Baker Tilly’s Stewardship Day

All firm offices and employees to celebrate CEO transition by dedicating entire workday to the cause of food insecurity.

CHICAGO (April 14, 2016) – Accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) has announced that its employees will dedicate the entire workday of Thursday, July 14, 2016, to community service, giving and education.

On June 1, 2016, Alan Whitman will officially become Baker Tilly CEO. On July 14, Baker Tilly’s Stewardship Day will be held as a way to celebrate the transition of the firm’s leadership. Tim Christen, who led Baker Tilly for 17 years, will leave his current position as CEO to continue to focus on his chairmanship of the American Institute of CPAs. Christen will also continue to fill important roles and make ongoing contributions to the organizational growth and development of Baker Tilly and Baker Tilly International.

Stewardship is one of Baker Tilly’s core values. The firm has chosen to recognize the historic change in leadership by honoring that core value and focusing on giving back to the community.

“We can meaningfully mark this important time in our firm’s history by dedicating ourselves to helping those who are less fortunate,” Baker Tilly CEO-Elect Alan Whitman said. “We are a firm that is focused on a culture of service. There is no better way to celebrate our future than by dedicating ourselves to serve.”

Firm offices will volunteer time at food banks and other hunger relief organizations as a reflection of the firm’s and Alan Whitman’s long standing commitment to food insecurity and the importance of corporate citizenship.

“Tim Christen has worked tirelessly to advance our journey to become America’s Finest Professional Services Firm,” Whitman said. “He committed the organization to core values—Integrity, Passion and Stewardship—that have defined our firm and made it an exceptional place to work and a valued partner for clients.”

“Stewardship is a shared commitment to our clients, people, communities and firm and Stewardship Day reflects those commitments, honors our values and celebrates our future,” Whitman added.

In addition to the upcoming Stewardship Day, Baker Tilly team members have donated more than 4,000 service hours to 150 organizations nationally through the firm’s HERO (Helping Enrich Relationships through Outreach) program, which provides employees a dedicated, annual allotment of paid time off for use when volunteering for community service projects.

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Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) is a nationally recognized, full-service accounting and advisory firm whose specialized professionals connect with clients and their businesses through refreshing candor and clear industry insight. With approximately 2,800 employees across the United States, Baker Tilly is ranked as one of the 15 largest accounting and advisory firms in the country. Headquartered in Chicago, Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and business advisory firms in 147 territories, with 33,600 professionals. The combined worldwide revenue of independent member firms is $3.4 billion.