Hawkins Ash CPAs was formed in 1956 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. From its humble beginnings of one office with 14 employees, the firm has grown to 10 offices with more than 180 professionals. Its trusted advisors serve more than 10,000 clients from its local Neenah office as well as from offices in Green Bay, La Crosse, Manitowoc, Marshfield, Medford, and Mequon in Wisconsin to St. Charles, Winona, and Rochester in Minnesota. Hawkins Ash CPAs provides certified public accounting services to privately held businesses, individuals and trusts, governmental organizations, nonprofit entities, housing authorities and credit unions.
Hawkins Ash CPAs is listed as a Top 200 Firm in the nation by Inside Public Accounting (IPA). On the annual ranking, the Firm moved up from 181 to 164 in 2023 and its growth resulted in Hawkins Ash CPAs being recognized as one of the Fastest Growing Firms on the list. This acknowledgment was obtained as the Firm prioritizes mergers and acquisition, service expansion and relevant recruitment and retention strategies.
After 44 years of business in Neenah, WI, Roberts, Ritschke & Tyczkowski, Ltd. (RR&T) merged with Hawkins Ash CPAs in 2021. RR&T was recognized for offering tax and accounting services to family-owned businesses and high net worth individuals in addition to specializing in business valuations and estate and fiduciary compliance services.
That same year, Hawkins Ash CPAs acquired additional talent as an assertive effort to establish its estate planning practice. “Today, Hawkins Ash has talent and resources to assist clients with their estate planning needs. Our team can assist with setting up an estate plan and be part of your estate planning team. Some estate plans need valuation of businesses, and we have certified valuations analysts (CVAs) who can perform these valuations,” said Keith Depies, Partner in Charge of the Hawkins Ash CPAs Neenah office.
A critical part of the firm’s growth is dependent on the ability to attract and retain talent. Hawkins Ash CPAs is re-defining work-life balance as part of the firm’s culture. “The firm has delivered autonomy to our professionals, which in turn has boosted recruitment of top talent and staff retention,” said Alysha Jeske, SHRM-CP, Senior HR Generalist.
Outside of “tax season” employees enjoy four-day work weeks and the Firm has worked to help employees find flexibility in their work day. Implemented in 2022, Hawkins Ash CPAs rolled out a program to aid their professionals who wish to set up space to work from home. Each employee was given a stipend, and laptop, to ensure remote work is feasible and effortless.
Hawkins Ash CPAs employees are passionate about fostering the next generation of public accounting professionals. The Firm’s internship program provides college accounting students the ability to gain the full public accounting experience close to home while completing their education.
Learn more about the service capabilities and career opportunities at Hawkins Ash CPAs online: www.HawkinsAsh.CPA.