State & Local Tax Director, BerganKDV
Chris graduated from the University of Northern Iowa Accounting Department with a B.S. in public administration with an emphasis in economics. He began his career working on Capitol Hill in Washington DC as a Staff Assistant for F. James Sensenbrenner who, at the time, was the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee for the United States House of Representatives. Working as a liaison between federal government and state and local governments, Chris became an expert in state and local tax (SALT) code, more importantly, an expert in state and local audit defense and business compliance. Leaving the federal government, Chris joined a small firm in Eastern Iowa which focused solely on sales and use tax audit and review as well as property tax assessment. Having grown the business of the firm out of Eastern Iowa, into multi-state sales and use tax practice, Chris then took his expertise in the field to BerganKDV. Chris joined BerganKDV in August 2016 to create and build a state and local tax solution from the ground up. Over the past five years he has taken a startup, single state SALT practice and grown it into a multi-million dollar solution with expertise in every state and local jurisdiction. The SALT team Chris built now leads the nation in multi-state SALT consulting and compliance and acts as the outsourced advisory and compliance team for over 200 businesses around the world. Having built a successful SALT practice, Chris took his business building expertise and knowledge and focused it on the client accounting practice within BerganKDV where he now leads the growth and strategy for BerganKDV client accounting and financial advisory. As leader of the Client Accounting team, Chris brought a renewed perspective to the traditional focus of back office accounting and instead began focusing on true business advisory. Renaming the Client Accounting (CAS) department to Financial Accounting Advisory Services Team (FAAST), Chris has grown the outsourced accounting services in BerganKDV into another multi-million dollar service, poised for massive growth. In his free time, Chris enjoys watching his kids play sports, traveling with his family, and spending as much time fishing as he can.