Cara Zimmer, CPA
Cara Zimmer, CPA says her childhood dream was to have her own dance studio. She started as a competitive dancer at an early age and was on her way to a degree in dance and arts management at Oklahoma City University when an accounting class changed her plans.
“I took my first accounting class and being the math and science-minded person I have always been, I was intrigued by the detail and organization of accounting,” she said.
“Some may think that is the most drastic career path change they have ever heard of, but it makes perfect sense to me,” she continued. “I really like numbers, but I also love the challenges, stability, and flexibility this career offers.”
Zimmer currently serves as a Manager in the Bland & Associates, P.C. (Bland) Audit Department, a position she began in 2020. In this role, she is heavily focused on the firm’s health care and long-term care clientele, serving as both the main point of communication with the client and the lead of the team.
More specifically, Zimmer is focused on assurance work, including audits, reviews, compilations, preparing financials, and AUP procedures as well as Medicaid and Medicare cost report preparation and consulting services. She also does assurance work for not-for-profit clients and closely-held businesses and works on HUD compliance audits.
In 2012, Zimmer joined Bland as an accounting intern and went full-time in 2014 as an associate accountant. Most recently, she spent 2 years as an audit supervisor.
Born and raised in Omaha, Zimmer graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an accounting specialization from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2013 and completed her master of accounting there in 2014. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds memberships in the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA), and the Nebraska Society of CPAs.