Jim Gilman established his own accounting practice in Willmar in September of 1981 after working for McGladrey and Pullen for four years. In 1995, he merged his practice with CDS and was admitted as a Partner. Jim graduated from Mankato State University in Mankato, MN with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Mathematics and Physics, and later returned to receive a degree in Accounting. He received his CPA certification from the Minnesota Board of Accountancy in 1979. After Jim's retirement from the CDS partnership in 2017, he continues to remain a trusted advisor to our clients. We are excited to have his expertise and knowledge with our firm in the years to come. Jim practices in a variety of accounting and tax areas, but specializes in tax planning and preparation, and governmental and retirement plan auditing and consulting. Jim is current with his CPE requirements, including the governmental standards for auditors.  


He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). Jim is an active volunteer with his local church, the Spicer Sunrise Lions Club and serves as the Treasurer of the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation. In addition, he 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 his church in Willmar, 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. Jim has also served many positions with the Lions District and Multiple District.

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