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GJM Staff Announcements

Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) has announced some key promotions and new staff members that strengthen the Firm and its leadership team. The promotions are effective January 1, 2019.

Judy Anderson Gilmore Jasion MahlerJudy Anderson and Matt Cavanagh are promoted to partner. Anderson, a Toledo native and graduate of The University of Toledo has been with the firm for 11 years. She has over twenty years of experience in public accounting and in the healthcare industry. A member of Gilmore Jasion Mahler’s healthcare and outsourced accounting group, she works with many of the Firm’s healthcare clients providing practice management and consulting services.  

Matt Cavanagh Gilmore Jasion MahlerCavanagh, a Bowling Green native and BGSU graduate, joined Gilmore Jasion Mahler in November of 2005. Also a member of the Firm’s healthcare team, Matt’s focus is healthcare services. His expertise is in ambulatory surgery centers, outsourced accounting, practice management and modeling.

“Judy and Matt are already valued members of our leadership team,” says Gilmore Jasion Mahler Managing Partner Kevin Gilmore. ”Their hard work and dedication have strengthened our healthcare specialty and the Firm as a whole. I’m thrilled to see them both reach partner level.”

Nikki Clement Gilmore Jasion MahlerThe Firm also announced some other key promotions. Partner Nikki Clement has been named managing partner of Gilmore Jasion Mahler’s Findlay office. Partner Mike Brough will lead growth efforts for the Findlay office. Nikki Clement's focus is the utilities industry. She specializes in accounting for regulated utilities.

Mike Brough Gilmore Jasion MahlerMike Brough works across a number of industries including manufacturing & distribution, government, and nonprofit operations.

Steve Miller is being promoted to senior manager. Both Ryan Avery and Ryan Emerson are promoted to supervisor and Nick Jackson is promoted to senior associate.

Earlier in the year, Diane Stretten and Mary Jo Pitzen were promoted to senior manager. Andrea Jennex moved up to supervisor in the GJM Findlay office. Ben Lochbihler was promoted to manager and Corey Selhorst, Lauren Grana and Clay Barron were all promoted to senior associate.

The Firm also brought on well over a dozen new employees in 2018 to further strengthen GJM’s administrative team and client service. They include Elijah Blackburn, Alyssa Essert, Alexandria Frances, Courtney Haas, Nicole Hartranft, Jennifer Henning, Dana Herr, Thomas Keyser, Jessica Knepper, Dylon Lause, Wendy Long, Tim Merkel, Madeline Mielcarek, Caleb Neeper, Joe Osentoski, Tina Rochowiak and Logan Sager.

“I couldn’t be happier with the staff we have in place headed into 2019,” says Gilmore. “When you have great people, great things happen. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish at a team.”

Established in 1996, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) is the largest public accounting firm in Northwest Ohio, with offices in Maumee and Findlay. Locally owned, GJM offers cloud-based accounting services and provides comprehensive services including assurance, business advisory, tax, risk advisory, healthcare management and outsourced accounting. The Firm’s professionals specialize in industries including construction & real estate, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution and utilities.

Welcome, Wendy!

Wendy Long Gilmore Jasion MahlerThere are quite a few new faces at Gilmore Jasion Mahler this year. We’d like to welcome Wendy Long on board as a tax manager. Here’s a chance to get to know Wendy a bit better…

What will you be doing at GJM: I will be reviewing both individual and small business returns as well as help in the training of interns/new young staff starting their careers.

When did you start with the firm? August 27, 2018.

Why did you choose the accounting industry? I had planned on being a child psychiatrist but decided that was too long to be in school and switched to business and ended up in accounting.

What do you like best about accounting? I enjoy helping clients keep their finances straight and helping them grow their businesses. Public accounting also allows for flexibility in my schedule so that I can enjoy activities outside of work.

Are you from the Toledo area originally? If not, where are you from? I've lived in Toledo my entire life.

What do you like about living in Northwest Ohio? I like that NW Ohio has four seasons and the weather is never too extreme one way or another.  

Do you have any pets, hobbies, family? I have one dog, a chocolate lab named Lucy.  I like to golf, figure skate and snow ski (when time permits) as well as weight training and running most days. I have three children, Zachary age 28, Ben age 25 and Sam age 20. They all live in Columbus so I spend a lot of time there. The older two are OSU Alumni and Sam is currently attending OSU. 

How do you like to spend your free time? I exercise daily, like to run 5K races and walk Lucy. Zachary and Ben play water polo so I attend their games/tournaments when I can. Sam plays baseball and just recently earned a spot on the Ohio State varsity baseball team, so I am excited to watch his fall baseball.   

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? I used to figure skate competitively and learned to skate in Bowling Green, Ohio with Scott Hamilton.

Established in 1996, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) is the largest public accounting firm in Northwest Ohio, with offices in Maumee and Findlay. Locally owned, GJM offers cloud-based accounting services and provides comprehensive services including assurance, business advisory, tax, risk advisory and healthcare management. The Firm’s professionals specialize in industries including construction & real estate, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution and utilities.

Get to Know GJM’s New Marketing Assistant

Courtney Haas Gilmore Jasion MahlerWe’re pleased to welcome a new marketing assistant to the firm. Here’s a chance to meet Courtney Haas in this Q&A.

Describe your role at GJM: My role at GJM as a marketing assistant is to bring positive attention to our firm. My job is to share information about who we are and what we do at Gilmore Jasion Mahler! My job duties include adding content to our website/social media pages, preparing proposals and materials for client meetings, assisting in coordination of our manufacturing roundtable events, overseeing promotional products, etc.

When did you start working at GJM? August 20, 2018

Why did you choose the accounting industry? I did not choose the accounting industry, the accounting industry chose me! I chose the marketing industry as a way to express my creative, outgoing nature. I chose to major in marketing knowing that I could use my knowledge and experience in various business settings.

What do you like best about accounting? I knew nothing about accounting marketing when I came on board. My position gives me an opportunity to use my creativity and I've already learned so much. The thought of finding something I’m passionate about and spreading the word to others seems second-nature. I never have been one to keep quiet, so when I find something I love, I want everyone else to know about it too! I enjoy creating new relationships as well as researching different ways individuals perceive information and doing my best to find the most successful outlet(s).

Are you from the Toledo area originally? If not, where are you from? Yes, I was born and raised in the Toledo area. I graduated from Springfield High School and am currently a senior at the University of Toledo, majoring in marketing and minoring in international business.

What do you like about living in Northwest Ohio? I love experiencing all four seasons. Just when we get comfortable with one season, another is on its way! I also love that we’re in a great spot to be traveling to nearby cities… Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh are all just a quick drive away!

Anything you’d like to share about your past professional experience? I previously worked at Midland Title, a local title insurance company. There, I worked as an escrow processor. My role at Midland Title was to work with various lenders to develop the closing disclosures for clients prior to closing on their property. After closing, I disbursed the file, wired funds, sent documents to the county for recording, etc.

Courtney Haas Skydiving Gilmore Jasion MahlerDo you have any pets, hobbies, family? I do not currently have any pets but that may not last much longer! I am the youngest of three in my family. I have two older brothers, Matt and Justin. My parents, along with Matt and myself live in the area. Justin lives in Pittsburgh which gives me a great reason to visit!

How do you like to spend your free time? Unfortunately the majority of my spare time is spent doing homework as I finish my marketing degree at the University of Toledo! Aside from that, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. Most of my long weekends are spent visiting friends in Cleveland, Pittsburgh or even Traverse City! I love to be as adventurous as my schedule and bank account will allow! My latest adrenaline rush came from a spontaneous sky diving experience!

Are you involved in any community organizations, do any volunteer work? I volunteer regularly for Acoustics for Autism. I am excited to be more involved in volunteer work through GJM!

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? I just returned from a 10-day trip to Spain & Italy! I travelled to Barcelona, Milan and Rome through the College of Business at UT. While the trip was shorter than I would have preferred, I learned a great deal in those 10 days! Most importantly being the extent to which Italians worship wine and pasta – from that I’ve learned, I OBVIOUSLY have a little Italian in my blood! Truthfully, it was one of the most amazing, educational trips I have ever been on and I am looking forward to traveling in the future.

Established in 1996, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) is the largest public accounting firm in Northwest Ohio, with offices in Maumee and Findlay. Locally owned, GJM offers cloud-based accounting services and provides comprehensive services including assurance, business advisory, tax, risk advisory and healthcare management. The Firm’s professionals specialize in industries including construction & real estate, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution and utilities.

We’re Still Growing. Welcome, Alex!

GJM is growing! We’re excited to welcome Alex Francis to the team as an accounting services senior associate. Here’s a chance to get to know Alex a bit.

Describe your role at GJM: I assist with 401(k) plan administration. This is a little bit of an adjustment from my previous roles but I’m excited to learn more.

When did you start working at GJM? August 20, 2018.

Why did you choose the accounting industry? I chose by accident! I was looking for an opportunity that would allow me to grow professionally and use some of my experience from my past position. I feel so fortunate to have been selected and am continuously impressed by GJM.

Are you from the Toledo area originally? If not, where are you from? My parents were both in the military so I was actually born in Germany. I have lived in Ohio the majority of my life and graduated from Perrysburg High School. I attended BGSU for undergrad (Healthcare Administration) and grad school (MBA).

What do you like about living in Northwest Ohio? I love that NW Ohio is close to everything and that it’s continuously growing! 

Do you have any pets, hobbies, family? I have one younger sister, Lisa (she’s the pretty lady on the right in the picture). We are exactly 15 months and 1 week apart in age. She is having her first child and I’m so excited to be a first-time aunt! I also have a sweet little pup named Lily. In my completely biased opinion, she’s the cutest dog—definitely the most spoiled too! I also love to bake and I’m slowly but surely getting better.

How do you like to spend your free time?  I love spending time with my family/friends. I’m currently on a podcast kick so I’m always looking for new ones to listen to while I’m driving. I love exploring new places so I’m always making an effort to take a trip out of NW Ohio. I recently went to D.C. and had a chance to attend the Quicken National—easily one of my most memorable trips!

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? That I was born in Germany! Sadly, I can’t remember much of my time there and have not been back since we moved. It’s definitely on my list of places to go!

Are you involved in any community organizations, do any volunteer work? I’ve have been fortunate enough to spend the past three years working with a variety of non-profits through a committee in my previous role. I love to volunteer whenever I have the chance.

Established in 1996, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) is the largest public accounting firm in Northwest Ohio, with offices in Maumee and Findlay. Locally owned, GJM offers cloud-based accounting services and provides comprehensive services including assurance, business advisory, tax, risk advisory and healthcare management. The Firm’s professionals specialize in industries including construction & real estate, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution and utilities.

Find Your Passion, Join a Nonprofit Board

You know in a movie when the viewer knows that fate is playing a part to bring the main character to that place they’re meant to be, but the main character just thinks it’s by chance? That’s basically how I ended up on the board of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo (DSAGT).

I’ve always felt drawn to the Down Syndrome community, ever since I was young. As I’ve gotten older I’ve begun following the stories of families who have children with Down Syndrome on social media. I also read a book last summer, The Lucky Few, which tells a story of adopting two children with Down Syndrome. I was so inspired by the story but had no idea I would be given the opportunity to join that community a few months later.

A few days before the EPIC Toledo Board Fair, I saw a LinkedIn post from one of our Gilmore Jasion Mahler partners who shared that DSAGT was looking for board members. I read the article thinking how perfect a fit that would be for me, but I assumed I wasn’t far enough along in my career yet to join a board. I also didn’t think I had the right qualifications to join a board, nor did I think a board would want someone my age (WRONG! They value a diverse board, including young board members).

A few days later I went to the board fair, primarily in support of a co-worker who was looking to join a board. I was surprised to see the DSAGT booth since they weren’t on the list, however, I went over and met the Executive Director. We immediately connected over the passion we shared. I told her a little about myself and she gave me some information about the organization. I went home, did some research, and attended their next board meeting. I was voted on to the board at that first meeting!

Joining DSAGT has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I was scared and doubtful of my abilities, but in a short amount of time, I discovered that this was a community where judgement did not exist. The little bit of accounting and non-profit knowledge I could contribute to the board was helpful, but more importantly, my passion for the cause was exactly what was required to be a great board member. I was also worried about the time commitment but again, I found out that the time spent with DSAGT was well worth it. When work and life gets to be too stressful, just an hour with the Down Syndrome community brings me back to life and fills up my soul again.

Serving as a board member hasn’t just helped me personally, but it’s also helped me professionally. I’m learning about fundraising, board governance, and programming. I’m also learning how to budget, and strategize on ways to increase revenue. All of these skills help me better serve my nonprofit clients through understanding the challenges and goals they’re facing every day.

I highly recommend serving on a board for a local nonprofit. It’s a great way to learn, meet new people, and make a difference in the community. And, you might just find that the board and its members have a bigger effect on you, than you do on them. You’ll know when you’ve picked the right one. If you’re interested in joining a board, I suggest attending the EPIC Toledo Non-Profit Board Fair (Now named the Non-Profit Palooza). You can check out LinkedIn, or simply talk to leadership at your business. They have great connections and may know a board that would be a great fit for you!

Gilmore Jasion Mahler’s Associate Krista Huff contributed this blog. Krista is a senior associate with over three years of public accounting experience with a specialization in the nonprofit industry. In addition to her work on the board for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo, Krista is involved in many community service projects through GJM.

Established in 1996, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) is the largest public accounting firm in Northwest Ohio, with offices in Maumee and Findlay. Locally owned, GJM offers cloud-based accounting services and provides comprehensive services including assurance, business advisory, tax, risk advisory and healthcare management. The Firm’s professionals specialize in industries including construction & real estate, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution and utilities.