Wagner Named Partner-in-Charge of Manufacturing

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Milwaukee-based exec will oversee work across key service lines

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — May 27, 2015 — Sikich LLP, a leading professional services firm specializing in accounting, technology, investment banking and advisory services, recently named James Wagner, CPA, partner-in-charge of its manufacturing and distribution practice.

Wagner will assume his new responsibilities while continuing to serve as a partner in Sikich’s Milwaukee office and working with local middle-market businesses and their owners. His core areas of specialization include cash flow analysis, multi-state tax issues and sales and use tax compliance.

In his more than 40 years in public accounting, Wagner has provided audit, accounting, tax and business consulting services to a wide range of manufacturers and distributors. This includes $5 million- to $200 million-sized foundry, forging operations, aviation systems and cheese producers.

As partner-in-charge, Wagner will lead Sikich’s manufacturing and distribution practice, which provides consulting services to an array of manufacturers, wholesale distributors and warehousing and storage companies. He also will oversee business development for key service lines, including accounting, audit, tax and technology.

“Jim has spent most of his career immersed in the manufacturing and distribution industries. He understands fully the trends and marketplace changes that challenge manufacturers and distributors today. His deep expertise speaks to the needs of our clients and aligns with the industry as a whole,” said Jim Sikich, CEO of Sikich LLP. “I am confident Jim will make great strides and strategically build alliances across service lines to help foster relationships with current clients and prospects.”

Wagner is an active member in several standard-setting accounting organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA). He was also past chairman for the Wisconsin chapter of Construction Finance Management Association (CFMA).

Prior to Sikich, Wagner served as shareholder of auditing and accounting at Kolb+Co. and as a director at Deloitte & Touche LLP. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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