Clifton Gunderson, ranked as one of the nation's largest certified public accounting and consulting firms, today announced the relocation of its firm headquarters from Peoria, IL to Milwaukee, WI. The announcement means Clifton Gunderson becomes the first national Certified Public Accounting firm to be headquartered in Milwaukee and the only national CPA firm headquartered in all of Wisconsin.
"Our decision to move firm headquarters to Milwaukee brings together firm resources and provides additional opportunities to build on our firm's tremendous strengths and continue to create opportunities for growth," said Ted Hart, managing partner for Clifton Gunderson's Wisconsin offices. "Milwaukee has a very robust and diverse business community and we are honored to join the hundreds of other companies already headquartered in this great city."
Clifton Gunderson has been serving the Milwaukee area community since 1984. During its 25 year history, the office has grown to nearly 130 professionals. The firm continues to provide a wide range of assurance, accounting, tax, financial planning, and technology solutions to more than 2,500 clients. The firm has client-serving locations throughout Wisconsin including: Madison, Marshfield, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, Sparta, Stevens Point, and Tomah. Including Wisconsin, the firm has a strong national presence serving clients in 45 offices across the country with a staff of more than 2,000 professionals.
"We have developed a solid reputation with our Milwaukee-area clients as a firm of choice," said Mark Williams, partner-in-charge of Clifton Gunderson's Milwaukee and Madison offices. "We are confident our decision to relocate firm headquarters to Milwaukee will further enhance that reputation and our commitment to our clients and to our prospective clients."
The decision also parallels the succession of the firm's new CEO, Krista McMasters, whose new role became effective June 1. McMasters becomes the fourth CEO in Clifton Gunderson's nearly 50 year history. She also becomes the first and only female to serve as CEO among the nation's top 25 certified public accounting firms in the history of the profession. She has a 30 year history with the firm having joined as an associate accountant in 1978. She was admitted as a partner in 1985, became Director of Assurance Services in 1989, and most recently served as Chief Practice Officer.
"Milwaukee is a vibrant city, rich in culture and history, and locating our firm headquarters here reinforces our commitment to Wisconsin and to our local clients," said McMasters. "This decision will allow us to better support and meet the needs of our Milwaukee-area clients while continuing to provide the high level of quality and service they have come to expect from us."
McMasters added, the decision will not have any immediate or long-term impact on the operations of the Peoria practice office.
"We are thrilled to welcome Clifton Gunderson to the list of great companies already headquartered in Milwaukee," said Jim Paetsch, director of corporate expansion and relocation for the Milwaukee 7. "The mission of the Milwaukee 7 is to attract, retain and grow diverse business and talent – and we are excited to add Clifton Gunderson's name under the 'win column' for the Milwaukee region."