Meet Your Personal Tax Advisor

Gwendolyn Standberry Evans

Gwen is a professional with a unique combination of tax policy, management, and leadership skills. She has over 30 years of tax experience as a corporate employee and business owner.

Gwen began her tax career as a state auditor with The Florida Department of Revenue, auditing state sales, use, income, and motor fuel taxes. After 10 years, she transitioned into Corporate America working for Raytheon Company in various capacities, including managing the sales, use, property, and income tax compliance and audit functions; leading tax initiatives/special projects; handling tax legislation and policy matters; providing technical research and training; managing the pursuit of credits and incentives; developing strategic tax planning ideas; and overseeing tax-related system implementations. After hitting a glass ceiling, she joined Ryan LLC, specializing in multi-state and local tax legislative and regulatory analysis, developing and executing tax policy strategies, and providing advocacy services. Her success helped to create this new venture, RyanWest LLC.

Gwen is an experienced business owner. She is the founder of A & G Evans Management, Inc., a family business formed June 2000. The business clientele included Hardeman’s Barbeque, Henderson Chicken, Starlite Marketing, TinMan Enterprises, Apex Engineered Solutions, and other small businesses and individuals. She operated the business for 10 years before deciding to focus 100% of her time on her corporate career.
  • Nationally Certified by the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council, RyanWest, 2017 to current
  • Small Business Enterprise Certification, RyanWest, 2017 to current
  • Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Certified, RyanWest, 2017 to curent
  • Certified Member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, Gwendolyn S. Evans, 2002 to current
  • Diverse Organization of Firms (formerly Division of Firms, a spinoff from NABA) Executive Board, 2020 to current
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Board of Directors, 2013 to 2019
  • Trumpets4Kids Foundation Board of Directors, 2011 to 2015
  • Institute for Professionals in Taxation Board of Governors, 2009 to 2012 and 2007 to 2008
  • Raytheon Finance Shared Services Diversity Council, 2007 to 2011
  • A & G Evans Management, Inc. Board of Directors, 2000 to 2010
  • Nubian Queens Investment Club Board of Directors and President, 1995 to 2005

Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA)

  • Member of Tax Policy Committee, 2013 to current

Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT)

  • Member of Annual Conference Property Tax Committee, 2021
  • Member of Outreach Committee, 2019 to current
  • Chair of University Relations Committee, 2015 to current
  • Chair of Mentoring Committee, 2012 to 2014
  • Co-Chair of Advanced Sales and Use Tax Academy, 2012 to 2013
  • Member of Advanced Sales and Use Tax Academy, 2003 to 2011

Louisiana Association of Tax Administrators (LATA)

  • Member of Industry Committee, 2013 to current

Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA)

  • Member of Tax Policy Committee, 2011 to 2020

State of Texas

  • Member of Texas Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee, 2009-2013 (appointed by Governor Rick Perry)
  • Member of Texas Comptroller’s Tax Policy Committee, 2003 to 2006

Interstate Tax Corporation

  • Speaker at Annual Sales & Use Tax Planning Conference, 2015 to current. Topic: Ethics & Managing the Sales and Use Tax Function and Preparing for Audits and Litigation
  • Speaker at Advanced Sales and Use Tax Conference, 2018 to current.  Topic: Ethics and Procedural Issues

Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT)

  • Instructor and Breakout Facilitator at Sales and Use Tax School II,
    2018 to current. Topics: Advanced Construction Contracting and Tax Planning
  • Session Leader/Facilitator at Advanced Sales and Use Tax Academy, 2013, 2008, 2005, and 2003
  • Instructor and Breakout Facilitator at Sales and Use Tax School II, 2009 to 2013. Topic: Tax Planning
  • Instructor and Breakout Facilitator at Sales and Use Tax School I, 2005 to 2008.  Topic: Contracting
  • Speaker at Sales and Use Tax Symposium, 2004

Council on State Taxation (COST)

  • Speaker at Great Issues Conference, 2006. Topic: Tax Planning when Partnering with Corporate Government Affairs

RyanWest, LLC

RyanWest is a tax services firm offering multi-jurisdictional services to a diversified client base.

Tax departments are often overwhelmed with their current workflow. Our solution is to
work with your tax team to first understand your business and then thoroughly evaluate
and identify appropriate tax savings. We stay on top of changes in policy, tax laws, and
codes to keep your business compliant. Our team supports your ability to meet the
challenges of a dynamic regulatory climate, with the goal of mitigating future risk and
delivering outstanding shareholder value. Our experience and expertise will enhance your bottom-line through discovery, evaluation, strategic planning, and defense.

With extensive experience in tax policy and dispute resolution, RyanWest ensures that our clients pay only their fair share of taxes. We represent our clients’ interests during tax audits and perform comprehensive transaction audits to recover overpayments and provide a suite of tax compliance services that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their tax departments. We help clients realize the full potential of tax technology solutions, whether it’s the automation of tax return preparation or the full-scale implementation of a tax decision-making software application. And our full-service approach also helps companies realize and maximize the full benefits of the many available tax credits and incentives.