Since 1923 Our People Make Our Story
Our firm was founded in 1923 by the late Irwin Newman. In 1956, he merged his practice with that of Mr. Alvin W. Schuman, an Attorney and Certified Public Accountant. Our current leadership team and the year they became partners:
Yale G. Simon 1966
James P. Grodecki 1979
Harvey A. Redfern 1989
Richard W. Reed 2000
Kenneth J. McKee 2004
Kevin J. Havey 2013
We are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Private Companies Practice Section of the AICPA. Our Firm committed itself to periodic peer reviews 40 years ago in 1979 when we joined the Division for CPA Firms, an organization created by the American Institute of CPAs to foster quality performance. Our participation in peer review demonstrates our Firm's desire to meet the profession's high standards of professionalism and our commitment to maintaining and improving the quality of our practice.
"Don't try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough."
- Arthur Freed_
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Professional Staff / Associates
Mary is a Senior Manager in the firm and has a diverse client base including professional services, real estate, and high net worth individuals. Her many years of experience, coupled with her attention to client services is the reason she maintains long-term relationships with her clients.
Marcus is a Senior Manager and has been a practicing public accountant for over 15 years. He has a wide range of experience, including taxation for corporations & partnerships.
Jon manages the firms daily technology & online presence. Using modern technologies he creates efficiencies in accounting processes that reduce prepare time while data-basing client tax information electronically. He converted firm to "the cloud" Dropbox creating secure encrypted database that transformed paper files into a globally accessible electronic paperless system not only for employees but for clients as well.
Shirley is responsible for our internal billing, collection, and accounting areas. She also handles all of our client tax return extension processing and estimated tax payment reminder notifications.
Susan is a Senior Manager and has been active in a variety of areas of taxation including real estate, estates, and trusts. She also is an expert in quickbooks accounting.
Lizzie has been working in public accounting for the past 7 years. Her expertise covers a wide variety of areas, including tax preparation, quickbooks accounting and systems development for our clients.
Jeff joined Schuman Simon & Grodecki in 2015 and has since had the pleasure of serving small business clients including corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietors from a variety of industries.
As a matter of policy, all company personnel must complete at least forty hours of Continuing Professional Education a year*