Our firm provides outstanding service to our clients because of our dedication to the three underlying principles of professionalism, responsiveness and quality.
Our firm is one of the leading firms in the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the energy of our staff, each client receives close personal and professional attention. Our high standards, service and specialized staff spell the difference between our outstanding performance, and other firms. We make sure that every client is served by the expertise of our whole firm.
Our firm is responsive. Companies who choose our firm rely on competent advice and fast, accurate personnel. We provide total financial services to individuals, large and small businesses and other agencies. To see a listing of our services, please take a moment and look at our services page. Because we get new business from the people who know us best, client referrals have fueled our growth in the recent years. Through hard work, we have earned the respect of the business and financial communities. This respect illustrates our diverse talents, dedication and ability to respond quickly.
An accounting firm is known for the quality of its service. Our firm’s reputation reflects the high standards we demand of ourselves. Our primary goal as a trusted advisor is to be available to provide insightful advice to enable our clients to make informed financial decisions. We do not accept anything less from ourselves and this is what we deliver to you. We feel it is extremely important to continually professionally educate ourselves to improve our technical expertise, financial knowledge and service to our clients. Our high service quality and satisfied clients are the result of our commitment to excellence. We will answer all of your questions, as they impact both your tax and financial situations. We welcome you to contact us anytime.
Mary J. Behling, CPA (Partner)
Working for my Dad and mentor, Bob Selberg, as his office manager while I was taking night courses to get my accounting degree provided me with a unique understanding and insight into my studies. As a second generation CPA, I feel fortunate to have had the benefit of learning from my Dad’s experiences, as well as my own. One of the most fundamental things that I learned from him is that tax and accounting isn’t just about the numbers, it’s about relationships and people – and helping them achieve their personal and professional goals. I am honored to be carrying on his tradition of quality professional service with clients he began working with more than forty years ago.
I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in 1990, after almost 10 years of night courses taken while I was working full-time. I think the proudest moment in my life was calling Dad to let him know that I had just received notice that I had written the second highest score in the nation (out of 73,000 people) on the November 1991 CPA exam, and was to be presented with an Elijah Watt Sells award by the American Institute of CPAs. He jokingly asked why I got second place, and not first, but I knew he was as thrilled as I was!
Upon graduation, I decided that I needed to “broaden my horizons”, and was fortunate to get a job with a national CPA firm in Madison, Wisconsin where I had the benefit of working with wonderfully talented professionals and sharpening my technical skills. Three years later, I had the opportunity to come back to Fort Atkinson and work side-by-side with Dad as a CPA, ultimately becoming a partner in 1999, and working together until his retirement in 2002.
One of the things I like best about working with closely held business owners is the opportunity to get a feel for their “big picture”, and to coordinate tax and accounting strategies that maximize their overall financial outcomes. Having had the wonderful opportunity to work with a larger firm, and tapping into specialized expertise, I have also come to appreciate the value to clients of hands-on, personal, consistent, quality service.
Fort Atkinson is a progressive and service-oriented community. I’ve enjoyed being active in the community, and getting the opportunity to work side-by-side with various community leaders. In 1998, I was honored to serve as the first woman President in the Fort Atkinson Rotary Club’s 60 year history, and continue to be an active Rotarian. I’ve served on the boards of directors of various organizations over the years, including the Fort Atkinson Alumni Association Foundation, United Way of Jefferson County, and more recently as the treasurer of the Fort Memorial Hospital Foundation and as a member of the steering committee for the Jefferson County Humane Society.
Professionally, I have been an active member of the American Women’s Society of CPAs, serving in the 1990’s as President of the Madison Chapter, and as a Director at the National level for several years. I am also a member of both the American Institute of CPAs and the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs.
On January 1 of 1993 I married my best friend, Tom Behling. We enjoy country living with our menagerie of animals, and hitting the road in our “new” 1997 RV in pursuit of great golf courses, when we can get away.
14 South 3rd West
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538