Chuck Droege

Charles R. Droege

Chief Operating Officer

+1 (312) 729 8008

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Chuck joined Baker Tilly in 1999, and he has served in multiple roles throughout the years, including as the Illinois team leader of our professional services, software and technology group.

  • ­Responsible for large scale transformational projects and overall firm operations
  • ­Leads the negotiations, due diligence and integration process for all merger combinations and acquisitions.
  • ­Continues to evolve the partnership as it relates to partner capital, compensation and retirement plans
  • ­Oversees the firm’s technology and finance functions
  • ­Oversees the financial planning and reporting processes
  • ­Partner on reviews and audits of more than 20 large professional services, software and technology group 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 basis 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
  • ­Specializes in serving closely held, middle market businesses
  • Responsible for the digital transformation of the firm
  • ­Lyric Opera of Chicago, Board Member
  • ­Chicago International Film Festival Board Chair
  • Gene Siskel Film Center Advisory Board
  • ­Civic Federation of Chicago, Executive Committee and Board Member; 2016-2019
  • ­East Isthmus Neighborhood Planning Council Finance Board Member; 2001–2003
  • ­Urban Open Space Foundation Audit Committee Member; 2003–2008


Chicago, IL


University of Wisconsin – Superior
Bachelor of Science in accounting – Magna Cum Laude