A Plante Moran audit partner, Brian focuses on assisting a variety of public and private emerging enterprises through the steps involved in each stage of growth. Brian understands the challenges that accompany high growth, such as managing complex equity structures and identifying new sources of capital. By making sure emerging enterprises have the proper accounting infrastructure and corporate structures in place early, he keeps entrepreneurs on the right path to achieve their long-term goals while avoiding costly mistakes that could ultimately derail the company’s growth. When those critical accounting requirements are properly addressed, entrepreneurs can focus on being creative and growing their businesses.
Brian prepares emerging enterprises for the next stage of growth by:
- Addressing complex accounting issues such as share-based compensation and revenue recognition for multiple deliverable arrangements.
- Overseeing preparation of audited financial statements for purposes of an initial public offering (IPO), merger, or acquisition.
- Managing the IPO, merger, or acquisition process and coordinating with all parties to clarify expectations and responsibilities, minimize inefficiencies, and make sure all parties are moving toward the ultimate goal.
- Counseling development-stage companies on the steps required for potential exit strategies.
Brian is also a member of the firm’s SEC practice. For more than 25 years, he’s served clients in a variety of industries, including many large manufacturing and distribution companies and foreign corporations looking to be listed on U.S. stock exchanges.
Brian received his B.S. in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Business.