Three Standout Sikich Leaders Honored on Forbes’ Inaugural America’s Top 200 CPA List

CHICAGO – April 23, 2024 – Sikich, a global technology-enabled professional services company, is honored to announce that three of its leaders have been named among America’s Top 200 CPAs for 2024 by Forbes. This is the first time the highly regarded publication has produced this list, curated exclusively by Forbes’ editorial staff. These team members were chosen based on factors such as career achievement, influence on the profession, thought leadership, technology adoption and innovation.

Those selected include:

  • Melinda DeCorteCPA, CGFM, CFE, PMP, serves on the Sikich Board and leads the company’s federal government industry vertical and federal audit practice. She serves in a quality assurance capacity for financial statement audits conducted in accordance with government auditing standards. Before her career in public accounting, Melinda served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army, Finance Corps.
  • Richard LynchCPA, serves on the Sikich Board and was recently named co-managing principal of the Sikich CPA practice and oversees the team’s operational structure and guides the strategic vision for the company’s accounting, audit, tax and consulting services. Prior to his current role, Richard was the partner-in-charge of the not-for-profit and higher education practice and Central Illinois market lead.
  • Karen Sanchez, CPA, QPA, serves on the Sikich Board and leads the Employee Benefit Plan audit and retirement plan compliance practices at Sikich. She provides retirement plan and welfare plan audit and consulting services to for-profit entities as well as not-for-profit and government entities.

“This recognition from Forbes is a testament not only to the exceptional talent we have at Sikich but also to the integrity and excellence that define the CPA profession,” said CEO Chris Geier. “Melinda, Richard and Karen have more than earned their spot within such an elite group. They exemplify our commitment to building remarkable careers and serving our clients at the highest level.”

The selection process for this list, spanning nearly a year, involved identifying and evaluating more than 1,000 CPAs from a variety of backgrounds, specializations and locations. Nominees were rated on criteria including expertise, innovation, thought leadership, experience, client base and diversity, ethical and regulatory compliance, and service to the community and profession.

To read the full list and learn more about the methodology, visit

About Sikich

Sikich is a global company specializing in technology-enabled professional services. With nearly 2,000 employees, Sikich draws on a diverse portfolio of technology solutions to deliver transformative digital strategies and ranks as one of the largest CPA firms in the United States. From corporations and not-for-profits to state and local governments and federal agencies, Sikich clients utilize a broad spectrum of services and products to help them improve performance and achieve long-term, strategic goals.


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