Schmidt Westergard Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Schmidt Westergard & Company of Mesa, Ariz., celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

Started by sole practitioners in 1968, the firm has grown to nearly 40 professionals, including five partners. MP James Schmidt joined the firm Nelson Weatherly Lambson & Olvis in 1983 after experience with Price Waterhouse. He focused on building a formal tax practice and quickly became a partner in 1985. Schmidt was part of the firm’s decision to bring on Lynn Westergard from a Big 4 firm as a partner in 1996. Westergard developed a sophisticated corporate and not-for-profit audit practice. Schmidt became MP for the firm in 2003.

The other partners are Jeffrey Bither, Todd Trendler and Christopher Jones. Bither contributes extensive experience in tax, international tax, estate and personal financial planning. Trendler brings more than 17 years of experience in tax from a Big 4 accounting background. Likewise, Jones joined Schmidt Westergard after large regional firm experience in audits and has worked for more than 13 years in the industry.

“We really see ourselves as a Phoenix firm in one of the most attractive markets for business and real estate growth,” says Schmidt when reflecting on the firm’s legacy and vision. “We can provide that local insight and responsiveness while being connected to national and international resources. It’s a great combination for clients that require agility and proactive consulting.”