Headshot of David Kristick.

While I now live in a Downtown Detroit condo, my formative years were spent on the family farm. I mucked stalls, planted crops, baled hay, and rode horses during most of my childhood.

David Kristick
Partner, CPA, MSA


As an industry technical leader in the manufacturing and distribution sector, I oversee pre-issuance technical reviews of all industry reports and consult with engagement teams and firm clients on complex technical topics. I also consult with a variety of manufacturing clients, including private equity and public SEC registrants, on complex accounting topics. Additionally, I help shape industry technical training and staff development. 

I’m proud to have been with Plante Moran for more than 15 years and, in that time, my greatest accomplishments include helping to open the Detroit office in 2013 and establishing its unique culture that blended three other offices.

After I took my first bookkeeping class as a high school sophomore, I was hooked. The work seemed so logical and ordered. I later came to appreciate the “softer” skills of developing staff and helping clients. Colleagues have occasionally referred to me as the office “cruise director.” I really enjoy the people I work with, and I like to organize activities outside of the office to help encourage camaraderie. These include scavenger hunts, road rallies, dinner clubs, happy hours, biking events, and tents at parades.

I’m often asked to speak to clients and at industry conferences such as the AICPA global manufacturing conference and CFO.com about topics of current interest to leaders, including recently issued accounting standards. I belong to the AICPA and the Michigan Association of CPAs. Within my community, I serve on the advisory board for Christ Child House and Friends of Bowers Farm. I received both my B.S. in finance and my M.Acc. from Walsh College. 

My outside interests/hobbies are varied. I enjoy spending time with my grandson, and I love traveling with my wife, Ann. On our most recent trip, we climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan with other Plante Moraners. I’m also a bit of an adrenaline junkie and enjoy various activities with friends, including triathlons, sky-diving, scuba diving (learning), mountain climbing, and white-water rafting.