Our Leadership

Kenneth L. Beran
Of Counsel
”I strive to offer the best service possible to my clients. I treat them the way I want to be treated.“

Ken joined Adams Brown in 1968. He provides individual and corporate tax services, client business management services and municipal auditing.

Armed with a wide background of knowledge from working at the Great Bend office, Ken opened Adams Brown’s Hays office location in 1978. He watched the firm grow from one office to multiple. He considers some of the most influential people in his life to be the partners that had faith in him to start a new office, despite having no clients in the community.

Inspired by his love of numbers, Ken also attributes his career to accounting professionals that influenced him in his youth. Ken grew up in Odin, Kansas and currently resides in Hays. He finds that Hays is a prosperous community, offering great medical care and many opportunities for cultural entertainment and sporting events. He and his wife, Barbara, have three daughters and six grandchildren. In his free time, Ken enjoys sports and reading.


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Personal Financial Specialist (PFS)


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA)
    • Former Board of Directors Member
    • Governmental Audit Committee Chair
  • Hays Medical Center
    • Treasurer
    • Board of Directors Member
    • Former Board Chairman
  • Hays Medical Center Foundation Board
    • Board Member
  • St. Anthony Hospital
    • Former Board of Directors Member
  • Ellis County Way
    • Former President
    • Former Drive Chairman
  • Lincoln School Parents
    • Former President
  • Hays Public Library Board
    • Former President
  • Thomas More Prep High School Board
    • Former President
  • Hays Optimist Club
    • Former President
  • St. Joseph Church Parish Council
    • Former President
  • Hays Chamber of Commerce
    • Former Board Member
  • Smokey Hill Country Club
    • Former Board Member

Honors and Achievements

  • Hays Chamber of Commerce
    • Hall of Fame (1999)
  • Optimist of the Year (1984)

Auditors | Accountants | Consultants | CPAs – Adams Brown is a Certified Public Accounting firm serving high net worth individuals and businesses across the central United States, including Kansas and Arkansas offices in Wichita, Kansas City, Great Bend, Colby, Hays, McPherson, and Jonesboro (AR). The firm provides a variety of tax, audit, consulting, and advisory services to guide businesses toward their goals.  Key industries served include agriculture, construction, government municipalities, professional services, and manufacturing.  To help businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we provide a variety of consulting services including outsourced accounting, cash flow planning, and comprehensive tax review.