Heather Thompson, PAFM


HR Consulting

Heather Thompson, PAFM


Firm Administrator

Heather Thompson joined CDS in 2004. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN with a Political Science degree and minors in Economics and French. Heather was promoted to Firm Administrator in 2008 and admitted as Partner in 2018. In 2018, she received her Public Accounting Firm Manager (PAFM) credential. Her main focus includes firm initiatives, strategic planning, employee relations, staff recruitment and retention, special projects, Partner and staff development, and HR consulting for clients.


Heather is a member of the CPA Firm Management Association (CPAFMA). She is on the Board of Directors and serves as Vice-Chair for the Willmar Area Community Foundation. Heather was also Co-Captain for Willmar’s Destination Playground PR committee. She and her husband, Jamie, were past Co-Chairs of United Way’s Pillar Program. Heather serves on the Ridgewater College Administrative Support Advisory Board and formerly served on the Ridgewater College General Advisory Council. Heather actively volunteers at her church and for her local school system. She is a 2007 graduate from the Blandin Leadership Program and 2017 graduate of the Vision 2040 Leadership Program. Heather received the 2013 West Central Tribune’s Five Under 40 Award, the 2005 BPW Young Careerist Award, the 2005 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar EDC, and the 2017 Exemplary Leadership Award from the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

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