Porte Brown Partner Becomes Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA)

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Porte Brown Partner Becomes Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA). Jeffrey R. Smiejek, Partner, CPA and CVA at Chicago-area CPA firm, completes rigorous program and joins exclusive group of fewer than 133 certified exit planning professionals worldwide.

Porte Brown LLC (http://www.PorteBrown.com) has announced that Jeffrey R. Smiejek, Partner, CPA and CVA at the Chicago area CPA firm, has earned designation as a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA). CEPA certification is administered by the Exit Planning Institute – the premier provider of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for exit planning professionals. Having earned CEPA certification, Jeffrey joins an exclusive group of fewer than 133 business advisors worldwide who have received this prestigious designation.

Chris Zdunich of Porte Brown says the CEPA certification will play an important role in the business valuation and transition planning services the firm offers. "Exit planning is one of the most important decisions a business owner will make in the life of his or her business. The rigorous testing and training that Jeff received through the CEPA certification process provides us with a level of skill and specialized expertise that the average accounting firm simply can’t offer. We’re extremely proud of Jeff’s accomplishment.”

Using an executive MBA style format, the CEPA program is designed specifically for business advisors who work closely with the owners of privately-held businesses. Having received CEPA certification, Jeffrey gains access to strategic resources and proprietary tools developed by the Exit Planning Institute (http://www.exit-planning-institute.org), enabling Porte Brown to solidify the commitment to helping clients exit their companies successfully.

CEPA certification is just the latest in a long list of noteworthy accomplishments achieved by the Chicago area accounting firm that aims to become the dominant regional service provider offering a full range of accounting, tax, audit, business consulting, and technology solutions. Other recent certifications, awards, and industry associations include CCIFP, 2020 International, MSA Membership, Master of Science in Taxation (MST), Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA), Rotarian of the Year 2009, and ‘Best Places to Work’ in Illinois.

Visit http://www.portebrown.com/services/valuation_and_transition_planning.aspx to learn more about the business valuation and transition planning services offered by Porte Brown.

About Porte Brown
Porte Brown is an established 70-person accounting and technology firm located in Elk Grove Village, IL. They are well known for dedication to value driven, efficient business processes, a unique no extensions for tax returns policy, and extensive development and training of professional staff. Porte Brown provides a wide range of accounting and technology services including tax, estate and trust, business valuations, audit, retirement services, computer software, network set up and hardware systems.

Visit the Porte Brown website at http://www.portebrown.com for more information.

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