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RICHARD (RICK) E. CONWAY
Certified Public Accountant

Rick has over 42 years of experience in public accounting. Rick is one of the founding partners of Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP. He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and received his CPA certification in 1985. Rick specializes in working with business owners, management personnel and individuals on financial, tax and managerial issues within a rapidly changing business environment. His experience in financial and managerial areas helps him to provide input on the establishment and implementation of short-term and long-term goals for his clients.

Rick is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) and the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Board of Directors for various organizations, including the Rice Hospital Board and Willmar Municipal Utilities Board. Rick is a past president of the Rotary Club. He is currently serving as trustee of St. Mary's Church in Willmar, MN and serves on the Administrative Council.


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ROGER A. DEUTH
Certified Public Accountant

Certified Valuation Analyst

Accredited in Business Valuations

Roger has had over 39 years of public accounting experience. He specializes in tax planning, small business consulting and auditing. Roger graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a degree in accounting in 1972 and received his CPA certification in 1976. He earned his designation as a Certified Valuation Analyst in 2004 and became accredited in Business Valuations in 2006.

Roger is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). In addition, Roger is also active in the community, where he currently serves on various civic Board of Directors.

 

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MILAN C. SCHMIESING
Certified Public Accountant
Retired Partner

Milan graduated from Walnut Grove High School. He then served four years in the Air Force. Thereafter, Milan graduated from the Willmar Technical Institute. He began working for Latham & Parker, CPA's in December 1969, where he later became a partner. Milan merged his practice with Conway, Deuth & Associates in 1985. Milan was the first Technical School graduate in the state of Minnesota to earn his CPA certification which he received in March of 1976. Milan practices in various accounting and tax areas.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). Milan serves on the Board of Directors for the Kandiyohi County and the City of Willmar Economic Development Commission Joint Operations Board and served as Past Chairman for 2 years. He is a past president of Willmar Opportunities Inc., Willmar Noon Lions and Willmar Community Golf Club, Inc. He has also served on the Willmar Planning Commission and the Willmar Chamber of Commerce.

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MARK R. OLSON
Certified Public Accountant

Certified Specialist in Estate Planning™

Mark has been with Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP since the firm was founded in 1985, becoming a partner in 1986. He has over 30 years of experience in public accounting. Mark graduated from Willmar Technical
College in 1975. Mark practices in a variety of accounting and tax areas, but specializes in farm accounting and taxation, individual and corporate taxation and planning, estate taxation and business succession planning. He received his CPA certification in 1985 from the Minnesota State Board of Accountancy and in 2007 earned the professional designation of Certified Specialist in Estate Planning™ (CSEP) certification.

Mark is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). He is a member and past president and treasurer of the Willmar Sertoma Club and currently serves on the boards of the Ridgewater College Foundation and Dovre Township.

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BRETT N. AAMOT
Certified Public Accountant
Managing Partner


Brett has been with Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP, since the firm was founded in 1985. He obtained his CPA designation in 1985, and became a Partner in 1989 and Managing Partner in 2000. Brett was listed in The Twin Cities Monthly and Minnesota Law and Politics as a "Super CPA" in 2001 and 2002. In 2011, Brett was elected to the Board of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) organization. Previously, he served on the MNCPA Leadership Cabinet. His practice specialties include business consulting and management advisory services, as well as auditing and tax preparation and planning for businesses.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Minnesota Society of Certified Accountants (MNCPA) and the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. He is active in a number of local civic organizations and activities, recently serving as the 2009-2010 Campaign Chair for the United Way of West Central Minnesota. He currently serves as a director on the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer & Water District Board of Directors, and is a member of the Willmar High School football coaching staff.

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LARRY E. STULEN
Certified Public Accountant

Larry has been with Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing since the firm was founded in 1985. He graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN. He received his CPA certification from the Minnesota State Board of Accountancy in 1985 and became a Partner in 1991. Larry practices in a variety of accounting and tax areas, but concentrates in farm accounting, individual and corporate taxation, and small business consulting.

Larry is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) and the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. Larry is very
active in the community as a member of the Willmar Sertoma Service Club, Advisory Board Member at Ridgewater College and past council member of his church.

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JAMES A. GILMAN
Certified Public Accountant


Jim established his own accounting practice in Willmar in September of 1981 after working for McGladrey and Pullen for four years. On October 2, 1995, he merged his practice in with CDS and became a partner.

Jim is a native of Mankato, Minnesota and attended Mankato State University receiving a BS degree in Mathematics and Physics in 1974 and a degree in
Accounting in 1977. He received his CPA certification from the Minnesota State Board of Accountancy in 1979.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). In addition, Jim has served on the Board of Directors of Bethesda
Homes in Willmar and Bethesda Homes Foundation in Willmar. He also served on several boards of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Willmar, served as Church Treasurer and on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Island Camp in Henning, Minnesota. He was also active in the Willmar Noon Lions (holding many offices including President) and the Willmar Chamber of Commerce. Since moving to Morris, Minnesota Jim has been active in Zion Lutheran Church in Morris, the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce, Prairie Pioneer
Days and the Stevens County Fair. Jim has also served many positions with the Lions District and Multiple District.

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ANNETTE R. BENSON
Certified Public Accountant
Certified Fraud Examiner

 

Annette has been an integral part at Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP since 1983. Following graduation from the Accounting program at Ridgewater College, she began working as a Computer Operator. She progressed rapidly through the firm, serving as Bookkeeper, Internal Bookkeeper, Staff Accountant, Manager, Senior Manager, and in 1997 she was admitted as a Partner. She received her CPA certification from the Minnesota State Board of Accountancy in 1990. She practices in a variety of accounting and tax areas, and concentrates on auditing and small business consulting. As a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), she has the ability to identify an organization’s vulnerability to fraud and advise on improving fraud prevention and deterrence measures.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (AFCE). She is an active member at First Baptist Church of Willmar where she serves as a member of the Audit Committee and a leader of mission trips to Ukraine. She previously
held positions of past Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees, and the Past Chair of the Endowment Committee. Annette is a member of the Willmar Lakes
Rotary and has served as Past Treasurer. She is also an active volunteer and advocate with United Way of West Central Minnesota. Annette previously served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army and the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

LAWRENCE (Larry) R. WEPPLO
Certified Public Accountant

1968-2011

Our partner and friend, Larry Wepplo, passed away on April 2, 2011. Larry had been an integral part of our firm for the past 23 years. He began his career with Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP in 1988, after graduating from the accounting program at Ridgewater College. In 1992 he became a Certified Public Accountant, and in 2001 he became a Partner.

We are thankful for the privilege to have had Larry as part of our CDS team, and for his dedication to his clients, firm and profession.

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JAMES (JIM) J. RUDNICK
Certified Public Accountant

Jim joined Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP in 1991. He graduated from the Accounting program at Willmar Technical College (now Ridgewater College) in 1991. Jim received his CPA certification in 1995 and was promoted to Partner in 2003. He practices in a variety of accounting and tax areas, focusing on tax planning and consulting, farm accounting and business and individual tax preparation.

Jim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). Jim currently serves on the Finance committee for Habitat for Humanity of Kandiyohi County and has been a Past Board member. Jim is currently a member of the Willmar Jaycees and has held several Board positions over the years.

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PAUL A. HARVEGO

Certified Public Accountant
Certified Fraud Examiner

Paul has over 30 years of public accounting and auditing experience. Paul attended Alexandria Technical School, then joined the accounting firm of Gruys, Johnson and Associates. In October of 1988, he accepted a position
with Fawcett, Young & Associates, Ltd. in Litchfield, MN. He received his CPA certificate in January 1989 and became a principal with Fawcett, Young & Associates Ltd. in October of 1989. When Fawcett, Young and Associates merged with CDS in August of 2003, Paul became a Partner. Paul’s primary focus is on governmental and non-profit auditing. He received the Certificate of Educational Achievement in government accounting and auditing in 1990. Paul earned his Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential in January 2014.

Paul is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). In addition, Paul has been involved in Litchfield Rotary (past President), Litchfield Youth Hockey, Litchfield Chamber of Commerce, Litchfield Watercade and Litchfield Community Drive.


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MICHAEL (MIKE) A. JOHNSON

Certified Public Accountant

Certified Valuation Analyst
Accredited in Business Valuation
Retired Partner - Consultant for CDS

Mike has over 30 years of public accounting practice including over twenty years owning and managing his own practice in St. Cloud, MN. Mike specializes in helping businesses analyze acquisition and sale opportunities, including business valuation, income tax planning, business consulting, accounting, and analysis. Mike's long experience with numerous small business clients and former ownership of his own practice helps him to relate to and understand the challenges faced by today's business owners. His experience helps these clients relate technical information into everyday solutions.

 

Mike graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College in 1974 and received his CPA designation in 1985. Mike received the CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst) designation in 2001 and received accreditation in business valuation (ABV) in 2007. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Minnesota Society of Public Accountants, Institute of Business Appraisers, and National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Mike currently serves as treasurer of the Terrace Mill Foundation Board. He has served a number of organizations including Trustee of St. Michael's Church in St. Cloud and a board member of Sts. Peter, Paul and Michael School System in St. Cloud. Mike is also a Benedictine Oblate of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN.

Darrin Ogdahl

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DARRIN D. OGDAHL

Certified Public Accountant

Darrin joined Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP in 1994. He has over 19 years of accounting and auditing experience. Darrin graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a B.S. degree in Accounting. He received his CPA certification in 1997 and was promoted to Partner in 2008. Darrin’s practice focuses on tax preparation and planning, business consulting, as well as auditing governmental organizations, non-profit and for profit organizations.

Darrin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). He is the Chair of CDS&s Accounting and Auditing Committee and is on the School District Audit Review Task Force for the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). Darrin is a very active member of his
church council including the Executive and Business Affairs Committees. In addition, Darrin is involved in local amateur baseball.

David Corneil

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DAVID (DAVE) M. CORNEIL

Certified Public Accountant

Dave joined Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP in 1992. He graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a B.S. in Accounting. He obtained his CPA designation in 1995 and was promoted to Manager in 2005. Dave became a Partner in January 2008. Dave’s practice focuses on business and individual tax planning and preparation, business consultation, financial statement preparation and review and for
profit auditing.

Dave is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). He is the Treasurer for the Litchfield Development Corporation and Litchfield Industries, Inc. Dave was appointed in 2010 to the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is also involved in the Litchfield Kiwanis Club.

Mike Zager

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MICHAEL (MIKE) R. ZAGER

Certified Public Accountant
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning™

Mike Zager has been with Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP, (formerly the Michael A. Johnson, Ltd. firm) since May 1985. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He earned his CPA designation in 1991 from the Minnesota State Board of Accountancy. He was promoted to Partner in 2012. In 2013, Mike earned his Certified Specialist in Estate Planning™ designation. His practice emphasis includes Tax Consulting and Preparation, Estate and Trust Planning and Taxation, Business Consulting, Financial Statement Preparation and Review.

Mike is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA).

Jennifer Lownsbury

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JENNIFER L. LOWNSBURY

Certified Public Accountant

Jennifer joined Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP in 2004. She has over 13 years of public accounting experience. She attended Ridgewater College receiving her AA degree. She continued her education at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs receiving a B.S. in Accounting. Jennifer received her CPA certification from the Minnesota State Board of Accountancy in 2001. In 2010, Jennifer was promoted to Manager and became Partner in 2012. Jennifer’s practice focuses on tax preparation and consulting for businesses and individuals, as well as multi-state and international taxation. She is the Co-Chair of our CDS Tax Committee.

Jennifer is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). She is a 2009 graduate of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of
Commerce Leadership Perspectives program. She is also Treasurer for Dovre Township. Jennifer is a member of United Way of West Central Minnesota’s ADVANCE organization and volunteers for Junior Achievement.

 
     

 

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