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Dean Richards…

Dean Richards CPA, CVA

Tax Principal | Minneapolis Office


  • Advisory Board of Metro North Chamber of Commerce
  • Minnesota Hospitality Association
  • National Association of Certified Valuators & Analysts
  • Spring Lake Park High School STRIVE program
  • Treasurer of Blaine/Ham Lake Rotary
  • White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce

How Dean got here

  • Bachelor of Science Accounting and Business Administration from Winona State University
  • Joined the Minneapolis practice in October 1990

How Dean approaches work

“I take a proactive approach toward finding solutions to solve my client’s needs. I aim to deliver big firm services with a small firm touch.”

How Does Dean Spend His Time Elsewhere

“I enjoy watching or coaching my children’s baseball, football, hockey and soccer games and spending time at my parent’s lake home in Walker, Minnesota. I also enjoy golfing with family, friends and clients.”


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Dean’s client survey results

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  • 9.3/10 average rating

  • Dean received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 81.3% of his clients, which is significantly higher than the 2019 industry’s average of 45%.

  • 87.9% of Dean’s clients say that he delivers high-quality, error-free work.

  • 90.9% said their phone calls and emails are returned within 24 hours.

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  • High Quality, Error-Free Work
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Client Testimonials

“Dean Richards and his team do a great job!”

“We have worked with Smith Schafer for many years. They understand our business and have been a great resource for us.”

“Very professional services received!”

“The outstanding help and support I have been given by Dean Richards, being remotely located in Arizona. Well done!”

“Always exceptionally satisfied with Dean Richard’s work!”

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