“Client service is the key to successful client relationships. I do whatever it takes to provide the highest quality service, never giving less to my clients than I would expect for myself.”
Jim joined Maner Costerisan in 2002. In addition to his role as principal and head of the accounting and outsourced solutions department, he is responsible for staff scheduling, client assignments and the coaching and mentoring program. Jim is a member of Maner Costerisan’s affordable housing committee.
In his day-to-day client duties, Jim works as an outsourced controller for 17 County Health Plans and a local community bank. He provides technical and accounting support to Peachtree and QuickBooks software users. In addition, he offers tax planning and consulting services to individuals, small businesses, affordable housing and nonprofit organizations.
Prior to his public accounting career, Jim spent 12 years in retail and retail management. Most recently, he was responsible for a $3.5 million retail store with 26 employees. His previous experiences and current roles have given Jim the ability to greatly contribute to his clients’ success. Over the years, he has helped several small businesses succeed by providing and interpreting accounting and financial data, as well as advising on their next steps. Beyond his client relationships, Jim has shared his knowledge with those in the local business community, authoring an article on “Outsourcing the Financial and Accounting Functions of a Small Business” for the Greater Lansing Business Monthly magazine.
The accounting profession has given Jim the means to share his business experience and technical expertise with clients by helping them analyze financial data, offering solutions and providing business insight. Jim attributes his success to his hard work and positive attitude. He also credits his parents, who instilled in him a strong work ethic and stressed the importance of family. In addition, having children taught Jim to be selfless and patient; traits that have carried over to his client relationships.
Jim was raised in Ionia, Michigan and currently resides in DeWitt with his wife, Debbi, and their two sons. While away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his children in activities such as swimming, watching movies and riding quads.
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Michigan
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA)
- Delta-Side Business Association
- Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA)
- Northwood University – Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting (1998)
- Graduated summa cum laude
- Lansing Community College (1997)
- Grand Rapids Community College – Associate’s degree, Applied Science (1988)
Honors and Achievements
- Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society