With a deep-rooted knowledge in pensions, Kevin Smith is Eder, Casella & Co.’s in-house specialist when it comes to accounting and auditing police and fire pension funds. The partner joined the firm in 2007, and in addition to those funds handles a wide variety of duties. “I prepare business and individual tax returns; handle audits, reviews and compilations for local governments, not-for-profits and businesses; and prepare monthly, quarterly and annual accounting work,” he says.


Smith graduated with a Bachelors in Accounting Degree from Northern Illinois University in 2007, and earned his CPA in 2010. He’s a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society and its Governmental Report Review Committee. “I think I’m personable and easy to get along with, which goes a long way, especially during audits — since that process isn’t something a client generally looks forward to, anything that makes it a more pleasant experience is a plus.”


Accounting wasn’t always the plan for Smith, who grew up in the Freeport, Illinois area. “I started in college on the path to becoming an engineer,” he recalls. “But between the extensive science classes, which I ended up not really liking, the course load, along with playing baseball my first semester, that route just didn’t work out. However, I had always liked math, and my grandfather had also worked in the accounting field. So I took a few classes and ended up really liking it.”


As for Eder Casella & Co., the married father of two has been impressed with the firm since he first started as an intern. “One of our biggest strengths is that we do a lot of different things well,” he says. “A majority of the employees here have experience in tax, audit, and monthly/quarterly accounting, instead of just focusing only in one area. This approach helps everyone be better overall accountants, because they are able to look at things from various angles.”



Get to Know Kevin — Five Facts:


1. Accounting is fun (yes, really!) because… “Especially in our office, you get to work with a lot of different types of clients, which is interesting. If you’re bored during a tax season, then you’re just doing something wrong.”


2. My first job was… “A telemarketing company, at 16, selling phone service.”


3. When I’m not at work, I enjoy… “Going out to eat, trying different craft beers, lifting weights, playing sports — pretty much doing anything with my family, especially my sons.”


4. I’d like to be remembered as… “Just as an overall good person. I’ve never been one that needs to be in the spotlight.”


5. The advice I’d give to aspiring accountants is… “In the real world, everything is not going to have an exact ‘yes or no’ answer like the tests you take in school. I think that was one of the harder things for me to adjust to when I first started.”



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