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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.  Alex spends his free time with his wife of 60 years, Shirley, six kids, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  His role as the Kuhn family patriarch seems to expand every day as new great grandchildren join the family.

Steve Kuhn CPA, President, 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.  Outside of the office Steve is kept busy by his wife, Debra and his three grandchildren.

Jim Kuhn CPA, Executive Vice President, 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. Another critical part of Jim’s role entails overseeing hiring and development. In his words, “Just as gratifying as client peace of mind is seeing a staff member experience the same gratification from something he or she has done to positively impact a client’s life.” Outside the office, Jim enjoys snowboarding with his three daughters and putzing in the woodshop executing the perfect dovetail joint.

Kevin Kuhn CPA, Vice President 

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 BS in Accounting and Finance from the University of Dayton. Outside of the office Kevin spends time with his wife, Danielle, and sons, Mason and Camden. He is a member of the St. Viator High School Finance Committee and sits on the Associate Board of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation.

Laima Kiliene CPA, Tax Manager

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 BA in Accounting from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, and later completed her CPA certification. She lives with her teenage daughter, Laura.  She is active in the Lithuanian community, and enjoys traveling and entertaining friends.

Denise Ridderhoff CPA, Audit Manager

Denise has been with Kuhn & Company since early 2015. She brought to the firm 25+ years financial management experience from positions as the Accountant for a start-up non-profit, an Accounting Manager for a large distribution business and as a Senior Auditor in a public accounting firm. She graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with her BS in Accountancy and her CPA. Her return to public accounting was driven by desire to work hands-on as a business advisor to smaller businesses; where, the role offers a constant learning environment, variety in substance and clients who are passionate about their products. Denise and her husband, Rick have 3 children. She enjoys volunteering at her church as a Precept Bible study leader.

Kacie McDonald, Senior Staff Accountant

Kacie has been with Kuhn & Company since the beginning of 2016. Her previous five years as an Accounting Clerk created an ideal foundation for her current position. In 2013, Kacie earned her Bachelor's in Business from Trinity Christian College, graduating with high honors. 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. Kacie and her husband Bill were married in 2015 and adopted their adorable Golden Retriever, Ruger. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing and the company of family and friends.

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. Outside of the office, Chris spends her time with her husband, Bob, her three children, Andrew, Kim, and Mike, and her adorable grandson, Everett.