ANTHONY MICHELOTTI, CPA
One word to describe Tony Michelotti? Driven. The Spring Grove, Illinois, native earned his Masters in Accountancy Degree from Western Illinois University and passed the CPA exam in 2009, joining Eder, Casella & Co. that same year.
A partner at the firm, he works with a variety of clients, everything from income tax to auditing, and is a go-to person for helping small businesses set up and understand QuickBooks and accounting systems.
“I’m committed to helping our clients in any way our firm can,” the Illinois CPA Society and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants member says. “Our service is second to none, and I believe that our clients value that about us the most. We’re dedicated to meeting needs, whether that be navigating the complex tax code to assisting with a critical business decision.”
Michelotti, who is married with one child, knew early on that accounting was his calling. “I have always been a numbers guy, so an accountant seemed to be a natural fit,” he admits. At Eder, Casella, he was instantly impressed with the office culture and considers it an ongoing strength. “We have a small firm feel, but a large-firm knowledge base,” he says. “And we’ve kept the family culture even through our growth into the largest accounting firm in McHenry County.”
Get to Know Tony — Five Facts:
1. If I wasn’t an accountant… “I’d want to be an attorney or sports agent.”
2. When I’m not at work, I enjoy… “Golfing, or spending time with family and friends.”
3. The advice I’d give to aspiring accountants is… “Always try to expand your knowledge base, take in as much information as you can. You should never stop learning.”
4. My advice for passing the CPA exam is… “Start taking the test while you’re still in school and complete it as soon as possible after graduation. It’s much easier to study when you’re still in ‘school mode’ and have much more time on your hands. It’s difficult to devote the time necessary to the exam when you’re working.”
5. Accounting is fun (yes, really!) because… “With a diverse client base, you never know what the day will hold. The biggest myth about accountants is that we sit in a room, don’t talk to anyone and just crunch numbers day in and day out.”
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