Suttner Accounting celebrates 50 years
New partners, added locations highlight growth
By Mike Mathes

For a half century, the name Suttner has been synonymous with professional accounting services in Chilton and Eastern Wisconsin.

Suttner Accounting is celebrating its 50th year in business, dating back to its founding by John Suttner in the fall of 1961.

John Suttner was later joined in the business by his son, Joseph, the current Suttner Accounting president. This January, Suttner Accounting spread its wings even further, adding two new partners to the firm, including Joe’s brother, Bill Suttner and Sheboygan Falls CPA, Mike Bruflat

As part of the firm’s growth plan, Suttner Accounting has opened offices in both Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, with services predominantly by appointment only in those two locations.

“We are looking for additional professional staff members in those markets,” Joe Suttner said. “When we find the right talent, we will provide expanded hours in both of those locations.”

Team of professionals

Suttner Accounting prides itself in maintaining top-notch professional relationships with its clients, both individuals and businesses alike.

One factor that helps foster those connections is the stability and longevity of staff members.

As they recognize their 50 years in business, Suttner accounting also notes that several familiar faces have graced the company staff throughout that time. Ron Bornemann and Judy Sommerhalder have been serving Suttner clients since the mid-1960s. Both work on an as-needed basis, with a full-throttle effort during the tax season.

Diane Hemauer has been with Suttner Accounting for more than 30 years. “She is an exceptional talent overseeing our individual tax return department and heading up our outsourced bookkeeping department,” Joe Suttner noted.

Personalized assistance

A substantive part of the business at Suttner Accounting involves tax preparation for individuals. The firm annually completes around 2,000 individual tax returns. With 15 full-time people on staff, it isn’t out of the realm to see the firm add four part-time staff members during tax season, just to keep pace with those demands.

Suttner Accounting prides itself in a competitive pricing structure and quality of work. “We have top notch people here completing our returns, and we are here year round, unlike some of the ‘big box tax return’ places that only spring up at tax time and hire people with little or no experience,” Suttner said.

“We are a service-oriented firm,” Suttner noted. “We bend over backwards to be as responsive as possible, and as cost effective as possible in meeting the needs of our clients.”

Business accounting

Suttner Accounting also specializes in accounting services for small and medium sized businesses.

The firm offers comprehensive accounting services for business. Some of their more popular offerings include

The Suttner Accounting staff is pictured here, including (front, from left) Diane Hemauer, Mike Bruflat, Joe Suttner, Bill Suttner, Carol Scheibl; and (back) Gail Behling, Amanda Ash, Beverly Schmitz, Judy Sommerhalder, Eric Freund, Sonja Kargus, Tammy Schisel, Ron Bornemann, Terri Boettcher, Robin Schultz, Debbie Mueller, Lori Gruett

and Kate Verhelst. Mike Mathes photo

bookkeeping, computer support, tax filings for both individuals and businesses including electronic filing, succession planning, payroll services with direct deposit options and a whole lot more.

“When it comes to our business clients, we try to alleviate the accounting burden and worries for small business owners, so they can focus on what they do best,” Joe Suttner said.

Suttner Accounting takes a team approach to cover all the changing specialty areas in accounting. Laws affecting business have become so voluminous, making it almost impossible for one person to maintain accounting expertise across the board. At Suttner Accounting, the team approach brings a broad based background and knowledge of the laws affecting business taxes and bookkeeping.

Although Suttner Accounting works with many software packages, Quick-Books is one of its primary focus areas. New partner Mike Bruflat holds a Quick-Books Advanced Certification title. Mike was one of the first individuals in the State to achieve the Advanced Certifi cation title for QuickBooks and has maintained that level since the programs’ inception in 1997. Currently there are only about 25 individuals in Wisconsin that maintain this level of certification.

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