Ethan Poglese, CPA



"I love numbers and I am constantly trying to think of different ways to save money,” says Ethan Poglese when asked why he was drawn to the accounting field. Poglese - who joined the firm in 2015 after earning a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Corporate Finance from Northern Michigan University - focuses on individual, business and not-for-profit tax returns and audits, as well as monthly accounting needs and QuickBooks optimization.

“Our firm’s biggest strength is its diversification of clients,” Poglese says. “Our highest priority is quality. Everything is reviewed many times over before it goes out the door. And we have a team of extremely skilled people in many areas, so if any of us are not sure of the answer on how to do a particular transaction, it’s always very easy to collaborate and find the correct way to do it.”

Via accounting, the Michigan native loves helping people fix problems — something that came in very handy for his own family. “My stepfather had a staff member who stole thousands of dollars from him, and I helped him save his business,” he recalls. “Numbers never lie. People can say whatever they want, but there is always a number trail to follow. It’s like a puzzle you try to solve that changes every day.”


Get to Know Ethan — Five Facts:

1. If I wasn’t an accountant … “I’d want to be a trader or a broker.”

2. I’m motivated by … “My mother, because we grew up without money. She put herself through medical school with five children at 40 years old. If she can go through that challenge, I know I can pass four CPA exams.”

3. My first job was … “I washed dishes for a restaurant on the beach of Marquette, Michigan — it was called The Shores.”

4. When I’m not at work, I enjoy … “Fishing, snowboarding, wake-boarding, basketball, flag football, hunting, poker, golfing and volleyball. Basically, I’ll play any sport other than baseball.”

5. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a … “A quarterback for the Detroit Lions. But from the seventh grade on, I knew I wanted to be an accountant.”



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