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Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc. Announces Four Promotions

Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce four promotions. Rob Bourn, Kim Ray, Stacey Baer and Steve Samples have all been promoted from principal to shareholder. All four will continue to serve clients while increasing their leadership roles with the firm.

Bourn, a Certified Public Accountant at the Defiance office, joined the firm in 2007 and is experienced in financial accounting, as well as federal, state and local income tax areas. He works with clients in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, professional services, real estate and construction.

Bourn is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy. He is a member of The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is the past president of the Wauseon Chamber of Commerce, a member of Defiance Premier Networking and a member of NetSense, a professional business network. 

Ray, a CPA at the St. Marys office, joined Siefring and Associates in 2004, which was acquired by Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc. in November 2015. Ray prepares business and individual tax returns and financial statements; offers consulting services for businesses and individuals; and conducts estate and tax planning. She specializes in agriculture, manufacturing, construction and service industries.

Ray is a graduate of Wright State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and a master’s in business administration. She is a member of The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and St. Marys Rotary Club.

Baer, a CPA at the Van Wert office, joined the firm in 1998. She assists large and small businesses in a variety of industries with individual and business accounting and tax preparation, financial reporting, payroll assistance, and software consulting, evaluation and implementation as well as sales, mergers and acquisitions. Baer is also a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Baer is a graduate of Defiance College with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and marketing. She is a member of The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She currently serves on the Van Wert County YWCA finance committee, is the treasurer of the board of directors for the Van Wert Youth Football Association, and is the treasurer for the Van Wert Football Tailgate Tour.

Samples, also a CPA at the Van Wert office, joined the firm in 1995. He provides accounting and tax services to businesses in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, agriculture and franchise operations. Samples also heads the firm’s forensic accounting services.

He is a graduate of Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Samples is a member of The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the American College of Forensic Examiners. He is involved with the Van Wert Rotary Club and is the treasurer for the Van Wert Community Improvement Corporation.

“Over the past three years, our firm has experienced growth, not only in the number of clients we serve, but also in our team, service offerings and service footprint,” said Barb Kohnen, president of Shultz Huber & Associates. “Rob, Kim, Stacey and Steve have been instrumental in helping navigate that growth, and we are excited for them to take a larger leadership role as we plan for the firm’s future.”

Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc. is a full-service accounting, tax and business consulting CPA firm specializing in assisting businesses and their owners plan for their future and achieve their goals in an ever-changing financial and regulatory environment. Offices are located in Archbold, Bryan, Defiance, St. Marys and Van Wert, Ohio, with eight shareholders and 60 employees.

At Shultz Huber & Associates, we're more than just an accounting firm. We're a team of accounting experts with specialists in a wide range of industries. Client success is what drives us, and we believe that our proactive, detailed approach leads to success.