MICPA Elects New Board Officers and Directors

by MICPA | Sep 18, 2019   ()

Troy, Michigan, September 18, 2019 – The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants has elected David G. Echelbarger as chair of its board of directors. The association also named its remaining new officers, four new members and elected three members to additional terms on its board of directors.

Echelbarger is a shareholder and the managing partner at Echelbarger Himebaugh Tamm & Co. PC, of Grand Rapids. A member of the board since 2010, he will serve a one-year term as its chair.

The Hastings resident is responsible for the vision and direction of EHTC. As the leader of the firm's management team, he has a significant role in managing the operations and business development. In addition to his extensive tax and accounting experience, he has more than 24 years of experience in technology consulting and implementation. Echelbarger specialized in the development and implementation of automated accounting and finance systems in the areas of distribution, manufacturing, construction, professional services and nonprofit organizations.

Echelbarger is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, currently serving as a council member. He has also been elected to the First National Bank of Michigan Board of Directors and serves on the Information Technology Steering Committee. Echelbarger and the EHTC team were recently named one of the 2019 Accounting Today’s “Best Accounting Firms to Work For.”

Echelbarger and EHTC have been recognized by Accounting Today, Accounting Technology and Microsoft Corporation for their contributions to the industry. In 2012, he earned the Charter Global Management Accountant designation, a global designation for CPAs working in business and government. He graduated from Aquinas College in 1988 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and has served on numerous non-profit boards throughout his career.

Other officers elected for this year include:

  • Frank V. Maselli, chair-elect – The Rochester resident is an assurance partner at EY in Detroit.
  • Michelle F. Randall, treasurer – The Northville resident is a professor of accounting at Schoolcraft College in Livonia.
  • Ronald C. Edmonds, secretary – The Charlevoix resident is controller and vice-president of controllers and tax at Dow in Midland.

The board’s executive committee also includes immediate past chair, Robert M. Johnson, and past chair, Alan C. Young. Johnson, of Clinton Township, is chief financial officer at Shift Digital, Birmingham. Young, of West Bloomfield, is the founder and CEO of Alan C. Young & Associates PC in Detroit.

New directors with terms expiring Aug. 31, 2022 include:

  • Gary M. Blanck, of Troy, is a partner with Swad & Company in Livonia, specializing in tax and general business planning, and financial audit and review services for closely held companies. His focus is on the construction industry, physicians, dentists, wholesalers and distributors. Blanck is actively involved with the MICPA and has served several terms as chair of its Construction Industry Task Force. He also is a member of the AICPA and frequently presents accounting and financial insights to various associations and groups.
  • Diane DeFrancis, of Bloomfield Hills, is a partner with Deloitte in Detroit. She has industry experience serving both private and publicly traded multinational clients, predominantly in the manufacturing and insurance industries, and also serves as professional practice director for Deloitte’s Michigan offices. She leads the firm’s teams serving significant clients and works with clients on matters of significant growth and change, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other complex transactions. DeFrancis served as Deloitte’s national automotive industry sector leader for the firm’s audit and advisory practices. In addition to her service to the MICPA and AICPA, Diane is a trustee of Marygrove College and has been on the board of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit.
  • Darrin D. Schultz, of Rochester, is a partner in KPMG Detroit’s audit practice and is the firm’s private market groups leader. Schultz serves large and mid-tier automotive, industrial and consumer markets clients and has assisted them with complex acquisition issues, including accounting for purchase transactions, valuation of assets and liabilities acquired and recording intangibles purchased. He has been the firm’s partner champion for community involvement in Detroit, an active recruiter for new and experienced hires and is also a frequent presenter of accounting technical topics at seminars. Active professionally and in the community, Schultz is on the Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan board, serves as a partner champion of KPMG Community Engagement and is a founding member of the Private Directors Association’s Detroit Chapter.

In addition, serving the remainder of Ron Edmond’s board term expiring Aug. 31, 2021 is James D. Tish, of Northville, who manages the Southfield office of Grant Thornton and leads its audit services practice. With more than 20 years of diverse industry, financial and advisory experience, he has served both public and privately held companies. Tish advises clients on acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings and recapitalizations. He has worked with a wide variety of Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers, aftermarket suppliers and service providers to the automotive industry. In addition, he has assisted clients in SEC filings, including debt and equity offerings. Tish currently serves on the boards for the Detroit Economic Club and Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan.

Directors elected to serve an additional three-year term, expiring Aug. 31, 2022 are:

  • Leon C. LaBrecque, Sequoia Financial Group, Troy
  • Marianne M. Lilly, ShindelRock, Novi
  • Laurie L. Horvath, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Southfield
Source: MICPA
Source: MICPA

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