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Who We Are

Alexander “Babe” Kuhn, CPA, Partner Emeritus

After taking over Kuhn & Company from his father more than 50 years ago, Alex quickly put his own stamp on the business. During his leadership, Kuhn & Company grew from humble beginnings into the full-service accounting and privately-held business advisory firm that it is today. The personal and business relationships that were developed during this time and the culture that Alex cultivated are the reasons that so many of our clients have become long-term partners. Alex likes to remind everyone that we have one client that has been with us since our inception in 1926. Although he has scaled back on work over the last few years, Alex still remains involved, serving in advisory capacities and fulfilling trustee duties. 

Michael Marshall, MSA, CPA, Partner

Mike started with Kuhn & Company in 2018 after six years in public accounting and five years in private industry.  Prior to joining the firm, Mike worked in the transaction services group at PwC and was responsible for technical accounting and financial reporting at Baxter International and PSAV. During his time at PwC, he had the opportunity to work on a variety of capital raising and merger transactions, with both small, closely-held businesses and Fortune 100 companies. Mike is a CPA and holds a B.S. and M.S. in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame.   

Kevin Kuhn, CPA, Partner

Kevin started with Kuhn & Company in 2016 and brings with him eight years of financial services experience. Prior to joining the family firm, Kevin worked as a closely-held asset analyst in Northern Trust's Family Business Group, as a Senior Associate in PwC's Financial Services Assurance Team and most recently, as a Vice President of Business Development with Citadel Securities. He has had the opportunity to work with a variety of teams and clients, from small-business owners to Fortune 500 companies and looks forward to bringing his insights to the firm's clients. Kevin is a CPA and holds a dual B.S. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Dayton. 

Jim Kuhn, CPA, Partner

After graduating with a B.S. in Accounting from University of Texas at Austin in 1986 and earning his CPA designation in 1987, Jim joined his father and brother at Kuhn & Company. Now, with 30+ years in the business, his public accounting experience includes managing attestation engagements for privately-held businesses, developing tax saving strategies, and consulting on a wide array of business issues such as business succession, feasibility studies, process reengineering, and accounting systems. On a daily basis, Jim draws on his extensive expertise to achieve his ultimate goal – helping his clients attain peace of mind.

Laima Kiliene, CPA, Partner

In summer 2016, Laima celebrated her 15th year at Kuhn & Company. Her role at the firm has evolved over the years to match her professional strengths and interests. She is currently a Tax Manager, overseeing tax planning, compliance with laws and regulations, and preparation of tax returns. Being a part of an incredible team that puts clients' needs first is what makes each day at Kuhn & Company a rewarding experience. She received her B.A. in Accounting from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, and later completed her CPA certification. 

Steve Kuhn, CPA, Partner

This year marks Steve's 40th at Kuhn & Company and in his own words what has been the key to that longevity, "I have been priviledged to work with and for some amazing people.  The spirit and determination I see in our clients is inspiring.  Witnessing them succeed, and hopefully we were an integral part of it, is what has kept me coming to the office all these years."  Steve graduated from Western Illinois University in 1976 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and is a licensed CPA in the State of Illinois.  He oversees Kuhn & Company's assurance practice and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Illinois CPA Society. 

Kacie McDonald, CPA, Senior Assurance Associate

Kacie has been with Kuhn & Company since the beginning of 2016. In 2013, Kacie earned her Bachelor's in Business from Trinity Christian College, graduating with high honors. Kacie attained her CPA licensure in 2020. Kacie's previous work experience and education have shaped her understanding of the unique challenges that small businesses face. Her favorite part of the role is learning how her client's businesses work and helping them gain meaningful insight into their financial reporting processes. 

Courtney Karas, MS

Courtney has been with Kuhn & Company since the beginning of 2018. She earned her Master's in Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Her background brings 10+ years of operations experience and 5+ years of accounting experience mainly with small, family-owned businesses.     

Mackenzie Sax, Senior Assurance Associate

Mackenzie started with Kuhn & Company in 2020 after two years in public accounting. Mackenzie obtained her Bachelor’s in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University. Prior to joining the firm, Mackenzie worked in the audit department at one of the largest accounting firms in the Chicagoland area. Her previous work experience has helped her understand the needs of clients and efficient ways to help them.

Chris Marshall, Internal Accounting

Chris is the cog that keeps the gears turning at Kuhn & Company. As the office manager and internal accountant, she works behind the scenes to keep the business running smoothly.