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Joe Yardas Jr., JD, CPA
Consultant


Bringing 51 years of combined litigation, accounting, tax and business experience, Joe Yardas is a consultant for Harris Monroe Consulting. He helps organizations with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. In addition to his involvement with Harris Monroe, Joe runs his own law practice, handling insurance litigation, employment and business disputes, tax controversies and criminal matters. Joe has successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Texas on five occasions.

Joe founded the still successful Joe Yardas Insurance Agency in 1975. The agency's primary service is writing commercial insurance for manufacturers and contractors. Joe also founded the American Premium Finance Company in 1994. The company finances insurance premiums for commercial customers of Joe Yardas Insurance Agency. Early in his career, Joe was an auditor for Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Ernst (now known as Ernst & Young).

Joe received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with honors. He is also a Cum Laude Graduate of the Houston Law Center. Joe is a Certified Public Accountant and an accomplished attorney licensed in Texas.



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Kathlene Thomas
Consultant

Kathlene brings 18 years of experience managing and delivering Sarbanes-Oxley consulting projects and Internal Audit engagements.​  She spent 9 years at Deloitte managing audits and business consultants. Kathlene lead numerous risk based audits of key financial and operational processes. She spearheaded the internal audit services and business process control design.  

Kathlene received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Operations Management from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She has a Master of Business Administration with a focus in Administrations from the University of Houston. 
 


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Mandy Harris, CPA
Founder and Director of Harris Monroe 


Mandy Harris, Harris Monroe's founder

and director, has more than 26 years of

combined experience in accounting and consulting.   She spent 11 years with “Big Four” firms as an auditor and business consultant.  Her experience includes Sarbanes-Oxley IT compliance; financial statement audits; operational audits; logical security reviews; project controls assessments; data center reviews; process reviews; and implementations of Oracle software.  Accustomed to working in tandem with each client's individual corporate culture, Mandy has been involved with consulting and training for over 50 clients in Sarbanes-Oxley compliancy since the act was passed in 2002.  She has also taught seminars on Sarbanes-Oxley compliancy across the country.

Mandy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Business Administration with a focus in management information systems and statistics from the University of Houston. Mandy is also a Certified Public Accountant.


Jeff Harris​​

Co-Founder and Director of Harris Monroe

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Jeff adds 24 years of Information Technology and business development. He is a Co-Founder of the Practice

with responsibility for identifying, presenting, delivering and managing IT audits, fraud detection and prevention, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. ​Jeff collaborated on 32 engagements evaluating the IT controls as part of the financial statement audit. He delivered 10 Sarbanes-Oxley compliance projects for clients including a multi-billion-dollar Canadian manufacturer. Jeff has six years of Banking and Collection experience.  

​Jeff received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a focus on Advertising from Southwest Texas University, San Marcos, Texas.

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