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How Steve got here
- Master of Business Taxation from Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, May 2002
- Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from North Dakota State University, May 1993
How Steve approaches work
“Listening to my client’s needs is the most important way I deliver the services a client really wants. I am opposed to providing clients with services that are unwarranted in order to generate higher fees. Instead, I identify opportunities for services that will help my clients improve their business, and therefore improve their bottom line. I believe all clients are important regardless of size or number of years in business. Every client deserves a quick, yet
How does Steve Spend His Time Elsewhere
“I enjoy golfing, biking and traveling to warm destinations with my wife. I also enjoy reading books by Stephen King, Dean Kootz and John Saul. I serve as the Treasurer of the Edinburgh USA Pro-Am Foundation.”
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Steve’s client survey results
- Net Promotor Score: 87.9%
- 9.6/10 average rating
- Steve received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 90.9% of his clients, which is significantly higher than the 2019 industry’s average of 45%.
- 97% of Steve’s clients say that he has a thorough understanding of their needs.
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“Steve Erchul and his team are always available whenever we have business or accounting concerns.”
“I have been a client for over 10 years and have been entirely happy with the work provided.”
“Very good firm and takes care of clients!”
“The people at Smith Schafer always take great care of me. They are so knowledgeable and provide great advice and support.”
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