Chief Financial Officer
Kay Auer serves as Chief Financial Officer of WaterWalk International LLC and Senior Vice President – Finance of Consolidated Holdings, Inc. Kay is a corporate finance executive with an extensive background in the hospitality, franchising and service industries.
Kay started her career in 1989 at Ernst & Young in Wichita, Kansas. She first met Jack DeBoer while working on EY’s audit staff. Two of her local clients were DeBoer brands, Residence Inn and Summerfield Suites. Kay transitioned to the tax consulting division in EY’s Entrepreneurial Services Group in 1993 and was promoted to Manager in 1994.
In 1997, Kay was recruited to Gates Enterprises, Inc. where she served as Vice President – Finance and Treasurer. Kay oversaw the accounting, finance, IT and human resources for Pizza Hut restaurants, Rent-A-Center stores, and several other independently owned businesses. While at Gates, Kay upgraded the accounting and point-of-sale systems for all businesses, started a regional restaurant chain, completed the acquisition accounting for the Rent-A-Center stores, and structured the sale of multiple businesses to maximize profit and minimize the tax impact. Kay also actively participated on the Insurance Committee for the International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association.
In 2007, Kay joined Value Place as Chief Financial Officer. During her tenure, the Company grew from 75 to 179 locations and revenue more than doubled. Kay was instrumental in the Company’s leadership and growth particularly related to financing, real estate closings, and construction monitoring. Kay was recognized by Wichita Business Journal in its inaugural 2010 CFO Awards. She left Value Place in 2012 to accept the role of Chief Financial Officer at Quality Solutions, Inc., a facilities management firm located in Colwich, Kansas.
Kay rejoined Jack DeBoer, David Redfern and Jon Wohlfert to build the WaterWalk brand in October 2014.
Kay graduated from the University of Iowa in May 1989 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. She is certified as a CPA in the State of Kansas and is a member of both the AICPA and KSCPA. Kay lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Joe. Kay and Joe have two adult children.