Management Team

Management Team

Keith Grover, CPA

Keith earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University. He has been in public accounting for over 25 years, and at Polk and Associates, PLC for over 20 years.

Keith is the firm’s leader in its real estate practice.  He assist clients in acquisitions and dispositions of real estate,  including projections and forecasts, real estate exchanges,  acquisition due diligence,  cost segregation studies, and tax planning.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. Outside of Polk and Associates, Keith has served as a board member and Treasurer of a private organization.

Richard Williams, CPA, ABV, CGMA

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Rick is the Managing Partner of Polk and Associates and Director of our Attest, and Manufacturing services divisions. Rick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Western Michigan University. He has served in  public accounting specializing in Manufacturing and Healthcare valuation, has earned his Accreditation in Business Valuation (ABV) from the AICPA and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Rick is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services section, Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA), MMA Tax Policy Committee, SAE, Affordable Housing Association of Certified Public Accountants (AHACPA), and  Automation Alley.  Rick has served on the executive and finance committees of several private and religious organizations.

Robert Bennett, Senior Audit Manager , CPA, CGMA

Robert earned his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from University of Windsor, Master of Arts in Political Science from University of Windsor, and his Master of Science in Accountancy from Walsh College.   He is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountant and Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Robert joined Polk and Associates in 2012 and has worked in public accounting for 11 years.  He has expertise in performing auditing and auditing of Housing Urban Development that meet the Governmental Auditing Standards; Reviews and Compilations. Robert helps clients who are intimidated and frustrated with the prospect of completing an audit. Robert has developed procedures and utilizes technology to assist his clients in achieving an efficient and effective audit and reducing the stress of his clients.   

James C. Zann, Director of Tax, CPA, CVA

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Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics from the University of Michigan, Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses, and attended undergraduate studies in accounting at Wayne State University.

Jim is Director of Tax with Polk and Associates and works with individuals and businesses to develop effective tax strategies. He provides consulting and valuation services as well as assist clients with their estate and trust taxation and planning needs.

Jim is a member of the Michigan Association of Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). Jim has served on various committees in the valuation area and currently serves as treasurer for a local not for profit organization.

Mike Murray, Principal

Mike is a Principal of Polk and Associates and specializes in Estate and Fiduciary Services. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He brings a wealth of experience in meeting the needs of our clients in Estate and Trust Planning and administration. He also serves on the executive and finance committees of several local nonprofit organizations.

 

 

Derek M. Chavis, Tax Manager, CPA, EA

Derek earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting as well as a Master of Science in Accountancy from Eastern Michigan University. Derek is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) as well as a A2Y Regional Chamber member.

Derek joined Polk and Associates in 2017 and has worked professionally in both public accounting and the private sector with a niche in real estate for 8 years.

 

Brenda Blosser, Director of Firm Management, AAAPM

Brenda photoBrenda joined Polk and Associates, PLC in 2013.  As the Director of Firm Management, she is focused on the ongoing development of efficient and effective best practices for the firm.   Her expertise is in the areas of firm management and operations, strategic planning, database management, and human resources.  She has extensive experience in supervision of administrative support, employee development and mentoring.

Prior to joining Polk and Associates, Brenda was a Regional Administrative Manager with a local public accounting firm for 13 years.  Prior to her public accounting experience, she worked in the automotive industry in the areas of client relations, employee relations and recruitment for Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, General Motors and Arvin Meritor.  Brenda attended Northwood University, is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), VSHRM, CPA Firm Management Association (CPAFMA), and is a member of the MICPA.