About 2018-05-29T14:38:57+00:00

In 1988, John Short opened a CPA office in Adel, Iowa. In 2016, Stuart Oxer purchased the practice from John and changed the name from JM Short, CPA to Blue Oak CPA. In June of 2017, we opened a new office in Urbandale. We have 3 CPAs and additional support staff who are ready to provide individualized service for your payroll, tax preparation, consulting, and accounting. We are excited for the opportunity to earn your business.


Stuart Oxer has over 25 years of experience working in accounting, finance, and tax preparation.  Mr. Oxer has served as the CFO and Controller for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and non-profit organizations.   Stuart earned his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his MBA, with a concentration in Accounting, from the University of Arizona.  Stuart and his family have lived in the Des Moines area since 1999.  Mr. Oxer is the principal of the firm.


John Short started the firm in 1988, and has more than 30 years of accounting, tax preparation, and consulting experience.  He is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines.  John is a QuickBooks pro-advisor and has experience working with a variety of industries including agriculture, manufacturing, construction, and retail businesses.


Denise Walter is a CPA with over 20 years of experience. She has been with the firm since 2006. Denise is a graduate of Simpson College and has extensive experience working with governments and non-profits, as well as, many years of experience preparing taxes.  Prior to joining the firm, Denise was an auditor for the State of Iowa.


Kathy Sinn is the Office/Payroll Manager and has been with the firm since 2004.  She assists our clients with many aspects of their businesses including accounts payable/receivable, billing, and payroll.    Kathy is the friendly voice that our customers have grown so accustomed to when they call or stop by our Adel office.   She takes great pride in providing top-notch customer service for our clients.

We’ll be by your side, every step of the way.