Meet the Team
Padgett of Grand Rapids is a firm that provides outstanding service to our clients. We are able to do this because of our dedication to the three underlying principles of professionalism, responsiveness, and quality.
Mark’s education includes undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Finance from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) along with an MBA in Finance from GVSU. In addition to his education, Mark has also obtained the designations of Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Enrolled Agent (EA), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Mark’s work history started in high school working for Meijer, Inc. part-time and continued through his graduation from college. Mark started out as a bagger and worked his way up to being a cashier supervisor. After graduation from GVSU, Mark worked as a Controller for a couple of small companies in the construction & manufacturing industries. In 1984, Mark was hired as First Michigan Bank Corporation’s first Cost Accountant. Working senior management, Mark’s task was to develop a management reporting system that identified the profitability of various products and services.
Mark was promoted to Accounting Manager, responsible for the all of the accounting functions for ten affiliate banking subsidiaries along with the trust and brokerage operations. He was also responsible and assisted with various governmental filings for federal bank regulators, Internal Revenue Service, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. After a long career with FMB, he realized one of his dreams and opened his own business.
As the owner of Padgett Business Services since 1997, Mark has thoroughly enjoyed serving the small business community in areas of taxation, accounting, and financial planning and is quite proud of his work helping other small business owners achieve their goals. Mark and his staff work with a variety of small businesses both large and small, including dentists, veterinarians, tool and die shops, rental real-estate, office furniture, gas stations, auto repair, restaurants, and salons.
As mentioned above, Mark has earned the EA designation, allowing him to handle all tax and accounting issues for small businesses with the IRS. Like CPAs and tax attorneys, EAs can handle any type of tax matter and represent their client’s interests before the IRS. Unlike CPAs and tax attorneys, Enrolled Agents are tested directly by the IRS, and focus exclusively on tax accounting. Mark’s prior experience and credentials give him the necessary tools to help your company. Outside of work, Mark enjoys spending time with his family and most outdoor activities.
Theresa joined the firm in November of 2008. She graduated from Grand Rapids Community College in 2010 with an Associate in Arts and Accounting. She has firsthand experience with a broad range of accounting and payroll services and is a knowledgeable resource for QuickBooks related questions. Theresa was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area. In her spare time, she enjoys camping with her husband and two children, as well as fishing, cooking, and running.
Our firm is one of the leading firms in the area. By combining our expertise, experience, and the energy of our staff, each client receives close personal and professional attention. Our high standards, service, and specialized staff is the difference between our outstanding performance and other firms. We make sure that every client is served by the expertise of our whole firm.
Our firm is responsive. Companies who choose our firm rely on competent advice and fast, accurate personnel. We provide total financial services to individuals’ large and small businesses and other agencies. Because we get new business from the people who know us best, client referrals have fueled our growth in recent years.
Through hard work, we have earned the respect of the business and financial communities. This respect illustrates our diverse talents, dedication, and ability to respond quickly.
An accounting firm is known for the quality of its service. Our firm’s reputation reflects the high standards we demand of ourselves.
Our primary goal as a trusted advisor is to be available to provide insightful advice to enable our clients to make informed financial decisions. We do not accept anything less from ourselves and this is what we deliver to you.
We feel it is extremely important to continually educate ourselves to improve our technical expertise, financial knowledge, and service to our clients. Our high service quality and “raving fan” clients are the result of our commitment to excellence.
We will answer all of your questions, as they impact both your tax and financial situations. We welcome you to contact us anytime.
Work with us to find out more about our company and the business financial services we provide. We proudly serve clients in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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