What Our Clients Are Saying
Mike Abbene, V.P./CIO-Retired
“We were extremely pleased with our enterprise information security risk assessment performed by Brown Smith Wallace. They identified several different areas that were at risk, and developed the foundation to increase control of our information security. As a result of their expertise, more than 30 policies were rewritten, consolidated or created.”
The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company
Gregory H. Klaus, Chief Financial Officer
“They do a great job for us.”
Jessica Herr, Director, Financial Planning – former
“Brown Smith Wallace has been instrumental in helping Belden build its internal audit, enterprise risk management, and Sarbanes-Oxley programs. I really appreciate the level of partner involvement and thought leadership and the impact they have had on our company.”
Mike Gray, CFO
“For the last five years, Brown Smith Wallace has provided tax, accounting, and consulting services for our family of owners and various corporate entities in the US, Canada and Mexico. The initial transition went smoothly and the assigned team has remained consistent over the years. We can’t say enough about the engagement team. They have strong technical skills, are extremely responsive and very easy to work with. We’re fortunate to work with a firm that takes a strong personal interest in its clients while being dedicated to providing value-added service.”
BJC Health Care
Mary Riggs, Manager
“I worked with Brown Smith Wallace on several internal audit projects. I found them to be very knowledgeable of health care operations and understood how the work they completed was integrated into and enhanced our internal controls. One internal audit area of great help was the analysis and development of controls related to data access and its meaningful use implications.”
Neil Jaffe, Co-President
“We’re a family business so we have business needs, personal financial needs and issues that often fall into both camps. We’ve received excellent succession planning advice and assistance from Brown Smith Wallace as well as practical valuation and gifting advice. We rely on the firm for all of our accounting and tax advice, where we also regularly receive value added ideas. Our advisers are very patient in explaining the various impacts of key decisions on both the business and each family member. Each family member is very glad we turned a new page in our accounting firm relationship.”
CCA Global Partners
Jim Acker, CFO
“A few years ago, we made the decision to move our audit and tax work to a larger firm. We had grown considerably, and were looking for a firm that could provide value beyond just the traditional audit and tax work that we had needed in the past. Our requirements did not preclude a firm that was unfamiliar with our industry from being chosen, but certainly the size of the firm and their commitment to quality were important factors to us. We were looking for a good fit and a good partner. After an extensive review, we chose Brown Smith Wallace to be our partner.
From the start of our engagement, Brown Smith Wallace did not disappoint, as they initially impressed us with their audit and tax knowledge and capabilities. Early on, they recommended a change in a tax filing that saved us a considerable sum of money….and we realized they had a whole lot more to offer. We have used them to assist us with acquisitions, conduct penetration tests of our IT security, and perform a variety of operational and financial special projects.
If you are looking for an accounting firm that adds real value, strives to understand your business, and is committed to being a long-term partner, you should talk to Brown Smith Wallace.”
“The team at Brown Smith Wallace truly understands customer service and the ever changing health care landscape. Their knowledge, expertise and advice have proven a key ingredient in the successful provision of services for the hospital. I highly recommend them.”
City of St. Charles
Michael L. Spurgeon, Director of Administration
“During the year we have been worked with Brown Smith Wallace, I have found that their team has tremendous expertise in local government financial operations. They have demonstrated a keen understanding of our risks and worked with our city officials to develop sensible solutions to mitigate those risks. Moreover, they have provided us with a number of suggested “best practices” in day-to-day operations and have helped document the way we do things. I can say without question that Brown Smith Wallace has truly made a measurable difference for the City of St. Charles and its finance department. I would recommend their organization for any work for which they are under consideration.”
City of St. Louis/Comptroller’s Office
Elaine Harris Spearman, Esq., Legal Advisor & Chief of Staff
“Brown Smith Wallace has assisted the City of St. Louis in a review of its Internal Audit function in accordance with professional standards outlined by the Institute of Internal Auditors. The team from Brown Smith Wallace, led by Ron Steinkamp, provided the City with recommendations related to Internal Audit that should improve Internal Audit’s conformance to the professional standards as well as the efficiency and effectiveness in which they operate. I highly recommend Brown Smith Wallace.”
Communications Supply Corp.
Mason Rotelli, CIO & VP Inventory Management
“BSW Consulting has incredible depth of knowledge about the distribution business. They listen, and take what they learn to actionable results. Their ERP selection experience was invaluable to CSC. Without question, BSW had the most positive rate of return of ANY consulting firm I have ever hired, and I’ve hired a lot of consultants over the years.”
Custom Disability Solutions
A division of Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co.
Paul K. Fields, Chief Financial Officer
“Excellent service, great audit firm.”
Distribution Management, Inc.
Mark C. Dougherty, Director, Information Services
“The security team at Brown Smith Wallace has been extremely helpful in providing us a roadmap to PCI compliance. They have listened, been proactive and pragmatic. A key element in our relationship is getting the right balance between overcoming compliance issues and getting the day-to-day business done. The Brown Smith Wallace security team is very experienced and knowledgeable.”
Epworth Children and Family Services
Kevin Drollinger, Executive Director
“We switched to Brown Smith Wallace two years ago. Their professionalism, deep nonprofit connections, up-to-the minute industry knowledge and their superb staff have led to fresh, timely and thoughtful reports to the Board of Directors and the Senior Staff. I recommend them highly!”
First Brokerage America, LLC
Judy Payuk, VP/Chief Compliance Officer
“We are extremely satisfied with the audit services provided by Brown Smith Wallace. Our team at Brown Smith Wallace is always available and responsive to our questions, understands our business model and our industry, and consistently delivers outstanding and timely results. Thank you Brown Smith Wallace.”
First Capitol Dermatology L.L.C.
Henry W. Clever III, M.D.
“Brown Smith Wallace has been helping my dermatology practice for over 10 years, and my father’s pediatric practice before that. I couldn’t imagine doing business without them.
They maintain our personal and business records with ease and expertise. They are extremely knowledgeable in the complexities and nuances of physician practices which have helped me keep my medical practice thriving when others are struggling. I refer colleagues to them because I’m confident they will find no better firm. They are truly experts.”
Florists’ Mutual Insurance Company
Mona Haberer, President & CEO
“For over five years we have turned to Brown Smith Wallace for sound financial advice, realizing significant savings in audit and tax fees. With the firm’s continual expansion of services and expertise, I’m confident that should additional needs arise for us, Brown Smith Wallace will be there to meet them.”
Gary White, CEO
“The Health Care Services team was an asset to our management team. They conducted strategic planning sessions and helped us craft our strategy and branding for our services including hospice and therapy throughout the community. They also worked with us to create a new “brand” for the delivery of our therapy services throughout our campus and the community. Brown Smith Wallace truly understands the senior housing and post acute market and knows how to craft relevant and practical solutions.”
The Gund Company
Richard C. Gund, Executive Vice President
Each year, we seem to come up with a number of accounting and tax challenges the Brown Smith Wallace team resolves without hesitation, meeting the most demanding timelines. As a $60 million organization with no CPA on staff, we’ve come to trust and rely upon Brown Smith Wallace’s breadth and depth of professional services. In the last year they’ve helped us establish an IC-DISC for our export sales, update our foreign entity transfer pricing policy, review our financial statements, help us complete our 2011 tax return and lead us through an IRS audit—which resulted in no fines or additional tax owed – with outstanding leadership, knowledge and diplomacy.
Jim Millman, President
“When I consulted with Brown Smith Wallace about my individual taxes, they pointed out a recent technical development that applied directly to my individual situation and as a result were able to reduce my overall tax liability. They also reviewed my Company’s prior year corporate state returns and found that one state’s apportionment factor had been overstated. In the end, they were able to identify significant tax savings on both my individual and corporate tax returns. Needless to say, I’m delighted with their attention to detail and focus on providing value.”
Independence Holding Company
Paul Janerico, Vice President, Internal Audit
“Brown Smith Wallace provides us with detail-oriented, user friendly service as our outsourced internal audit provider. They’ve been very helpful in enhancing our controls with their internal control and operational recommendations. We have made particularly good use of their sampling resources and they have provided us with very helpful, independent support to our SOX compliance efforts. I am very impressed with the depth of their insurance industry knowledge, and I find them very approachable and easy to work with. They have demonstrated great flexibility in our dynamic environment.”