Renee Osterbur, Senior Manager in Business Advisory Services, enjoys ''helping clients solve their accounting problems so that they can focus on running their business.'' Renee graduated from the University of Illinois in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, and joined the MHFA team in 2002. On a daily basis, Renee performs a broad range of activities including processing payroll, preparing payroll tax returns, assisting with notices from tax agencies, reconciling accounts, preparing financial statements, resolving accounting issues, and performing controllership duties. She describes her colleagues at MHFA as both ''fun and hard-working,'' which creates a positive work environment for all.
''MHFA is a company that values quality of work over quantity,'' states Anthony Pendleton, Manager in Business Advisory Services. ''Client service is of the highest priority.'' Anthony graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. He is a Quickbooks Pro Advisor and offers assistance to clients on-site and remotely. Anthony also provides general accounting assistance including bank reconciliations, monthly close and interim financial statement reviews for small businesses and non-profit organizations. He values the ''relaxed work atmosphere at MHFA, where on a daily basis I get to talk to everyone from partners to interns.''
''I enjoy the fast-paced, collaborative, and challenging environment at Martin, Hood, Freise & Associates,'' states Robert Warth, Manager in Business Advisory Services. Robert graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and joined the firm in 2006. He advises MHFA clients on developing and improving accounting systems, undertakes special projects and prepares financial statement compilations. Robert also provides tax planning and preparation with an emphasis on both multi-state and real estate activities. Robert states, ''I really value the unexpected day-to-day variety that comes from working in two departments within the firm.''
Deanna Burgess, a Supervisor in Business Advisory Services, appreciates that the team at MHFA is ''always willing to help one another and work together to help the client succeed.'' Deanna graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness, Farm, and Financial Management, and joined the MHFA team in 2006. Deanna spends her time on accounting services including Quickbooks training, bank reconciliations, and financial statements. She specializes in multi-state sales tax, payroll tax, and business registrations.
''While providing professional services to clients, the firm still maintains a 'family' atmosphere among the employees,'' states Marsha Elmer, Supervisor in Business Advisory Services. ''Those close ties make for a great work atmosphere.'' Marsha obtained her Bachelor of Business degree from Western Illinois University in 1975 and joined the MHFA team in 1999. She is a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor Gold Member and assists businesses with set up and maintenance of their accounting software packages. ''I believe everyone strives to provide the best customer service,'' Marsha notes.
''We thrive on teamwork,'' notes Wendy Hendon, a Business Advisory Services Supervisor. With more than 30 years of office management, bookkeeping, and accounting experience, Wendy especially enjoys helping clients with office turnover issues. ''Clients come to us when they are unexpectedly shorthanded in office, and we will do whatever we can to keep their office running smoothly,'' she states. Wendy specializes in training new or relocated office staff to be self-sufficient, as well as helping small businesses with financial office management, sales tax and payroll tax reporting.