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John Edson…

John W. Edson, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA

Tax & Business Valuation Principal | Minneapolis Office


  • 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
  • BPKZ President from 2014 – 2016
  • 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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