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I love to cook. I worked in kitchens throughout college. I can butcher a chicken in under 90 seconds as well as plan and cook for 50 people without batting an eyelash.
Jack Kristan
Partner, CPA, CIA


As the automotive and manufacturing leader for the firm’s risk and accounting advisory practice, I focus on developing tailored risk management, internal audit, and compliance solutions to gain greater insights for my clients. Most of them are publicly traded organizations and Japanese-owned businesses with significant international operations. Additionally, I lead our practice’s efforts with family office clients, focusing on internal controls and operational matters. My clients appreciate that I don’t simply tell them what they should do; instead, I work with them to come to a mutually agreed-upon solution that has buy-in at multiple levels in the organization. More often than not, this approach provides the greatest path to sustainable success.

The mantra, “There has to be a better way,” has always guided my client work. I believe there are always alternative ways to solve a problem, no matter how difficult the situation. It’s a philosophy I’ve tried to impart to my team. They know me for finding solutions that consider the needs of the business first, which is not necessarily the easiest path for an auditor. I work with a talented team of professionals, and I’m proud that we’re recognized as a dynamic, forward-thinking risk management team.

I’m frequently asked to speak to industry groups, such as the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Family Office Exchange, on current risk management issues. I belong to the AICPA, the Michigan Association of CPAs, and the Detroit chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. I received two bachelor’s degrees and an M.B.A. from Michigan State University.

I spend my free time traveling with my wife and our two beagles. I also enjoy playing golf, bowling, watching baseball, and cooking.