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Bernard (Ben) J. Schultz, CPA/PFS, CIA

A Certified Public Accountant, Personal Financial Specialist and Certified Internal Auditor with 15+ years of tax, 'Big 4' public accounting and auditing experience in manufacturing, agriculture, retail, insurance, financial, and professional service industries.

Ben is a business consultant and financial analyst focused on managing risk and creating value for his clients. He is driven by client relationships and is a relentless problem solver with a positive track record of identifying and implementing solutions to positively improve organizational systems and processes.  He currently specializes in small business accounting, taxation and internal audit consulting. 

His professional career started as a financial analyst for a window & door company in Cincinnati; then, joined public accounting firm, Ernst & Young, in Columbus.  In 2010, Ben joined a Fortune 100 insurance company headquartered in Columbus and later returned to public accounting. 

EXPERIENCE

  • individual and business tax planning and preparation

  • financial accounting and reporting

  • family-owned businesses

  • financial services

  • IT and operational auditing

  • internal controls

  • enterprise risk management

  • strategic sourcing

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), State of Ohio

  • Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), American Institute of CPAs

  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Institute of Internal Auditors

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Member of the American Institute of CPAs

  • Tax preparer through Tax Time, a network of organizations that works to provide free tax assistance services and connect low- and moderate-income households to financial resources.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accountingcum laude, Northern Kentucky University (AACSB accredited)

 

Tanner Krauth, CPA

A Certified Public Accountant with 5+ years of corporate accounting and finance experience with Fortune 100 companies.

Tanner is always seeking to add value to the businesses and individuals he works with. He loves working with businesses to understand how their business operates, so he can identify financial and operational areas of improvement and implement creative solutions that save time, money and stress.  He is energized by solving problems and thinking of unique ways to address the issues his clients are facing.

His professional career started as an internal audit intern with a Fortune 100 company in Columbus, Ohio. He then transitioned to Findlay, Ohio to work for a Fortune 100 oil & gas company as a cost analyst. He returned to Columbus in 2016 to work for a specialty retail company performing inventory management and financial reporting activities. He is excited to bring this passion for problem solving from corporate accounting to local businesses and individuals.

EXPERIENCE

  • Financial accounting and reporting

  • Budgeting and forecasting

  • Corporate controllership

  • Data analytics

  • Inventory management

  • Process automation/improvement

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant, State of Ohio

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organization that provides positive, adult relationships to school-aged kids who need them

  • Volunteer through Local Matters, a Columbus based organization that provides cooking classes and food education to those in need

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business