About Us- Our Story
TaxConnections was inspired by conversations with numerous tax professionals who wished to have a niche tax network. Kat Jennings was asked by diverse group of tax experts to make the idea a reality for a worldwide tax network. She was told “If anyone can build this site for the tax community, it will be you!” With a database of 2M tax professionals from public accounting and law firms, corporations and academia worldwide, and Kat’s vision and tenacity, TaxConnections emerged to provide tax experts and taxpayers with access to the very best tax resources available around the world.
As TaxConnections grew under the guidance of Advisors like Brian Andreoli, Randy Henderson and Howard Liebman, along came Robert Lougen, formerly President of HR Block Canada. It was when Kat was introduced to Bob Lougen that the discussion led to focus on the new iteration of TaxConnections Virtual Tax Offices. Within the Virtual Tax Office of every tax professional, we would conduct research on every tax product and service, talk to others who have used the product/service and recommend the best ones to everyone we encountered.
It is our sincere interest in researching and learning about the products and services that enables us to recommend them to you! If you would like us to investigate your tax products and services please contact us at 858.999.0053! We genuinely enjoy learning about all the new tax resources available to tax professionals and taxpayers. Tell us why your product or service is a great resource for TaxConnections members worldwide.
/ CEO / Large Business Services
As CEO, Kat Jennings is responsible for the overall operations of www.taxconnections.com. This includes day-to-day management decisions and implementing TaxConnections long and short-term business goals. Kat’s role includes communicating TaxConnections vision and strategic direction to investors, team members, customers and sponsors; secure working capital and allocating capital resources appropriately; build a company culture of customer centered services ensuring our customer’s needs are our top priority; hire the best sales and marketing team and customer service people possible; and set performance expectations and goals for the company and each team member.
/ CEO / Independent Tax Services
Robert “Bob” Lougen is CEO/Independent Tax Services at TaxConnections. Prior to joining TaxConnections, Bob was the President of HR Block where he led the international business unit to a high growth environment. He generated growth and expansion through organic and acquisition tactics in both company and franchised locations in Canada. With full P&L responsibility with 8000 employees, total revenues of $200M and 2.5M clients over 1175 locations, he developed and led many business lines to profitability. Bob also sits on several boards including United Way, Inn From The Cold, and VeritableSoft Innovations.
/ Chief Technology Engineer
Our CTO, Chen-Ming Chen previously held the role of Senior Engineer at the University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA. Chen was responsible for overseeing more than seventy online UCSD systems for six separate University Provosts. He maintained database administration and security for more than one million student records in the UCSD systems. Chen has more than fifteen years of experience in software engineering and security. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Information and Decision Systems from San Diego State University, San Diego, California and a Masters in Cyber Security and Information Assurance from National University, San Diego, California. He is fluent in Mandarin and English.
Aittidej “AJ” Tanvilai
/ Chief Technology Engineer
Steven is responsible for assisting our global members in the distribution of their tax blog content on TaxConnections. He coordinates our members blogs and posts them on TaxConnections Worldwide Tax Blogs. Steven has a BA Degree in Psychology and Philosophy; and a Masters in Philosophy and a Rhetoric and Technical Writing Certificate from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA.
/ Web & Graphic Designer