Great Bend, KS -- Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered (ABBB) is pleased to announce that Chris Halbleib, CPA and Nicole Zink, CPA recently achieved the CPA Green Belt certification with Lean Six Sigma.


“This certification is a testament to both Nicole’s and Chris’ dedication to their work and their clients,” said Brian Staats, CPA, managing partner at ABBB. “We extend sincere congratulations to both of them.”


To earn this certification, participants attend a week long training session to learn the principles of Lean Six Sigma and apply them in simulations.  The participants are then required to facilitate a project at their workplace utilizing the concepts, techniques and project tools applicable to Lean Six Sigma.


These project tools are submitted to a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and graded, to ensure the concepts are being properly applied.  Once approved by the Master Black Belt, the certification process is complete. 


Halbleib joined Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball in 2009 and serves as a senior manager in the firm’s Colby office. He graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 2008. Halbleib is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA) and Kansas State University Alumni Association. He currently resides in Oakley, Kansas with his wife, Jessica, and their three children.


Zink joined the firm in 2012 and currently serves as a manager in the Great Bend office. She received both her Master of Accountancy and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees from Kansas State University. Zink is a member of the AICPA and the Central Kansas Chapter of the KSCPA. Zink is a current resident of Claflin, Kansas.


Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered provides a wide range of traditional and non-traditional CPA and consulting services to clients throughout Kansas, including agriculture organizations, construction companies, feed yards, financial institutions, governmental and not-for-profit organizations, manufacturers, medical practices, oil and gas companies, professional service firms, real estate companies and small businesses. Founded in 1945, today the firm maintains 13 office locations throughout the state. For more information about Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, please visit