John Grace began his career in accounting as the business manager for a local church and also served as the chief accountant at a non-profit organization as well as in billing and financial reporting in the oil industry. In 1978, John earned his CPA and discovered a calling in public accounting. As the lead shareholder in the Stanfield + O’Dell valuation practice, John has been able to express his passion for helping his clients succeed. John believes, “If I can provide advice and planning suggestions to business owners to improve their profitability and manage their businesses more effectively, then I have done my job.”
After over 40 years in the accounting industry and having been a part of the Stanfield + O’Dell team since 2002, John understands the importance of good client relationships and has served some of his clients for over 30 years. John cites his excellent ongoing relationships with his clients and the fact he is Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) with the AICPA for equipping him with the tools necessary to help business owners succeed in today’s demanding environment. His ability to explain complex tax and accounting rules in plain English has endeared him with many of Stanfield + O’Dell’s clients.
John is very involved in the local community. He serves on the board of the Parent Child Center of Tulsa, which helps prevent child abuse and neglect through education, treatment, and advocacy. He is the Secretary and Treasurer for Birthright of Tulsa, a local nonprofit providing love, support and hope to women facing unplanned pregnancies. John is also on the board of the Kiwanis Club of Tulsa, a hands-on community service organization that believes the leaders of tomorrow are the youth of today. John is happily married and has four adult children. He enjoys traveling with his family and is very active in his church.
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., accounting
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Oklahoma State Society of CPAs
Tulsa Chapter Oklahoma Society of CPAs
American Society of Appraisers, Candidate Member
Certifications and Licenses
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Oklahoma
Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)