Chuck Droege

Charles R. Droege

Chief Operating Officer

+1 (312) 729 8008

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As Baker Tilly’s chief operating officer, Chuck Droege collaborates with the CEO as well as regional, consulting, risk, growth and service line managing partners on all operational aspects of Baker Tilly. He joined Baker Tilly in 1999. He has served in multiple roles throughout the years including leader of our Illinois team software and technology group.

  • Partner on reviews and audits of more than 20 large, professional services, software and technology consulting and retail businesses
  • Partner in charge of more than 40 employee benefit plan audits including 401(k) plans, health and welfare plans and defined benefit plans
  • Partner and pre-issuance reviewer of more than 10 large university audits
  • Lead partner for a number of comprehensive bases of accounting audit engagements including modified cash basis, income tax basis, contract basis accounting and special purpose frameworks
  • Partner in charge of annual special purpose framework audits for airport and aviation authorities throughout the United States
  • Team leader for large Sarbanes Oxley Section 404 project
  • Tax compliance experience including research, planning and preparation
  • Assists clients with various bookkeeping services
  • Specializes in serving closely held, middle market businesses
  • Frequently attends accounting and auditing workshops, conferences and seminars
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS)
  • Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA)
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago, Audit Committee member, board member
  • Chicago International Film Festival, board chair
  • Gene Siskel Film Center Advisory Board, member


Chicago, IL


Bachelor of Science in accounting (magna cum laude)

University of Wisconsin–Superior