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Zachary Durliat Joins Gilmore Jasion Mahler

Zachary Durliat GJMThe GJM Assurance team has grown in recent weeks, with the addition of Zachary Durliat to the team as an assurance associate. Zach has completed multiple internships with GJM in recent years as part of his studies, and while he may not be a completely new face, we’re sure you’ll get to know him better in this Q&A. Welcome “officially” to the GJM team and family, Zach.

Describe your role at GJM. I am currently an Assurance Associate and have worked on Affordable Housing Audits, Employee Benefit Plans, and assisted on other various projects. I am always looking for way to improve processes whether that is by simply documenting the process or by using technology to aid in the efficiency efforts.

When did you start with GJM? September 7th, 2021, but had a prior part-time internship in the GJM Tax/Administrative departments and two prior internships in Assurance.

Why did you choose the accounting industry? I like seeing the whole picture of things and accounting is the basis and glue that connects the functions of a business together, so it keeps me connected with all the different aspects of a business (the whole picture).

What do you like best about accounting? I like determining and analyzing the numbers to help find efficiencies and improvements in other aspects of the business.

Are you from the Toledo area originally? If not, where are you from? Arlington, OH (South of Findlay).

What do you like about living in Northwest Ohio? Experiencing the four seasons even when it may be all in one day.

Where did you go to school? High School: Arlington Local ’16, College: Bowling Green State University ’20 & ’21.

Do you have any pets, hobbies, family you'd like to mention? No pets yet but a dog at some point. I enjoy woodworking, snowmobiling, and have three younger sisters.

How do you like to spend your free time? Bake desserts, work in a woodshop, going on walks with my girlfriend, playing recreational sports.

Favorite book? Favorite movie? I have never read or seen any of the Harry Potters, but I played Quidditch at BGSU. I am not the biggest fan of reading books. I prefer watching movies instead. Favorites: The Rookie, Field of Dreams, Miracle on 34th Street.

Are you involved in any community organizations, do any volunteer work? Not yet but I am looking forward to getting into some.

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? My parents worked and met at the Findlay office.

Welcome, Zach!

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 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.

What is Outsourced Accounting at GJM?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work and created even more dire staffing shortages for businesses around the country. It’s possible there’s a new way to approach staffing when it comes to your internal accounting needs. Enter Outsourced Accounting at 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 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.

Gilmore Jasion Mahler Announces Several Promotions

Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) is pleased to announce a number of staff promotions in both the Maumee and Findlay offices, effective July 1, 2021.

Caitlin Bainter, CPA and Amanda Lewis, CPA have been promoted to Senior Manager. Ryan Avery, CPA, Ryan Emerson, CPA and Mackenzie Gross, CPA have been promoted to Manager. Adam Larkins, CPA, Alyssa Lecurgo, Dana Lumbrezer, CPA and Chris Scherley are promoted to Supervisor and Cassi Cronin, CPA, Emily Eckroth, CPA, Thomas Keyser, Hayden Neese and Grace Reddick, CPA are promoted to Senior Associate. 

“These promotions reflect hard work, dedication and commitment. The past year has been anything but normal. Our staff, including all those promoted this month, have done a remarkable job of staying focused, getting the work done and staying connected as a team,” says Managing Partner Kevin Gilmore. “It is gratifying to see our staff advance in their careers and professional development.”  

There are currently several opportunities at GJM for those just beginning their careers, and for more experienced professionals in tax, assurance, and risk advisory. Learn more at GJMLTD.com/careers.

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.

GJM’s Amanda Lewis to Graduate From Hancock Leadership

Amanda Lewis Gilmore Jasion MahlerGilmore Jasion Mahler CPA Amanda Lewis recently went back to school. Well, sort of. A Consulting and Assurance Manager with GJM, she’s a member of this year’s Hancock Leadership class. The nationally recognized 9-month program offered by the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce is designed to foster professional and personal growth and encourage participants to further embrace community service.

And, there’s no doubt Amanda experienced all of that, and more.

With GJM for almost seven years, it is safe to say that she already has a strong professional network. But Amanda says being a part of the 2021 class helped with further professional development, allowing her the opportunity to network and meet a number of professionals across various occupations.

"A great experience..."

“I think it’s been a great experience to learn more about the community and meet others. I was so impressed with how the Chamber presented our sessions. Even in the middle of a pandemic, sometimes wearing masks, or meeting virtually, I really felt like I got to know my fellow classmates and learned so much,” she says.

Chamber Executive Director Dionne Neubauer oversees Hancock Leadership. She says early on in the program, Amanda took on a leadership role as committee chair, overseeing fundraising efforts for the History Walk, this year’s class project.

“While her classmates drew on her financial skills, Amanda’s ability to engage and empower her committee led to exceeding the project goals,” says Neubauer. She describes Amanda’s involvement as one of the key drivers in the success of the class project. 

About History Walk

Hancock Leadership 2021 History Walk“Our class project is a History Walk at Brucklacher Memorial Park (by the little red schoolhouse),” says Amanda. “It was completed in partnership with The Hancock Historical Museum and Kiwanis Club of Findlay. There are 12 stations along the walk that each feature a panel with a description of a historical event specific to Hancock County.”

The class not only oversaw fundraising for the History Walk, but also handled construction of the path, including landscaping and donor recognition displays.

While seeing their project come together was exciting, Amanda says on a personal level, probably the most rewarding part of being involved in Hancock Leadership was learning more about the Findlay-Hancock County community as well as connecting with her classmates. The class met once a month for nine months to learn more about core community information and organizations. Topics and sessions ranged from economic development to agriculture to the justice system.

Hancock Leadership 2021Amanda says some of the most enjoyable sessions for her personally included the Findlay Airport session, and going out on the runway, as well as justice and law day. She says the class was able to tour several county facilities and sit down and speak with a number of county officials. One of the more interesting things she learned was that Findlay has two large water reservoirs outside of town that she was unaware of. One session day they traveled by bus to the reservoirs and drove around them.

Asked if she would recommend the Hancock Leadership experience to others, Amanda said most definitely. She described it as a great experience to learn more about the community and meet others.

Many other GJM staff members are prior graduates of Hancock Leadership, including Andrea Jennex, Mike Brough, Chuck Stumpp, Cindy Larrigan, Kit Augsburger, Matt Long and Tracy Kennedy. Many other GJM staff are graduates of Leadership Toledo.

Congratulations to Amanda and her classmates, who graduate on June 8th. If you think you know of someone who might be a good candidate, Hancock Leadership is currently accepting applications for the upcoming class year. Applications are due on June 9. To learn more or download the application, visit Findlay Hancock Chamber.com/HancockLeadership.  

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 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.

GJM Welcomes New Risk Consulting Team Member

Joshua Bushong GJMWe're pleased to welcome Joshua Bushong to the Gilmore Jasion Mahler team as a Risk Consulting Senior Associate. Here's a chance to get to know a bit about him and his professional and personal background. We hope you enjoy this Q&A.

Describe your role at GJM: My focus within Risk Consulting will be leading IT general control and business process SOX testing. Additionally, I will be helping clients with their cyber security, information security and privacy, and regulatory compliance needs.

When did you start employment/will you start at GJM? April 19, 2021

Why did you choose the accounting industry? Originally I entered the accounting industry because of my love for numbers, specifically baseball statistics and I believed that would be a good fit for my career. However, over the past few years I have been fortunate to merge my passion for technology with my understanding of accounting principles.

What do you like best about accounting? I enjoy the accounting industry because it is ever changing. Businesses are facing unique challenges each year, that is especially evident this year as COVID has shown to present its own distinctive challenges. We as public accountants are met with the task of helping our clients navigate through these business changes and interruptions as seamlessly as possible.

Are you from the Toledo area originally? If not, where are you from? I grew up in Mount Blanchard, OH and moved to Toledo in 2015 to attend the University of Toledo.

What do you like about living in Northwest Ohio? Family, Friends, and the opportunities available in the community.

Anything you would like to share about your past professional experience? I’ve been fortunate to have experience working with a big four accounting firm in Detroit, as well as have spent some time working at Masco.

Do you have any pets, hobbies, family? My hobbies include working out, golfing, tennis, and I enjoy spending time at my local shooting range.

Favorite song or music? My favorite song of all time would be too difficult to choose so I’ll say country music is my favorite genre.

Favorite book or movie? My favorite book would be ‘Satisfied’ by Jeff Manion. My favorite movie is the Jurassic Park Series.

Are you involved in any community organizations, do any volunteer work? I am not currently involved in anything but would love to get involved in something soon.

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? For anyone that has or will ever golf a round with me, they may be incredibly surprised to find out I have hit a hole in one... Every broken clock is right twice a day!  

Anything else you’d like to add? I am eager to begin this new journey with the firm and am excited about what the future holds!

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