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Edward J. Barder, CPA


Ed, a graduate of St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, (But you already knew that - How do you know if a person graduated from St. John's?  They will tell you.) has spent much of his career providing executive level financial management advisory, accounting and consulting services, and tax compliance to businesses and individuals.  When a need arises for a consultant to act as an Outsourced CFO, they can call Ed.  Through his guidance and direction in strategic planning, banking, litigation support, mergers and acquisitions, and forecasting he provides the objective, straightforward and honest insight required to move forward with diligence and efficiency. Educating clients is his ultimate goal. "Teach people to fish and they eat for a lifetime."

Ed spends most of his free time with his wife, Char.  Together they love fishing, traveling and time with family.  He is a proud father of 2 and "Funcle" (like dad, just way cooler) of 60+ nieces and nephews.  He also regularly volunteers for his parish.  So why choose Ed?  Check out our Core Values and that's why.

Office: (763) 201-1461

Julie Buetow

Office Manager

Julie is tasked with developing a productive and efficient organization. She is motivated to help expand our client base and streamline processes. The "Dynamic Duo" of Mary and Julie keep everyone on their toes.  Julie worked with Ed for many years and earned his trust and confidence which she now works daily to remind him of.  Julie is an avid runner, with 5 marathons under her belt.  If she's not on the trail running, she spends her time outdoors enjoying the Minnesota seasons with her husband and dog.

Office: (763) 367-6373

Mary Carpenter


Mary is a graduate of McKendree University in Illinois with a B.S. in Accounting.  Mary is an integral part of the small business services team.  She maintains great client relationships and get's it done.  She is married with three children and secretly runs the entire company with Julie. Don't tell her that though!

Office: (763) 367-6374

Youmei Chen


Youmei graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a B.S. in Economics.  She went back for a degree in Business Analytics and recently finished up her Masters in Business Taxation. She enjoys spending time cooking new and different recipes with her husband, as well as cycling, playing badminton and daily reading.  We are excited to see how her analytics degree can benefit our business clients.

Office: (763) 367-6375

Kyler Hennen


Kyler graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a B.Acc. of Accounting. Outside of the office, Kyler is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, golfing, kayaking, and probably all the other ones too. He also loves spending time with friends and family.  He plans on obtaining his CPA license, gaining experience, and would like to help individuals and businesses with tax compliance, planning, and consulting services.

Office: (651) 370-2165

Zach Hillesland


Zach graduated with a B.S. in Accounting and a B.A. in Business Economics from St Cloud State University.  He is a devoted Minnesota sports fan and cheers and mourns seasonally.  In his free time he enjoys golfing, skiing, and generally being active.  He enjoys consulting with clients on a variety of accounting challenges.  He is a well rounded tax generalist, and is excitedly exploring areas in which to specialize his knowledge.

Office: (763) 367-6372

Mike Johansen


Mike graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from UW Whitewater. In his free time he enjoys cheering on Wisconsin sports teams (boo!).  He likes to participate in recreational sports, his Favs are basketball, hiking and outdoor activities.  He has enthusiastically accepted the challenges we are throwing at him in his chosen career path.

Office: (763) 553-2741

Jill McKernon, CPA

Tax Manager

Jill has a varied background in public practice. Her focus since she began her career in 2008 has been in tax compliance, multi-state taxation and taxation of high net worth individuals. Jill enjoys working with closely-held businesses and consulting with business owners on everyday and complex business solutions. She has a penchant for guiding staff toward their professional and personal goals. While not at the office Jill enjoys spending time with her husband and three rambunctious boys. She enjoys outdoor activities including camping, golf and most things that involve fresh air.

Office: (763) 367-6371

Abby Perman

Adminstrative Professional

Abby graduated with B.A. in Law & Legal Studies and minored in Psychology.  She is passionate about animals and hopes to start an animal rescue for neglected or abused animals of all sizes, ages and level of cuteness (or lack thereof).  She has a horse and cat, and if you get a chance ask her about the Save the Bats convention.  She is an avid reader who loves learning new things.  As our newest admin professional we are relying on her organizational skills and the fact that she declares that she feels most at peace in the Container Store is an encouraging sign.

Office: (763) 285-7683

Ia Xiong


Ia started out as an intern with us in January, 2020 and we liked her so much we invited her to stay.  She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN with a BA in Accounting. When she isn't studying for the CPA exam she enjoys baking, hiking and spending time with friends.  We look forward to seeing her grow professionally.

Office: (763) 367-6376

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