Who We Are

Sales Tax Assurance (STA) provides Texas jurisdictions with local sales tax revenue recovery, enhancement and administrative services.  The company was founded in 2007 and currently has offices in Austin and Houston.  The firm’s growing list of over 80 Texas local governments covers a broad range of sales/use tax receipts, geographical areas and boundary complexities.  STA identifies missing, under-reported and misallocated sales and use tax errors and omissions which can result in recovered revenue.


Key staff have spent over 65 years working inside the Texas Comptroller’s office. This experience provides an unmatched level of credibility in interactions with Comptroller personnel and a unique insight into interpreting information provided by the Comptroller.

Gil Rodriquez, Executive Vice President

Gil provides day-to-day operations management for Sales Tax Assurance.  He provides expertise in sales tax administration, compliance reviews and special area studies.  Gil joined the company in 2008.

Richard Fletcher, Vice President of Marketing and Sales

Richard is the key communications interface with our clients.  Richard attended the University of Houston and has extensive marketing and sales experience providing financial-related services to Texas local governments.  Richard joined the company in 2014 and manages the Houston regional office.

Linda Brown, Director of Operations

Linda manages the research and sales/use tax problem resolution operations of the company. She manages all the operational processes which are utilized for all client sales tax review projects.  Linda is a graduate of Texas State University and was employed by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for 26 years in Austin from 1987 through 2013 in various administrative analyst capacities, including businesses’ account maintenance.  Linda joined the company in 2013.

Paula Barr, Director of Client Services

Paula is a graduate of Gettysburg College and joined the company in 2016.  She works out of the Austin office.  Paula has extensive client support and chief executive experience in the financial services industry and in Texas local government.

Ernestina S. Rodriquez, Senior Advisor

Tina has over 28 years of experience working in all areas of the Texas State Comptroller’s Office.  She served as a key aide, researcher, analyst and special projects expert in the Sales and Use Tax Allocation Department.  Her extensive experience with the internal workings of the state’s tax collection and allocation process provides STA unique insight in designing processes to interpret data, identify problems and create solutions.

Robert Taylor, Senior Advisor

Bob has over 30 years of business experience with large multi-national corporations, including chief executive assignments.  He is a past Commissioner, Treasurer and President of a Texas Emergency Services District with a sales and use tax.  He understands the limitations of a government’s staff support and the importance of assuring the sales revenues are correct.

Andy Nickerson, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Nickerson possesses over 25 years of experience working with local government agencies on programs to enhance sales tax, property tax, RDA tax increment and documentary transfer tax revenues.  He has been instrumental in guiding market expansion and new product development for the affiliated HdL Companies.  He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the sales tax programs and services.  Throughout his career, he has been involved in various municipal organizations including The League of California Cities, California Society of Municipal Finance Officers and California Redevelopment Association. Mr. Nickerson has Bachelor of Science degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Jeff Schmehr, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Schmehr is the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for the HdL Companies.  He has held both positions with the companies since 2005.  In addition, Mr. Schmehr is the Trustee for the HdL 401(k) Plan and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board for Prospectors Federal Credit Union.  He also serves as President of the Koll Diamond Bar Association.  Mr. Schmehr has over 20 years of business operation and management experience, including a previous position as an Area Finance Manager for Coca-Cola Enterprises.  Mr. Schmehr earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

STA is currently a proud sponsor of the following organizations:

Austin Location
8700 Manchaca Rd, Suite 106
Austin, Texas 78748

Houston Location
9039 Katy Fwy, Suite 220
Houston, Texas 77024