Our firm was established in 1981 when Elmer J. Hickman (Joe) began a small CPA practice in his backyard in Garden Ridge, Texas. He started off with just a handful of clients, mostly family and friends. Joe’s dedication to serving has resulted in the steady growth of our clientele over the years. In 2000, his son, Jim Hickman, became a partner and the firm was relocated to New Braunfels, Texas. Darlene Leckrone later joined the firm in 2001.

Joe Hickman, CPA

Joe graduated from Texas A&M in 1954 with a BBA in Accounting. He worked with a national CPA firm in Dallas, Texas, and entered the United States Air Force in 1955. Ten years later, Joe graduated from Michigan State University with an MBA in Accounting & Finance. Following a career in the Air Force, he retired in 1978 and began a second career teaching at Texas State University, retiring the second time after 15 years of teaching. During this period Joe launched his third career in 1981 founding his CPA firm, which he has operated since.

Jim Hickman, CPA

Jim graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1984 with a BBA in Accounting. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1987. Following his graduation, he worked as an auditor with Price Waterhouse in San Antonio for five years. While there he was responsible for planning, managing and overseeing audits of clients ranging in size from Fortune 500 to family-run businesses. He specialized in oil and gas auditing.  In addition to maintaining the IT infrastructure at Hickman & Hickman, his focus has been writing, implementing and supporting specialized software for governmental entities.

Darlene Leckrone, CPA

Darlene graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting in 1993. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 1995, attaining her license while working as an accounting manager for a fortune 500 company in San Antonio, Texas. She has also worked as a controller in the private sector, managing the finance departments of four different divisions. Darlene is the managing partner of our firm.