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American Council of Engineering Companies
Chairman of the Board of SPEDCO, an SBA Certified Development Company
Institute of Certified Management Accountants
National Association of Certified Valuators & Analysts
TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
Vice chairman for International Mission of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
How John got here
- Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Minnesota
- Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants Public Service Award – 2010
- Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants Distinguish Service Award – 2012
- Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants Board of Directors 2000 – 2007, Chair 2005 – 2006
- BPKZ Shareholder from 1986 – 2016
President from 2014 – 2016 BPKZ
- Joined the Smith Schafer Minneapolis practice with the merger of BPKZ in January 2017
How John approaches work
“I cannot imagine doing anything else. Working with closely held businesses and their owners to increase their wealth is exciting. I enjoy seeing a business start, progress through its life cycle and return benefits to the owners.”
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Creating and operating a business usually starts with a great idea, capital investment by one or multiple owners, and hard work. While the main focus of an owner should be on day-to-day operations, there are always items that should be in the back of their mind for events down the road.
The pandemic had a significant impact on Minnesota businesses. The combination of forced business closures, new employee safety standards along with supply chain disruptions and sharp increase in materials costs made it very difficult.
If the federal estate tax exemption is cut approximately in half in 2026, as is currently scheduled, it may create significant issues for Minnesota taxpayers. The matter becomes especially challenging when one considers what may happen if the portability election is not made.