With nearly 20 years of experience, Chris provides audit, accounting and business consulting services to clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, consumer products, telecommunications, trucking and logistics. He specializes in providing financial statement audit and assurance services to privately held companies, but his expertise goes beyond compliance services as he helps businesses with strategic decisions.

Chris leads the firm’s assurance practice. He is responsible for audit execution, staff training, strategic direction, and business development, and identifies specialty audit services that can benefit the firm’s clients. The specialty audit services that he strategically leads include SOC reviews (formerly SAS 70), internal audits, internal control reviews (both IT and financial controls), risk assessments and more. He is a firm-wide advisor on complex audit and accounting matters.

Key accomplishments

  • Seamlessly transitioned the audit of a transportation company from a national accounting firm to Schenck so the client could benefit from timely assistance and experience our integrated approach to client service.
  • Determined that a growing mid-size manufacturer could benefit from a wider range of expertise and services than their local accounting firm could provide.
  • Provided new recommendations to enhance their business as their complex tax, audit and consulting needs evolved.
  • Identified numerous improvement opportunities to clients’ accounting processes and provided recommendations to improve their procedures.
  • Served as a client’s internal controls project manager for approximately 18 months and successfully enhanced internal controls; ensured testing was completed timely and efficiently; communicated progress to management; and successfully transitioned responsibilities to internal personnel upon project completion.
  • Assisted clients in acquisition due diligence, including analysis of projected impact on operating results and strategic fit.

Education

St. Norbert College, BBA

Professional memberships

  • Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Community involvement

  • St. Norbert College, Career Services Advisory Board
  • St. Norbert College Alumni Volunteer
  • Resurrection Catholic School, Auction Committee
  • Youth Baseball, Basketball and Soccer Coach

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What our clients say

“It is nice to work with a regional accounting firm that is focused on companies our size. We are treated like an 'A' client. Our audit committee is impressed with Schenck’s candid feedback and the strategic direction they provide. The leaders on the job are consistent and take the time to understand our business and our goals.” - Bob Kamphuis, CEO, President, Chairman of the Board, Mayville Engineering Company, Inc.
“Schenck has provided invaluable service and advice to me, to Johnsonville Sausage, and to the entire Stayer family for the past 11 years. I have found the Schenck team to be extremely proactive in strategy and their client service is second to none. They are more than an accounting firm; they are true partners in our success.” - Ralph Stayer, CEO, Johnsonville Sausage, LLC
“Schenck has served as a key player in FEECO’s success over the years. Our business has grown and expanded to serve new markets, and Schenck has the depth of personnel to continue to meet our increasingly complex accounting and tax needs. I appreciate their timely and responsive service throughout the year.” - Dan Madigan, President, FEECO International