Management

Professionalism, preparation, passion and pride are the four primary components that comprise our “Commitment to Excellence” – the single most important reason why we’ve been successful for more than 45 years. Our commitment to excellence explains how we achieve the highest business standards on your behalf. It is what assures that you will receive the quality service you expect and deserve.

Our partners bring, on average, more than 40 years of professional accounting expertise to the firm. They possess a keen understanding of the accounting and related professional services through a strong and varied professional background with small, medium and large CPA firms.

 

Mike Blanski, Chicago CPA

Michael Blanski

Michael Blanski, CPA, MST & Associate CFE

Michael has been a member of the firm for more than 30 years, and its President since 1995. He is in charge of certified audits, while also overseeing tax planning, research and review.

Michael is experienced in litigation support services having served numerous times as an expert witness. He works with closely-held corporations as well as the not-for-profit sector. In addition, his expertise also spans pension and welfare funds, as well as unions, where he has expedited and certified election results.

During his work as a CPA, Michael has concentrated on commercial and not-for-profit audits. His tax work has also included partnerships, personal, and consolidated corporate tax returns.

Michael received his Masters of Science in taxation from DePaul University, while also earning his B.S. from DePaul, where he was an Illinois State Scholarship recipient. He is a member of Delta Sigma Pi, National Business Fraternity, the Illinois CPA Society, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and an Associate Member of the Chicago Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners.

 

Jerold Jerry Graff, Chicago CPA

Jerold Graff

Jerold Graff, CPA & CFE

Jerry brings more than five decades of public accounting experience to the firm. He was a founding partner of the firm (1968), now a partner emeritus, as well as of counsel to the firm. Jerry earned both his A.B. and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. During his education at the University of Chicago, he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business school honors society.

Jerry has conducted numerous fraud audits for both the private and public (government) sectors. He is experienced with the Federal District Courts, Illinois Circuit Courts, Illinois Commerce Commission and Arbitration Hearings. Jerry has been a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for nearly 10 years. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and Institute of Management Accountants.

 

Patrick Karpowicz, CPA, Tax Principal

Patrick Karpowicz, tax manager, Chicago, Illinois

Patrick Karpowicz

Patrick has been offering proactive, strategic tax planning and technical advice to his clients for more than 30 years. He also has extensive background in S corporations, partnerships, LLC’s and corporate entities. Patrick also has experience with tax issues involving not-for-profit entities, including preparing the documentation required to obtain tax exempt status. He is well versed with federal and state tax compliance issues including assisting clients in audits and representing clients before the IRS.

A graduate of Aquinas College, Patrick received his MS degree in Taxation from Grand Valley State University. He is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a registered National Social Security Advisor. Patrick has served on the Board of the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce and is involved with the Lincoln Park Community Shelter and the Lakeview Food Pantry along with other charitable organizations.

 

Alex Kim

Alex Kim, CPA & CFE, Audit Principal

Alex has been with the firm since 1999. He received his B.S. in accounting from the University of Illinois Chicago and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. Alex’s primary focus is Employee Benefit Plans and Closely Held Corporations. He is a member of the Illinois CPA Society, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.