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Alan D. Whitman

Chairman and CEO, CPA, CGMA
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Alan Whitman is the chairman and chief executive officer of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause. He leads business, operational, cultural and other strategic activities designed to build Baker Tilly’s position of leadership within the profession. He has had various leadership roles with Baker Tilly, including leading international services and serving as regional managing partner for Baker Tilly Michigan. He joined Baker Tilly in 2003 after spending 15 years with a national CPA firm.

Alan is chairman of the firm’s Board of Partners and is the founder of the firm’s international services platform. He sits on several committees including as chair of the firm’s International Steering Committee. Alan is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the firm. He has been a leader at Baker Tilly for more than 12 years. His previous experience includes leading the Detroit, Michigan, middle-market tax practice for a national CPA firm.

Experience

  • Conducts day-to-day operational management of Baker Tilly
  • Oversees direction for current and long term profitability, while managing risk to ensure consistency with firm strategy
  • Managed the client service program to ensure maximum customer satisfaction
  • Leads the development of leadership and management platforms
  • Oversees the recruiting and retention efforts to acquire the highest caliber staff and improve employee job satisfaction and performance
  • Works with other firm leaders to help formulate and execute the firm’s strategies
  • Develops internal policies and procedures that ensure quality service for clients
  • Provides leadership, management, and strategic direction including client service, staff retention and recruiting, and profitability
  • Implements deployment of firm business objectives
  • An active contributor within the Baker Tilly International global network and serves as a founding member of the Network’s Knowledge Sharing Group

Involvement

  • Detroit Economic Club (DEC), Board Member
  • Metro Detroit YMCA, Board, Executive Committee, and Finance Committee Member
  • The Community House, Board Member and Audit Committee Chair
  • Michigan Israel Business Bridge (MIBB), Board Member
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA)

Education

Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting