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’s years working for a bank holding company allowed him to experience accounting from the client’s perspective in working with corporate management and outside CPAs. This experience has been very beneficial in helping him relate to the many challenges clients face.

Ken 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 is a Michigan State University graduate who currently lives in Westphalia, Michigan, with his two children. When he is not in the office, he enjoys following the MSU Spartans, golfing, fishing and spending time with family.

Tax busy season comes with pressure and it's important to be 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)

Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)


Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

Retirement Plans Associate (RPA)