Wipfli Admits Five Wisconsin Associates to Partner

Milwaukee-based  Wipfli LLP (FY11 net revenue of $136.5 million) recently elected five Wisconsin-based associates to partner. Inga Arendt, Lonny Charles, Lisa Desotelle, Rob Ganschow, and Scott Schumacher were among the seven associates elected to partner across the firm.

Serving the firm for 14 years, Arendt is primarily involved in Financial Accounting Outsourcing (FAO), leading and helping to grow the practice for the firm. Arendt is a certified public accountant, and holds various QuickBooks certifications including Point of Sale and Enterprise Solutions. She is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and of Management Women Inc. Arendt is also on the board for the YWCA of Green Bay-De Pere. She holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Arendt is based in the firm’s Green Bay office.

Charles, who is also based in the firm’s Green Bay office, has worked with the firm for nearly 13 years. Leading the firm’s Eastern Region Business Advisory Services group, Charles works with small to mid-size businesses providing accounting, tax compliance, tax planning, business planning and consulting services to his clients. He is an expert in QuickBooks training and software setups. A certified public accountant, Charles is a member of the WICPA and the AICPA. He is the treasurer and director for Urban Hope, a nonprofit entrepreneurial school that helps people to start their own businesses. Charles earned a bachelor of business administration degree from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Desotelle, who is based in the firm’s Rhinelander office, has over 20 years of experience serving nonprofit organizations and local governments, providing proactive solutions to large, multi-funded organizations with complex accounting issues. A certified public accountant, Desotelle is a member of the AICPA, the WICPA, and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. She holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration and accounting from Montana State University in Billings, Montana.

Based in the firm’s Eau Claire office, Ganschow has worked with the firm’s clients in the not-for-profit and government sectors for more than 19 years. A certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner, Ganschow is a member of the AICPA, the WICPA, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the Government Finance Officers Association, and the Wisconsin Government Finance Officers Association. He is also actively involved in community endeavors, serving as treasurer for the Mondovi Lions Club and as acting leader in the Mondovi Cub Scout Organization. Ganschow holds a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

With over 15 years of experience, Schumacher focuses on providing business consulting to closely held and family-owned businesses in the manufacturing and distribution industry sectors. He is also the leader of Wipfli LLP’s research and development (R&D) tax credit service. Schumacher is a member of the AICPA and the WICPA. He holds a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also holds a certificate in state and local taxation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Schumacher is based out of the firm’s Milwaukee office.

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