Keith Ekenseair

Audit Partner

Keith Ekenseair, CPA

Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Direct Line: 479.695.4320
Area of Specialty: Manufacturing, SEC engagements, Governmental and non-profit.

Education: B.S. in Accounting, University of Mississippi

Professional Experience:

Audit Partner and formerly the CFO for a manufacturing company that had approximately $550 million in annual revenue, 5,500 employees and 24 locations throughout the United States and Mexico. Keith serves as the engagement or colleague reviewer on multiple SEC clients and heads up our Northwest Arkansas office.

States Licensed and License Numbers:

Arkansas: #4250
Florida: #AC50994

Professional Associations:

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants
Board Member of Bikes, Blues, and BBQ

Other than work, I enjoy spending time with my family and riding my Harley Davidson through the scenic roads in Northwest Arkansas. I also enjoy my active participation as a Board Member of Bikes, Blues & BBQ, which conducts a safe, fun and family-friendly motorcycle rally dedicated to providing funding to local charities.”

Q & A with Keith Ekenseair

What’s it like working for Frost?

Totally rewarding.

How would you compare your work style with the work style of your peers?

Intense but totally worth it.

Who is (or was) the most influential person in your career?

Jim Alford

What’s your proudest achievement?

Being humble.

What motivates you?

The desire to learn new things, the desire to serve my clients’ needs, and the desire to win.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

Seems I was drinking and can’t remember.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Retired and relaxed.

Teach me something I don’t know.

Change is good.

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?

Let kids ride it, just having a blast.

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

What’s up and want to chill?

What’s the toughest business decision that you’ve ever made?

Having to fire a co-worker and friend at work.

What nugget of wisdom would you offer aspiring accountants?

Make an impression and do whatever it takes to do a great job.

What’s the most dramatic change that you’ve seen in our industry?

Paperless, and it’s great.

As an Audit Partner, what is your biggest focus?

Clients, they give us the opportunity to make a difference.

What brings you the most satisfaction in your role?


What role do you play at Frost?

Whatever it takes to get the job done well.

What motivates you?

Self pride

Why do customers choose Frost?

Because we are great folks to work with and can make a difference in their life.

What is it about accounting that first drew your interest?

I did not know what accounting was about so I took a course in college.  The rest is history.

What can we learn from the past in accounting and auditing?

Accounting is not black and white.

Without using names, describe your favorite client and why do you enjoy working with them?

Too many to describe but generally are honest, humble and great individuals.

A Little More About Keith

Personal Inspirational Quote:

“Cream rises to the top.”

Favorite vacation:

The beach.


Riding my Harley Davidson.

Favorite films:

Hog Wild

Books currently reading:

John Grishman’s latest

The word that best describes you:


Relax when not working:

Sitting at the beach

Desert Island Wish List:

Along with my beautiful wife

Most prized possession:

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