Blackman Kallick Expands Emerging Enterprises and Technology Team

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New partner hiring solidifies firm's commitment to serving the growing number of Chicago-area emerging enterprises and technology companies.

The importance of good oversight cannot be overestimated. These companies need to be looking down the road and planning for the big changes they will encounter two, three or even five years from now.

Blackman Kallick, the Chicago-based audit, tax and consulting firm, has recently expanded its Emerging Enterprises and Technology practice with the addition of John Klisch as Partner. This move reaffirms Blackman Kallick’s commitment to serving the growing number of Chicago-area emerging enterprises and technology companies.

Previously, Mr. Klisch led the Atlanta assurance practice of BDO USA, where he helped expand the technology practice. Over his 20-year career, Klisch has worked with public and private companies in the technology and technology-enabled service sector as well as with media, manufacturing and distribution concerns. Drawing on his extensive industry experience, Klisch excels at guiding companies through growth and financing initiatives, such as mergers and acquisitions, global and domestic expansion, initial public offerings (IPOs), secondary offerings, and private equity and debt financings.

“The reality is that the Chicago marketplace is expanding rapidly as a hub of entrepreneurial growth and tech-related companies,” says Blackman Kallick’s Emerging Enterprises and Technology practice leader Brian Langham. “Many of these companies are on the verge of exponential growth, and Blackman has the unique skill set to help support the growth of these enterprises, so they can achieve their vision.”

Mr. Klisch agrees. “The importance of good oversight cannot be overestimated,” he says. “These companies need to be looking down the road and planning for the big changes they will encounter two, three or even five years from now. We bring an experienced perspective on best practices they can establish sooner than later. Whether they ultimately are looking to raise capital, invest in technology, or make sound acquisitions, we make sure they are well positioned to grow their companies to their fullest potential.”

Steve Schneider, Managing Partner of Blackman Kallick, added, “Expanding our Emerging Enterprises and Technology team with Klisch's expertise demonstrates our commitment to support our clients’ growth as they prepare to emerge from their early years of investment."

The decision to join Blackman Kallick, Mr. Klisch explains, brings him a great sense of excitement. “There is an exuberance here that is invigorating,” he says. “The passion of the partners and the mentor atmosphere Blackman cultivates provides for great opportunities for success in this market  both for our clients and our professionals. Blackman is certainly the place to be.”

About Blackman Kallick

Blackman Kallick provides audit, tax, and consulting services for privately held and public companies as well as not-for-profit organizations. Founded in 1962, Blackman Kallick is the ninth largest accounting and consulting firm in Chicago (Crain’s Chicago Business, October 17, 2011), employs more than 220 professionals, and is a leading member of HLB International, a worldwide network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisors in 450 offices spanning 100 countries. With specialized industry practices that include Emerging Enterprises and Technology, Manufacturing and Distribution, Construction, Family Office, Food, Hospitality, Insurance, Not-for-Profit, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Real Estate, and Healthcare Services, Blackman Kallick combines sophisticated, market-leading services with an accessible and personal approach. For more information, please visit BlackmanKallick.com.

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