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August 2018

Firm news

Smith Schafer & Associates, Ltd. was named a 2018 Top Workplace by the Star Tribune. This is the third consecutive year the firm was recognized. Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction.

Lethert, Skwira, Schultz & Co., LLP turns 100 years old this year. Based in Saint Paul for all 100 years, the firm has held only three different addresses.

Member news

Steven (Steve) Wagner, CPA an MNCPA CPE instructor, won the AICPA's 2017 Outstanding Discussion Leader award.

John (Jack) Burke, CPA, MBT earned a new state fishing record for sturgeon in Minnesota. The fish measured 73 inches long, besting the prior state record by 3 inches. It weighed about 105 pounds.

Jenna Christensen, CPA an audit senior associate with Eide Bailly LLP, was selected to the 2018 AICPA Leadership Academy.

In memoriam

Michael (Mike) Herold, JD passed away unexpectedly on May 26 doing what he loved: running. He was 60. Mike was the director of state and local tax at Eide Bailly, LLP and had been with the team for more than three years. In addition to leading the state and local tax team and growing the practice, Mike authored numerous Footnote articles and regularly presented at MNCPA meetings on sales tax issues impacting members. He was a sought-after resource and will be dearly missed.

New hires

Julie Gilbert, CPA, MBA joined Polaris Industries Inc. as chief customer engagement and growth officer.

Randall (Randy) Zats, CPA, MBA joined The Minikahda Club as controller.


Kyla Hansen, CPA, CVA was named a partner at John A. Knutson & Company PLLP. Kyla joined the firm in 2005.

Steven Hirsch, CPA, MBA, CGMA has received tenure and a promotion to associate professor at Metropolitan State University.

Deborah (Deb) Nelson, CPA was named a partner in Eide Bailly LLP's Minneapolis office.

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