Staff Certifications Boost Chicago Area Accounting Firm Capabilities and Services

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Staff Certifications Boost Chicago Area Account Firm Capabilities and Services. Porte Brown LLC enhances strategic financial services capabilities with specialized tax and 401(k) planning certifications.

Porte Brown LLC (, a Chicago-area CPA firm providing accounting, auditing, tax preparation services, and technology solutions, announced the achievement of advanced credentials by two of its staff. Kelley Krowczyk, CPA, Tax Manager, has earned a Master's of Science in Taxation (M.S.T.) after completing a rigorous 2-year program offered through Northern Illinois University. In addition, Linda Stuart, Plan Administrator, has earned certification as a Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) issued by the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA).

Both accomplishments further Porte Brown's ability to provide specialized accounting and financial services, like strategic tax planning and 401(k) administration, to businesses and individuals throughout the Chicago area, DuPage County, and Cook County.

"Earning my MST was more than just a matter of keeping up with tax code," explains Kelley Krowczyk. "Strategic tax planning is a specialized field that requires intense training and ongoing education to deliver exceptional performance to our clients."

She continued, "It's a real pleasure to work for a progressive firm like Porte Brown because they appreciate how specialized knowledge can translate to client benefits. Not every CPA firm can say that." She adds, "My role as a Strategic Tax Manager is to identify opportunity for tax savings that are often overlooked by other firms - a service we recently provided for a new client in which we identified 5 areas of tax savings that their previous accounting firm missed."

Linda Stuart's recent QKA certification is also a natural outgrowth of Porte Brown's progressive view of client relationships. According to Linda, "I've been involved with 401(k) planning since I began my career with Porte Brown seven years ago. Completing the QKA certification requirements allows me to assist our clients in the administration of their 401(k) retirement plans. Plus, we can provide businesses of all sizes a level of 401(k) planning and consulting typically available only to large corporations."

For more than 60 years, Porte Brown LLC has provided accounting services to individuals and business throughout the suburbs of Chicago including Cook County and DuPage County. Porte Brown specializes in tax planning and preparation services, audit, business valuations, retirement plan administration and consulting. The CPA firm also focuses on technology solutions, providing computer consulting for clients, either by establishing a new network for their operational and accounting needs or working with an existing network with the help of Porte Brown Technology Solutions.

For more information or to meet with one of our partners or accounting/tax experts, please contact Chris Zdunich at 1-847-956-1040 or visit

About Porte Brown
Porte Brown is a mid-sized full service accounting and technology solutions firm offering tax planning and preparation, accounting and auditing, employee benefits administration, business valuations, estate planning, accounting software, computer network support, and complete technology solutions. Since 1946, Porte Brown has earned the trust of its clients by paying close attention to their clients' financial affairs. The key to their success lies in continual client communication and a level of personalized service rarely provided by other firms. Porte Brown serves clients in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, and other areas throughout Illinois.

Visit Porte Brown online at for more information.

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