Curtis Dean

Senior Consultant, Tax Research & Special Projects
El Dorado, KS

How I help . . .

Early in my career I had an opportunity to step in at the end of an IRS audit to dramatically change the outcome…from a $500,000 balance due to no amount due. The company had been through an IRS examiner, the examiner’s manager, the IRS appeals agent, the appeals agent’s manager and was about to go to tax court. One telephone conference with Chief Counsel’s office in D.C. turned the result around.

This major positive result early in my career solidified my confidence and energized me to serve clients in this way into the future.

I discovered that I love shining a light in the Internal Revenue Code darkness to keep clients from being gob smacked with a surprise.

Decades later I have shone the light for clients with issues including international tax, multistate, accounting methods, transitional transactions involving relationships, corporations, trusts and individuals and other complicated tax research projects.

"I apply Tai Chi skills to visualize tax solutions and enable clients to cleverly solve IRS problems."

Q&A with Curtis

What does above+beyond mean to you?
Using my experience and judgment to guide others above + beyond their current Internal Revenue Code capabilities to keep our clients from getting slapped with an unpleasant surprise.
What activity plays an important part in your life?
Practicing Tai Chi plays an important part in my life giving me a low impact, low intensity exercise to balance out a high impact, high intensity job.
What is your favorite restaurant and why?
Barbosa's in St. Joseph, MO is my favorite restaurant. Mexican food tops my list and Barbosa's got its beginning as a restaurant when I had my beginning in my very first job as a paperboy and they were one of my customers and I became one of theirs.
What type of books do you read?
I like to read fictional geo-political-military-spy novels. Mark Greaney, Tom Clancy and W.E.B. Griffin are some of my favorite authors.

Life Outside the Office

Hobbies & Interests

  • Public speaking
  • Tai chi
  • Spending time with family

Little Known Facts

  • I was in Tunisia the year Star Wars was being filmed there.
  • I am a Plank Owner of the USS Nimitz.
  • I am a member of the same academic honor society as former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Phi Kappa Phi.

My Professional History


  • Toastmasters International
  • Wichita Estate Planning Council
  • World Trade Council of Wichita, Inc.


  • Missouri Western State University
    • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
  • DePaul University
    • Master of Science, Taxation

Work Highlights

  • Year joined Adams Brown: 2020 through the merger of Adams Brown and M & L CPAs
  • Job prior to working at Adams Brown: Principal at M & L CPAs


  • CPA
  • CGMA
  • MST

Honors & Awards

  • Golden Key International Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma