Annual Sponsor: Baker Tilly with Corey Tremaine
Tell us about your business? What is your scope and/or expertise? How can you be a valuable partner with NAIOP-WI members? Founded in 1931, Baker Tilly is now one of the top 15 accounting and advisory firms in the country. Our focus on industry and service specialization means clients can expect to work with business advisors who understand their competitive environment and the issues they face. We have approximately 40 partners and 300 professionals dedicated to the real estate and construction industry, serving thousands of commercial and residential developers, owners, operators, lenders, investors, and construction contractors. At any stage of the real estate life cycle, we offer a thorough understanding of the operational and capital challenges facing the real estate industry.
As an accounting and assurance partner, I oversee the audits, reviews, and compilations of financial statements for a variety of privately held real estate and construction companies. I also advise clients on accounting, tax, and operational opportunities in support of their strategic business goals.
What is a project/deal/opportunity you are most proud of? Go ahead, brag a little (and we won’t complain if you share a story that involves a NAIOP connection)! As a partner with NAIOP, we offer members valuable insight on important accounting and tax issues affecting their business. We can help them make informed decisions regarding the growth of their business by tapping into our specialized real estate knowledge and experience. We also offer a broad network of key players in the industry through our client and referral source relationships.
Tell us about yourself… family, college, hometown, hobbies, when you started in the business, etc. Share something most people wouldn’t know about you. I grew up in Marshall Wisconsin, a very small town close to Madison. It was the only town I know of that had two dairy farms within city limits. I attended the “Harvard” of the North or UW LaCrosse. In keeping with the small town theme, I currently live in Jackson, Wisconsin and have 3 boys (Christopher 8, Benji 6, Andrew 3) plus a princess (Haley 1). My wife (Wendy) is extremely busy as full time chauffer, cook, scheduler, counselor, doctor, maid, and yes the best mother to our 4 kids. My hobbies before kids used to revolve around playing a ton of volleyball. (Shawn Cavin can attest to the fact that I obviously don’t spend a lot of time golfing). Now most of the free time is attending kids’ events. One of our family hobbies is camping. We still manage to fit in our pop-up camper & we’ll typically get out camping between 2 & 4 times per summer.
What are 3 things you would take with you to a deserted island? If I were on a deserted island, the three things I’d bring…this reminds me of an old joke… The Italian brings plenty of drinking water (for obvious reasons). The German brings a battery powered fan, so he can help them all stay cool during the hot afternoons. The Polack brings a door. Now after sharing their water & fan with the third guy & seeing him drag around this door for a couple of days, the first two guys are completely pissed off. They ask – why did you bring a door? To which he responds, “Haven’t you noticed? When it gets hot out I’ve been rolling down the window so we all get plenty of fresh air.”
Share your Facebook/Twitter links: I’m not on twitter or Facebook. I much prefer the face to face (or at least verbal) interactions over social media.