Baker Tilly names 12 new partners

CHICAGO –  Accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) has named twelve new Partners.

Twelve New Partners

Angela Achenbach specializes in serving the construction and real estate industries. She is a member of the Wisconsin and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee, the Construction Financial Management Association, and the Affordable Housing Association of CPAs. Angie earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater. She is a member of the firm’s Construction/Real Estate team and resides in Milwaukee.

Todd Bernhardt is a member of the firm’s Retail Services team and specializes in auditing and financial reporting for mid-market companies. Todd is a member of the American and Wisconsin Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, the Wisconsin Grocers Association, the National Association of Convenience stores, the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association and the Rosenberry Society of the United Way. He holds an IFRS certification and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Todd resides in the firm’s Madison office.

Frank Nardi resides in the firm’s Chicago office and is a member of the Construction and Real Estate industry team. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from St. John’s University, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from S.U.N.Y. College at Old Westbury. Frank’s professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, the International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Affordable Housing Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Joshua Meinen specializes in serving manufacturers and distributors, including expertise with life science/emerging technology companies. He is a member of the American and Wisconsin Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, Financial Executives International, the Wisconsin Innovation Network, and BioForward. Josh earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin–LaCrosse. He is a member of the firm’s Manufacturing and Distribution team and is located in the Madison office.

Peter Pearce is a member of the firm’s consulting practice and specializes in enterprise business system implementations. Peter focuses his work in the manufacturing industry with specific emphasis on the automotive, commercial, and defense sectors. Currently, Peter is a leader in the Plex Online Software-as-a-Service practice. Peter earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from Western Michigan University. He is located in the Detroit Office.

Brian Quandt specializes in strategic tax planning and transaction services, client relationship management, and business/tax consulting. He works closely with clients in the manufacturing, professional services, and hospitality industries. Brian holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Masters of Accountancy in Tax from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the American and Wisconsin Institutes of Certified Public Accountants.

David Johnson is a member of the Firm’s Assurance Operations team where he assists Firm leadership in creating and administering effective quality assurance practices. Prior to joining the Firm’s Assurance Operations team, David served privately-held businesses in the manufacturing and distribution industries. David graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Marketing. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and resides in the Madison Office.

Jason Page provides attest services to privately-held manufacturing and commercial clients as well as SEC reporting entities. In addition, Jason has specific experience related to International Financial Reporting Standards. His professional memberships include the American and Wisconsin Institutes of Certified Public Accountants. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.

James Smolinski, a member of the firm’s Assurance Operations team, assists firm leadership in creating and administering effective quality assurance practices. He is a member of the Wisconsin and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants. Jim graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Jim resides in the Madison Office.

Sean Sant has significant experience in tax compliance and consulting with a concentration in serving privately-held companies and their business owners. Sean’s professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. Sean is a distinguished graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn with degrees in Professional Accounting, Information Systems and Managerial Economics. He attended Walsh College where he earned a Master of Science in Taxation. Sean is a member of the firm’s Construction Real Estate Team in the Detroit office.

Kevin Schalk has been serving financial institutions since 2000 with significant emphasis on mortgage banking. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Carroll College. Kevin is a member of the American and Wisconsin Institutes of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Managers Society – Wisconsin Chapter. Kevin resides in the Milwaukee office.

Kurt Schroeder leads the Growth Strategies consulting practice within consulting. With over 25 years of experience, he has a diverse industry background including agricultural, manufacturing, financial services, medical device, insurance and consumer packaged goods. Known for his outstanding organizational and consulting skills, Kurt has a thorough knowledge of market research, planning, segmentation, demand generation, opportunity management, and account management processes. Kurt holds a Six Sigma Black Belt and is a graduate of Concordia University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Computer Science.

Christopher VanStraten specializes in providing comprehensive services to the health care industry with an emphasis on dental and physician practices, and is the Wisconsin Firm Leader for Baker Tilly’s health care practice. Chris also provides comprehensive financial and tax services to commercial services clients focused on professional services and retail industries. Chris’ professional memberships include the Wisconsin and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, the Academy of Dental CPAs, the Medical Group Management Association, and the National CPA Health Care Advisors Association. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Chris is located in the Appleton Office.

About Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (bakertilly.com)

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) is a nationally recognized, full-service accounting and advisory firm whose specialized professionals connect with clients and their businesses through refreshing candor and clear industry insight. With approximately 2,700 employees across the United States, Baker Tilly is ranked as one of the 15 largest accounting and advisory firms in the country. Headquartered in Chicago, Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and business advisory firms in 147 countries, with 30,000 professionals. The combined worldwide revenue of independent member firms is $3.2 billion.