July 29, 2020

Anders Named a 2020 Top Workplace by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has honored Anders as a 2020 Top Workplace. The Top Workplaces list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution and connection. Anders has been on the Top Workplaces list several times, and was ranked at the top of the Midsize Employer Category in 2016 and 2017 and second place in 2018.

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

Attributes that make Anders a top workplace include the open, collaborative work space reflecting the culture of the firm, a generous PTO and benefits package, flexibility and extensive technical and professional training programs. Anders supports and encourages employees to follow their passions in the community, and provides development dollars to help them do so.

The complete list of Top Workplaces can be found in the August 2 issue of the Post-Dispatch. Meet the 2020 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces.

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July 23, 2020

Anders Named a 2020 Best Accounting Firm to Work for by Accounting Today

Anders has been named to Accounting Today’s 2020 Best Accounting Firms to Work for list. This is the seventh time Anders has been recognized on the Best Accounting Firms to Work For list of 100 top employers in the accounting industry.

Nearly 250 firms from across the United States entered the two-part survey process to determine Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. The first part was worth 25% and consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part, worth 75%, consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top firms and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the final ranking.

“The firms on this list represent the best workplaces in the accounting profession,” said Accounting Today Editor-in-Chief Daniel Hood. “They are outstanding places to build a career.”

See the list of 2020 Best Accounting Firms to Work for.

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July 9, 2020

Dave Finklang Named 2020 Best Accountant in Best in Business Awards

Anders tax partner Dave M. Finklang, CPA/CGMA, MBA was named the winner in the Best Accountant category of St. Louis Small Business Monthly’s 2020 Best in Business Awards.

The St. Louis Small Business Monthly Best In Business Awards is based on an annual reader survey of the best businesses in the region. In 2020, more than 18,000 individuals voted and winners and finalists were chosen in 19 categories. The winning businesses and top finalists will be featured in the 2020-2021 Business Owners’ Guide, SBM’s Book of Lists.

Winners and finalists will also be honored at a special luncheon on October 14.

About Dave Finklang

Finklang has wide-ranging, specialized experience in tax planning and compliance, startup services and consulting, and accounting services. As the founder of the Anders Startup and Entrepreneurial Services Group, Finklang particularly enjoys working with entrepreneurs and emerging companies by helping them raise capital, structure their businesses, implement accounting systems, and minimize their tax burdens. He also advises individuals, family and closely-held businesses, as well as their owners, on tax-saving strategies and tax planning. Finklang works with technology and software companies, manufacturers, distributors, and commercial real estate companies. Before joining the CPA profession, Dave was a commercial airline pilot. This experience helped him build a professional skillset that has allowed him to better serve his clients and his community. Dave was named the youngest 2016 40 Under 40 by the St. Louis Business Journal.

View the full list of St. Louis Small Business Monthly’s Best Accountants.

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June 22, 2020

Anders to Merge in Cummings, Ristau & Associates

Effective June 30, 2020, Cummings, Ristau & Associates, a public accounting firm based in St. Louis County, Missouri, will combine its practice with Anders CPAs + Advisors. Partners David J. Ristau, CPA and Mark H. Cummings, CPA, along with 19 staff members will join Anders, bringing the firm’s total partners and staff to 230 with revenues of approximately $41.5 million.

Formed in 1996, Cummings Ristau carved out a unique and strong expertise in serving the banking industry in Missouri and Illinois. The partnership will provide the opportunity for Anders to add a new niche and expand the firm’s financial institution footprint. Cummings Ristau partners and staff will move to the Anders downtown office this summer.

“Adding a strategic partner with an established niche unique to our industry offerings, is important to our vision for growth, and we found a great match with Cummings Ristau,” said Robert J. Minkler, Jr., CPA/CGMA, Anders managing partner. “Given the current environment and the increasing relationship between clients, accountants and their bankers as a result of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other parts of the CARES Act, the timing of this merger will add value and expertise for clients from both firms. The role community banks and financial institutions will play in the recovery and growth of our economy has never been greater and we welcome the opportunity to provide them with the services and information they will require.”

Cummings Ristau provides audit, tax, regulatory compliance and loan review services to banks and credit unions. In addition, the firm also provides agreed upon procedures, IT audits, bank directors’ examinations, employee benefit plan audits and internal control reviews. “We are excited to join Anders and become a part of this diverse and expanding firm,” said Ristau, who has more than 30 years of Big 4 and banking experience including his time at Cummings Ristau.  Anders resources will provide a new line of advisory services as well as enhanced tax and audit capabilities to our clients, along with great administrative, human resources and marketing support for our team.”

While Anders has served the broker/dealer and financial services industries since the firm’s inception, Minkler says the depth of experience Cummings Ristau brings to Anders “will provide us the ability to serve these clients at a deeper level and bring our expertise in technology, systems, best practices and other services to these banking clients.”

Cummings, who has served as a Big 4 partner and bank executive vice president, CFO and director concluded, “we have been searching for the right partner for some time and have found one in Anders.  Our values of providing clients with personal attention, making a difference to their bottom line and being committed to developing long-term relationships is exactly in step with Anders mission, vision and core values.  We look forward to be a part of the firm’s growth and strategic plan for the future.”

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June 19, 2020

Anders Ranks #5 on St. Louis’ Largest Accounting Firms

Anders is ranked #5 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s largest accounting firms list by number of professionals. With 93 CPAs as of January 2020, Anders is ranked #6 in St. Louis on total number of local CPAs.

View the largest St. Louis accounting firms ranked by CPAs.
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May 6, 2020

Dave Finklang and Rebekah Tucker Named to St. Louis Small Business Task Force

Anders tax partner Dave M. Finklang, CPA/CGMA, MBA and tax supervisor Rebekah J. Tucker, CPA have been selected to join the St. Louis Small Business Task Force. Founded by Erin Joy, CEO of Black Dress Circle, the Task Force is a new initiative to bring together leaders from varied industries to clearly define and address the short and mid-term challenges presented by the economic downturn triggered by COVID-19. The St. Louis Small Business Task Force, a think-tank for community leaders, will meet weekly to share knowledge, resources, and tools to remain resilient amid the crisis and create a catalyst for other industry stakeholders to take strategic action.

“Our goal is to support and empower St. Louis’s small and mid-sized business owners with the vital information and insight they need to guide their companies forward,” said Erin Joy. “We need to do our part in making sure cross-industry relevant and accurate information is shared continually and consistently. Establishing a multi-disciplinary cohort is a step in the right direction.”

Every Wednesday by close of business, insights from each session will be shared on the Task Force’s website at stltaskforce.com and be made available to the general public. Insights will be informed by the Task Force’s multi-disciplinary approach, which serves to give members and the community the advantage of getting quickly up-to-speed on a variety of salient topics necessary for business recovery, sustainability, and growth. Armed with the information shared in these sessions, business owners will be informed to make strategic decisions and solve problems.

To receive more information about the St. Louis Small Business Task Force, visit stltaskforce.com. If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to participate as an expert, please email info@blackdresscircle.com and a member of the Black Dress Circle team will be in touch.

Visit our COVID-19 Resource Center for more news, tools and insights you need to know in these uncertain times.

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May 4, 2020

Anders CARES Act Team Answers Viewer Questions on KSDK

The Anders CARES Act Team, made up of Anders advisors across different departments of the firm, has teamed up with KSDK 5 on Your Side to answer questions from viewers about CARES Act benefits. From stimulus check updates to SBA loan eligibility, Anders will be answering questions individuals and businesses need to know.

To submit a question for the team, text 5 On Your Side at 314-444-5125. This is a text-only line. KSDK will share questions and answers during newscasts throughout the week. The Q&A can also be found on KSDK’s website.

Robert J. Minkler, Jr., Anders Managing Partner, and other members of the CARES Act Research and Response Team will be on KSDK on Saturday evenings to answer viewer questions and share insight around the CARES Act. View Robert’s segment about correcting stimulus payment errors.

On Saturday, May 2, Daniel K. Schindler, CPA, Senior Manager + Tax, spoke to KSDK about specific stimulus check questions from viewers. View Dan’s segment about individual stimulus checks.

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April 21, 2020

Anthony Szczepaniak Named Chief Executive Officer of LEA Global

As a member firm of the Leading Edge Alliance (LEA), one of the largest international associations of independent accounting firms, Anders is excited to announce that Anthonoy Szczepaniak has been named CEO of LEA.


LEA Global welcomes Anthony (Tony) Szczepaniak as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Szczepaniak will lead the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the international accounting association, focusing on membership best practices, cohesiveness, collaboration and growth.

Szczepaniak most recently led the Moore North America accounting and consulting firm association. His career also includes 15 years of working and leading Fortune 500 corporate tax teams and 15 years in public accounting, including as a tax partner serving primarily middle market clients.

“Tony brings perspective from outside the industry with his corporate roles, inside the industry with his public accounting experience, and the very specific expertise gained in leading an international association,” said LEA Global Board Chair Michael D. Newton. Newton is also the managing partner of member firm Fuller Landeau in Montreal, Canada. “Under his leadership and growth mindset, we will further strengthen the LEA Global community and move forward into the future.”

As CEO, Szczepaniak will leverage his experiences as a strategic thinker, business leader and change agent to work with LEA Global members to strengthen relationships, accelerate best practice sharing, and expand technical expertise and industry knowledge in accounting, audit, tax and business advisory.

“I look forward to working with the members of this well-respected community to help build a vision of a future that sees the uncertainty and volatility of today’s environment as opportunity,” commented Szczepaniak. “Creating belief and enthusiasm around this vision and purpose in a way that engages members while increasing the value for members and ultimately their clients, is the main goal.”

Szczepaniak, who has held several executive committee and resource panel roles for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Elmhurst College, a Master of Science degree in Taxation from DePaul University, both in the Chicago-area, and certifications from University of Chicago, Harvard University and Stanford University.

LEA Global board members and selection committee include managing partners Jeffrey S. Drummonds, LBMC, Nashville, TN; Wayne R. Pinnell, Haskell & White, Irvine, CA; Robert J. Minkler, Jr., Anders CPAs + Advisors, St. Louis, MO, Chairman and CEO Jeff Weiner, Marcum, Allan Koltin, one of the leading consultants to the public accounting profession, along with COO Michele Alcorn, interim CEO Frans Tijssen, former managing partner of BOL International in the Netherlands.

About LEA Global
LEA Global is a leading association of independent accounting firms that provides clients with professional accounting, audit, tax and advisory services. It’s 200 member firms maintain over 600 offices in 110 countries throughout the world. For more information on LEA Global visit www.leaglobal.com.

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April 8, 2020

Robert Minkler, Jr. Speaks on The Carney Show on KTRS 550 About CARES Act Benefits

Anders Managing Partner Robert Minkler, Jr. went on The Carney Show on KTRS 550 to speak about the Paycheck Protection Program for businesses and individual CARES Act benefits. Robert answers questions from the audience about the individual recovery rebate and eligibility around the rebate.

Learn more about the recovery rebate for individuals or the Paycheck Protection Program.

Listen to Robert on the recording starting at 49:35. 

Our advisors are closely following COVID-19 relief efforts and will continue to publish insights to keep you informed about potential business impacts and benefits. Visit our COVID-19 Resource Center for more news, tools and insights you need to know in these uncertain times.

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March 24, 2020

STL Partnership Provides List of Small Business Resource Programs

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership (STL Partnership) has compiled a list of the latest resource programs for small businesses in our region. They have also set up a small business resource hotline to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their Small Business Resource Programs guide includes many valuable tools, including:

  • Small Business Resource Fund zero percent interest loan program from the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the St. Louis Development Corporation
  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan application
  • The Gateway Resilience Fund for monetary relief to employees and owners of independent bars, restaurants and shops in St. Louis
  • Ameren’s suspension of disconnections for nonpayment and payment assistance

Learn more about these and other tools in the STL Partnership’s Small Business Resource Programs guide.

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