Managing Director, Shareholder
Michael serves as managing director and is responsible for all operational aspects of the firm. In addition to overseeing management and marketing efforts, Michael also oversees all technical aspects of the firm’s audit, tax and consulting areas. Michael joined the firm in 1998 after completing his accounting studies at College of DuPage. After earning his CPA in 2000, he was made partner in 2002, assuming the role of managing director in 2010.
In addition to his role at J.S. Richter, Ltd., Michael is also managing partner of International Attest Solutions, LLC (“IAS”) which he founded together with partner Antoine Guillaud in 2009. IAS, also a CPA firm, provides similar services as J.S. Richter, Ltd. for US subsidiaries of French owned companies.
Prior to working at J.S. Richter, Michael had an 11-year long career as an engineer, after earning his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1987. During his career as an engineer, Michael gained extensive expertise in the area of machine tools working for Dörries-Scharmann (now DST Technologies) and later as controls engineering manager for Reichel & Drews (RDI Group) where he specialized in process automation and controls design. Michael’s background in engineering and especially as a manager for a manufacturing company, allows him to much better understand his clients’ businesses since many are in similar industries. In addition, his technical knowledge and experience has been a driving force in advancing the modernization of the firm’s accounting and tax practice, utilizing advanced software and hardware technologies to allow our staff to perform more efficiently and give our clients better access to information.
Michael is a member of the AIPCA and the Illinois CPA society. In addition to his CPA certification, he also carries the CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant) credential.
While not at work, Michael is an avid do-it-yourselfer tackling all sorts of remodeling and construction projects at home. Michael and his wife Jamie reside in Naperville with their two daughters. While their older daughter completes her studies in journalism, their younger daughter is an aspiring dancer and competes at a national level.