Our Team


CPA, CGMA, RPA, Senior Manager

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Small & Midsize Businesses

Ken Schafer, CPA, CGMA, RPA, Senior Manager

Ken is a senior manager in Maner Costerisan’s Tax department. He brings over 30 years of tax and accounting experience, 25 years of experience supporting clients at Maner, and an additional 7 years of tax experience with a bank holding company. In his role, Ken provides tax compliance and planning expertise for individuals and small and midsized family-owned businesses. An active member of the firm’s Telecommunications, Employee Benefits and CPE Planning committees, Ken’s technical expertise and tax knowledge make him a go-to resource for many across the firm.

Ken, a graduate of Michigan State University, has always excelled in math and received an accounting award in high school as a young student. That award served as a catalyst for his decision to pursue a career in accounting.

He enjoys his job at Maner because of the genuine appreciation he gets when he helps a client find a solution to their problem. He believes public accounting is a challenging and rewarding career, and to be successful, you have to be willing to work hard and complete your work on time.

Ken comes from a large family and currently lives in Westphalia, Michigan, and has two children. In his time away from the office, he enjoys golfing, fishing and spending time with family.

Tax busy season comes with pressure and it's important to be to reliable, accurate and timely. This helps to be steady in your work ethic and be someone others can count on.

Years of Experience



American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA)

Executive Group for the Lansing Small Firm Practitioners

Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)


Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

Retirement Plans Associate (RPA)