Baker Tilly Names Four New Members to its Board of Partners

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Accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) has named four new members to the firm’s Board of Partners: Mark Bakko, CPA, MBT; Christine Fenske, CPA; Thomas F. Walker Jr., CPA, JD; and Alan Whitman, CPA. The Board of Partners is the governing body of the firm and is responsible for the establishment and execution of Partnership governance policy, oversight of the CEO, ensuring the continuity of the Partnership, and other major decisions affecting the firm.

Accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) has named four new members to the firm’s Board of Partners: Mark Bakko, CPA, MBT; Christine Fenske, CPA; Thomas F. Walker Jr., CPA, JD; and Alan Whitman, CPA. The Board of Partners is the governing body of the firm and is responsible for the establishment and execution of Partnership governance policy, oversight of the CEO, ensuring the continuity of the Partnership, and other major decisions affecting the firm.

“Mark, Chris, Tom, and Alan bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Baker Tilly Board of Partners,” said Timothy L. Christen, CEO. “I look forward to working together as we continue to advance on our journey to become America’s Finest Professional Services Firm.”

Four New Member to the Board of Partners

Mark Bakko, CPA, MBT, joined Baker Tilly in 2001 and has been a partner and regional tax leader since 2004. Prior to joining Baker Tilly, Bakko spent twelve years at Deloitte & Touche and five years as CFO at a medical device company. He has a Master’s degree in tax from the University of Minnesota and has been an adjunct profession for seven years teaching tax research in the University of Minnesota’s Master’s of Business Taxation program. Bakko is also a frequent speaker at the Minnesota Society of CPAs. Bakko’s community activities include Flywell Flying Club, Junior Achievement, Trustee and finance committee chair at St. Rose of Lima Church and Advisor with the Boy Scouts. Bakko resides in the Minneapolis office.

Christine Fenske, CPA, joined Baker Tilly in 2004 as a partner to lead the financial institutions practice. Prior to joining Baker Tilly, Fenske was with Ernst & Young in Milwaukee where she was a senior manager in charge of the Wisconsin financial institutions marketplace. Fenske graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Wisconsin – Whitewater with a BBA in Accounting. Fenske has served on several boards in her community including Financial Managers Society – Wisconsin Chapter, Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation, Milwaukee Women, Inc, 2012 United Way Campaign, YMCA of Waukesha and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Fenske resides in the Milwaukee office.

Thomas F. Walker Jr., CPA, JD, joined Baker Tilly in 2007 and became a partner that same year. He has served as the Firm Leader of Private Equity and Transaction Services and was recently selected to be the Managing Partner for the firm’s offices in Illinois. Prior to joining the firm, Walker served as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of a federal savings bank specializing in the marketing, origination, issuance and sale of credit card assets. Prior to joining the federal savings bank, Walker was a partner with a large Milwaukee law firm. Walker is involved in several community organizations such as Big Shoulders, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, National Kidney Foundation, and Middle Market Open. Walker resides in the Chicago office.

Alan Whitman, CPA, joined Baker Tilly in 2003 after working at PriceWaterhouseCoopers as the Middle Market Tax Leader. Currently, Whitman is the Managing Partner for the Detroit office. Whitman specializes in providing proactive international business solutions to corporate and individual clients. Whitman serves and has served on many Southeastern Michigan civic and charitable boards as Board Chair, Finance Chair, Audit Committee Member, and Treasurer. Whitman attended Indiana University where he received a BBA in Accounting. Whitman resides in the Detroit Office.

Baker Tilly Board of Partners
> Timothy L. Christen, Chairman and CEO
> Chris Anderson, Managing Partner - Assurance
> Ethan Bach, Principal
> Mark Bakko, Partner
> Jeff DeYoung, Office Managing Partner - Minneapolis
> Christien Fenske, Partner
> Jeff Gendreau, Partner and Regional Attest Practice Leader
> Laura Huggett, Partner
> Bryan Majewski, Managing Principal – Consulting
> Jere Shawver, Managing Partner - Risk
> Kelly Toole, Managing Partner – Tax Services
> Thomas J. Walker, Jr., Office Managing Partner – Chicago/Oak Brooke
> Alan Whitman, Office Managing Partner - Detroit
> Brandon Andries, Executive Managing Partner
> Ed Offterdinger, Executive Managing Partner

About Baker Tilly

With more than 1,400 employees, Baker Tilly provides a wide range of accounting, tax, and advisory services. Ranked as one of the top 20 largest firms in the country*, Baker Tilly serves clients from offices in Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, Washington DC, and throughout Wisconsin.

Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and business advisory firms in 125 countries, with more than 24,000 professionals. The combined worldwide revenue of independent member firms exceeds $3 billion.

*According to the 2012 Accounting Today “Top 100 Firms.”

For more information, contact Karen Voracek, Firm Communications, at karen.voracek@bakertilly.com or 612 876 4857

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