Jon is an Associate Chief Accountant in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. Jon engages in leading accounting consultation requests from public and private companies, auditors, and other divisions within the SEC on current novel and complex accounting issues related to debt equity transactions, financial assets, consolidations, derivatives, leases, and oil and gas accounting matters and currently serves as the Office’s topic leader in debt-equity and oil and gas matters. Jon audited small independent oil and gas companies during his time in public accounting and in 2004 joined the Division of Corporate Finance in the Natural Resource Group reviewing public oil and gas companies for compliance with GAAP and SEC disclosures rules.
In 2007 Jon joined the Office of the Chief Accountant, which is the primary advisor to the Commission on accounting matters. Since then, Jon has provided technical analysis and advice on many oil and gas related issues addressed by the Office of the Chief Accountant including implications of certain regulatory rule making projects undertaken by the Commission and its staff. Jon also has lead SEC oversight of various FASB standard setting projects including those that implicate oil and gas accounting standards. Jon has served as an observer for the Commission’s staff to the IASB’s extractive industry and coordinated efforts with other national securities regulators around the world in response to some of the IASB’s proposed standards and discussion papers. Jon has been engaged in addressing both academic and professional audiences over the past decade.
Before joining the SEC Jon was a Manager of Assurance Services at Tanner LC in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jon is a CPA and received his BS and Master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University.