overtime Rule Delayed

Dec 14, 2016 11:00 AM

A preliminary injunction was filed in a November 22 ruling that has put a hold on the implementation of the new federal overtime rule. 

The case was filed in the District court in Texas by 21 states, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and other business groups. 

“A preliminary injunction preserves the status quo while the court determines the Department of Labor’s authority to make the final rule as well as the final rule’s validity,” said Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. 

The Department of Labor will appeal the decision, but until the courts make a final ruling, employers may continue to follow the existing overtime rule.

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2016 Great Race For Education

Brooke Eppa
Jul 18, 2016 12:16 PM
The Great Race for Education is a fundraiser for EITC (Eastern Idaho Technical College). We had our four amazing runners entered Friday, Dan, Rachel, Lance and Nate. And we had several people helping to solve clues, Mike, Terri, Malinda, Matthew, Ryan, and Misty. We came in first place in the race portion. (Second place was the Marines!) And we came in third place overall. This placement allows us to award a scholarship to an EITC student in Cooper Norman's name. It was a great event, and we had a blast. Yay!
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Leadership Pocatello Graduated a New Class!

Brooke Eppa
May 18, 2016 11:34 AM

Congratulations to Austin Irwin and his Leadership Pocatello Class on a highly successful event Saturday, April 16 , 2016 at the Avcenter. 

There were over 300 in attendance and they raised over $19,000 which will go back into our community through our Leadership Program.

Elda Irwin, Jen Bowen, and Austin Irwin at Leadership Pocatello graduation

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Career Day at Highland High School in Pocatello

Brooke Eppa
Apr 27, 2016 01:07 PM
One of our CPAs from our Pocatello office, Matthew Barker, had the privilege of attending the Highland High School career fair in Pocatello this morning. The school offers several business classes, including management, economics, marketing, computer technology, and accounting. Many of the students he had the opportunity to speak with were very interested in pursuing accounting as a career after high school. It was a great event that was attended by about 150 students. During the latter part of the career fair Matthew did mock interviews with a few students. They were each confident, outgoing, and competitive. The program the high school designed is preparing students for their future careers by helping them to gain knowledge applicable to the business world. At the end of the career fair, Matthew raffled off a Cooper Norman backpack. The lucky winner today was Tahliyah Appenay.
Winner at Highland High School Career Day, Pocatello, Idaho
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Kimberlee Lystrup Recognized Under 40

Brooke Eppa
Apr 21, 2016 12:10 PM
Congratulations to our Kimberlee Lystrup on her nomination for “TWENTY Under 40”!!  What an honor to be nominated!
Though she didn't win the award, we're extremely proud of all Kim's accomplishments, both internally and out in the community. The awards ceremony for the winners was held Tuesday, April 19th, 2016. 
Kimberlee Lystrup, CPA, Pocatello, Idaho, Idaho State University, nominated
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Firm Administrator Posting Open

Brooke Eppa
Apr 20, 2016 04:52 PM

Cooper Norman CPAs & Business Advisors is seeking an experienced Firm Administrator.  The successful candidate will have a strong background in accounting and business administration and a minimum of 5 years of related work experience.  A Bachelor of Science in Accounting is highly preferred.  This position will be responsible for the day to day operations of the firm and act as the Chief of Staff to the Managing Partner.  Responsible for all firm accounting and reporting (billings, A/R, A/P, payroll, financials, cash and debt management, budgets, expenditure control, risk management, licensing, and ensuring compliance with all Federal and State laws.  The position may work out of Idaho Falls, Pocatello, or Twin Falls, Idaho.  We are looking for a strong leader committed to excellence and continuous improvement and the one-firm concept who matches our business philosophies and core values to maintain and grow our reputation for quality service and innovative advisory solutions. The salary range is $50,000 – $75,000/year DOE.  Please email your resume to Tara Gartrell at  Resumes received by May 6th will be given full consideration.         Equal Opportunity Employer



Job Description: Firm Administrator

Classification:  Full-time, Exempt

Compensation:  $50,000 - $75,000 based on qualifications


Firm Administrator Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the day to day operations of the firm and act as the Chief of Staff to the Managing Partner (MP).
  • Firm champion for operational efficiency focusing on client services and firm profitability.
  • Primary operational liaison with Human Resources, Information Technology, Business Development, Recruiting, CN University Training, Facilities and Space Management, and Administration. 
  • Responsible for all firm accounting and reporting (billings, A/R, A/P, payroll, financials, cash and debt management, budgets, expenditure control, risk management, licensing, ensures compliance with all Federal and State Laws)
  • Assist in the implementation of firm and partner goals, produce and publish statistical reports, and monitor progress.
  • Attendance required at Partner and Management meetings.  Responsible for agenda’s, minutes, and follow-up on action items.  
  • Maintains high-level knowledge of issues affecting the public accounting industry and successful management of the firm.
  • Assist MP with vendor, banker, insurance agent, and legal counsel relationships.
  • Visible and active in the business community; Exhibits leadership inside and outside the firm.
  • Assist MP, Members-In-Charge, and Partners as needed; Accessible to Partners and Staff.


This job description is not all-inclusive.  The employee may be asked to perform other duties and responsibilities.  The employee will be evaluated based on the description above and any revisions that may be made from time to time.


Qualifications and Experience:

Strong background in accounting and business administrative experience is required. A minimum of 5 years of related work experience.  A Bachelor of Science in Accounting is highly preferred; Strong people skills; Strong management, organizational, vision, and leadership skills; Committed and passionate about our business philosophies and core values; Committed to excellence and improvement.  A team player who is committed to the one-firm concept and puts the interests of the Firm above personal interest.
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