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Rich leads Plante Moran’s transportation industry practice group and is a senior partner with the firm’s manufacturing and distribution leadership team.  He has more than 26 years of experience assisting privately-held manufacturing and distribution companies with financial statement audit and review and corporate tax planning.  He also specializes in assisting business owners and financial executives with strategic planning, growth initiatives, equipment and building acquisitions, financial analysis, and leadership team development.

Rich does what it takes to help his clients and often connects them with other service providers who can best meet their objectives. He frequently connects manufacturing clients with Plante Moran management consultants, who have helped with operational assessment analysis, IT system analysis check-ups, ERP implementation assistance, and international location assessment and operational assistance.  He is known for his leadership and emphasis on building personal relationships with clients and staff, which led to his appointment to office managing partner of the firm’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office.

Rich has written a number of articles on manufacturing industry topics such as expanding one’s international footprint, managing the downturn, and maximizing the growth opportunities. He has a B.A. degree in accounting from Ferris State University, and was the recipient of the Ferris State University Distinguished Alumni Award in May 2011.

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