Kindlinger & Company, PC, CPA in Traverse City, MI

Firm Philosophy
We believe our relationships with clients are of utmost importance, and that attentiveness and communication are the keys to a successful working relationship. We respect confidentiality in the services we provide. Striving to learn our clients’ businesses—along with their goals, and working with them to achieve those goals—is the basis of our services. We are more than the “accountants,” we are business advisors. We provide personal attention to our clients and tailor our services to meet their needs. At Kindlinger & Company, we find joy in improving lives and helping people become successful.
Consistency in staffing engagements is important to us, not only does it foster good working relationships, but it saves valuable time and resources for our clients. The more our staff understands a client’s business, the better service we can offer. In doing so, it is important for us to work closely with the client’s staff so that we can solve problems and address concerns in a timely manner.
Firm History
Kindlinger & Company, PC was originally founded in 1973 by Richard M. Jarvis. At that time, the firm’s specialty was primarily corporate and individual taxation. Business consulting and tax planning were the cornerstones of the firm’s success. As the firm grew and gained prestige, larger and more financially complex companies and individuals became clients. As our clients’ needs grew, the firm added an audit and accounting function to service their needs.
Later, in 1990, Christopher W. Kindlinger joined the firm to further meet client’s needs due to the continued growth of the firm. He became a partner in 1994. In 2000, Frank X. Shumsky and Leon M. Quigley merged their individual practices into the firm. In 2013, after the retirement of all of his partners, Chris Kindlinger renamed the firm Kindlinger & Company, PC to more accurately reflect the current practice. This coincided with the move to the firm’s current location in Logan’s West.
Although the firm had been a full service practice in the past, the direction of the firm has gravitated toward working primarily with small businesses and their owners. The audit and attestation aspects of the firm have been phased out allowing us to focus on providing consulting, tax, accounting and business succession services to our small business clients. We pride ourselves on not just analyzing the past and keeping our clients compliant, but helping clients understand how to use that information and apply it to the future. If you are looking for a progressive firm to help move your company forward, give us a call to see how our approach can help you achieve your goals.
Christopher W. Kindlinger, CPA, MST
Chris joined the firm in December of 1990 as a staff accountant and worked his way up to Managing Principal. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Grand Valley State University in Accounting and a Master of Science degree in Taxation, also from Grand Valley State University. His previous experience came from being a staff member of a large firm in Muskegon, Michigan.
Chris has a diversified background in audit and taxation. He specializes in business consulting, succession planning and implementation and tax planning for closely held companies and their owners, as well as for high net worth individuals. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Michigan as well as a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor and a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings has been a client of Chris’s office as long as I can remember, and year after year we benefit from his experience and expertise. Each member of his staff is well trained in their specific area, and our questions and concerns are answered promptly. The billing is fair. We purchased Golden-Fowler in 2008 (at the onset of the Great Recession), and I can proudly say that, in large part due to Chris’s advice, today our company is profitable and debt free.
Mike Mahn
Golden Fowler Home Furnishings
Traverse City, Michigan
(231) 946-7330
3118 Logan Valley Road
Traverse City, MI, 49684
Phone: (231)947-9260
Fax: (231)947-1658

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