OUR STAFF

Decades of Knowledge and Experience

We are a small but mighty group of property tax consultants with decades of commercial real estate tax appeal and business personal property tax compliance experience under our belt. We have served North Texas and our clients around the country for over 30 years and we hope to get the chance to work with you, too.

Kurz Group property tax consulting firm president Rick Kurz

Richard Kurz

Founder/Principal, President and Co-Managing Partner

Rick@kurzgroup.com

Rick is actively involved in all aspects of operations for Kurz Group including client representation, compliance and appeal of commercial real estate and business personal property. Prior to founding Kurz Group in 1987, he was involved in sales, leasing and ownership of commercial income producing property. He has served as a Board Member on the TAPTP Legislative Committee during key sessions of the Texas Legislature. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University in 1980. Rick is a licensed Senior Property Tax Consultant, member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), and The Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals (TAPTP).

Kurz Group property tax consulting firm executive vice president Jeff Kurz

Jeffrey Kurz

Principal, Executive Vice President and Co-Managing Partner

Jeff@kurzgroup.com

Jeff is actively involved in all aspects of operations for Kurz Group including client representation, compliance and appeal of commercial real estate and business personal property. Prior to joining Kurz Group in 1990, Jeff was a commercial real estate broker specializing in retail leasing and the sale of land and income producing properties. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in real estate and marketing from Southern Methodist University in 1982. He’s served as a board member on Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals (TAPTP) Legislative Committee. He is a licensed Property Tax Consultant, member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), and is a Texas Real Estate Broker.

Kurz Group property tax consulting firm office manager and property tax consultant Kathy Johnston

Kathy Johnston

Office Manager, Property Tax Consultant

Kathy@kurzgroup.com

Kathy joined Kurz Group in 1992 having previously worked as a Customer Service Manager at the Dallas Central Appraisal District for six years. She attended Memphis State University and is a licensed Property Tax Consultant. Kathy is in charge of all aspects of the office management and has over 30 years’ experience filing tax appeals and negotiating value reductions.

Kurz Group property tax consulting firm senior property tax consultant Erol Orer

Erol Orer

Senior Property Tax Consultant

Erol@kurzgroup.com

Erol began his career in property tax consulting in 1990 and joined Kurz Group in 1993. Erol specializes in all areas of commercial real estate compliance and appeal throughout Texas and the United States. Erol is a licensed Senior Property Tax Consultant, a member of the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals (TAPTP), and the Texas Association of Assessing Officers (TAAO.)

Kurz Group North Texas property tax consultant Clint Templeton

Clint Templeton

Property Tax Consultant

Clint@kurzgroup.com

Clint has been involved in property tax since 1991. Before joining Kurz Group in 2001, he spent 10 years with the Dallas Central Appraisal District where he was a Senior Appraiser in the Commercial Department. Clint’s specialization is in commercial real estate tax appeals, negotiations, and representation in the state of Texas. Clint is a 1989 graduate of the University of North Texas, a licensed property tax consultant, a member of the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals (TAPTP) and the Texas Association of Assessing Officers (TAAO).

Kurz Group North Texas property tax consultant Mark Vandagriff

Mark Vandagriff

Property Tax Consultant

MarkV@kurzgroup.com

Mark joined Kurz Group in 2006 as a tax consultant. Before joining the Kurz Group, Mark was Regional Vice President of the Burr Wolff/North Texas Region for nine years; Vice President of Mediplex Property Management, Inc., a developer of medical office buildings and outpatient facilities; Property Manager for Trammel Crow Company, a developer/manager of commercial real estate assets. Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. He is a licensed Texas Property Tax Consultant, Texas Real Estate Broker and a certified Real Property Administrator (RPA). Mark has over 30 years of property management and development experience in commercial, industrial, medical and retail assets. Mark is an active member of the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals (TAPTP), Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT).

Kurz Group property tax consulting services consultant Taylor Kurz

Taylor Kurz

Property Tax Consultant

TaylorK@kurzgroup.com

Taylor joined Kurz Group in 2010. In 2009, she received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Taylor is a licensed Property Tax Consultant and a current member of the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals (TAPTP).

Kurz Group senior business personal property tax consultant LaVada Mills

LaVada Rankin

Senior Property Tax Consultant

LaVada@kurzgroup.com

LaVada began her career in property tax in 1987 and joined Kurz Group in 1999. She spent 12 years with the Dallas Central Appraisal District where she was a Business Personal Property Supervisor and in charge of all Utility Appraisal. At Kurz Group, she manages all business personal property compliance throughout the United States including value negotiation and appeals, aircraft valuation and appeals, Freeport Exemption, Foreign Trade Zone and abatement filings. A graduate of the University of Texas – Dallas, LaVada earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance in 1988. She is a licensed Senior Property Tax Consultant, a member of the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals (TAPTP) and the Texas Association of Assessing Officers (TAAO).

Kurz Group business personal property tax consultant Laura Jordan

Laura Jordan

Property Tax Consultant

Laura@kurzgroup.com

Laura began her career in property tax in 1991 where she spent 10 years with the Dallas Central Appraisal District. She joined Kurz Group in 2001 and possesses expertise in all aspects of ad valorem taxation and appraisal district operations. At Kurz Group, she handles business personal property compliance, negotiations, and appeals throughout the United States. Laura is a licensed property tax consultant, a member of the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals (TAPTP) and the Texas Association of Assessing Officers (TAAO).

Kurz Group business personal property tax appeal Jennifer Appel

Jennifer Appel

Property Tax Consultant

JenniferA@kurzgroup.com

Jennifer has been involved in property tax since 2000. Prior to joining Kurz Group in 2010, she spent 10 years with the Dallas Central Appraisal District in the Business Personal Property Division as a Senior Staff Appraiser, Jennifer’s areas of expertise include national business personal property compliance, negotiation & appeals, aircraft valuation & appeals, Freeport exemptions and leased equipment compliance. In 2007 she received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of North Texas, Jennifer is a licensed Property Tax Consultant; a current member of Texas Association of Assessing Officers (TAAO); a current member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT).

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Scott Wilkinson

Property Tax Consultant

ScottW@kurzgroup.com

Scott began his career in property tax in 2005. He quickly moved up the ranks in the Commercial Department at the Dallas Central Appraisal District valuing everything from high profile commercial assets to mom and pop businesses. With a willingness to help and a personality to compliment his work ethic Scott found himself in the center of the action. After a rewarding career in Dallas, Scott moved to the Collin Central Appraisal District and worked as a specialist in retail properties. He was quickly promoted to specializing in the valuation of office buildings and corporate campuses.  Scott has experience as a commercial fee appraiser for eminent domain cases as well as financing. Scott is a graduate of the University of North Texas, a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker, and an active member in multiple trade associations.

Kurz Group commercial real estate tax appeal consultant Allen Shryock

Allen Shryock

Director of Sales

Allen@kurzgroup.com

Allen has been with Kurz Group as Director of Sales since 2008, where he is responsible for new business development. Allen oversees all sales & marketing activity for Real Estate and Business Personal Property Tax consulting and compliance services. He has been involved in promoting the property tax consulting industry since 1997, when he began his career as a research analyst with a national property tax consulting firm. He has been involved in selling property tax services in several capacities over the past 11 years, most recently the property tax division of a Big 4 Public Accounting firm, where he sold Real Estate tax consulting and appeal services on a national scale. Allen has been actively involved in several industry organizations, including IPT and TAPTP, and is a licensed Texas property tax consultant.

Kurz Group commercial real estate tax appeal coordinator Megan Lewis

Megan Lewis

Real Estate Appeal Coordinator

Megan@kurzgroup.com

Megan joined the Kurz Group team in 2005 after graduating from Southern Methodist University and assumed her current role with the company in 2012. Megan is heavily involved in all aspects of commercial appeals in Texas and coordinates with our NPTG partner affiliates for commercial appeals nationwide. Additionally, she is responsible for handling all matters related to Litigation and Binding Arbitration when the need arises to appeal an Appraisal Review Board decision. Megan oversees the collection of data and research needed to provide our clients with the best possible service in commercial property tax appeals.