Going Local: Reiser, Chinski & Co., LLP
“In my senior year of high school I decided I wanted to be an accountant,” said Sherri Chinski, owner of Reiser, Chinski & Co., LLP. In 1995, after graduating from Illinois State University and passing the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exam, Sherri joined the firm of Reiser, Jennings & Co., where she joined Martin Reiser and an administrative assistant. Martin Reiser retired in 1999 and Sherri bought the firm and became the sole owner that same year.
“I liked that numbers and accounting has a check and balance system, which interested me,” said Sherri. “Many large accounting firms concentrate on auditing, which does not interest me and so I have been focused on financial accounting and taxes since I started,” added Sherri.
Today, Reiser, Chinski & Co. has six full-time employees and eight additional seasonal employees that are used during tax season, which is January to mid-April. Since becoming owner almost 20 years ago, Sherri has grown the revenue of the firm by three times.
Contributing in part to the growth, Sherri pursued an acquisition in 2011. “We purchased John Morris & Associates, a small firm and I was looking to grow,” continued Sherri.
“I like the variety of the work. Nothing ever gets stale,” said Sherri. Changes in tax law mean accountants continually need to be “on top of things.” Sherri is required to do 120 hours of continuing education every three years. “We are licensed by the State of Illinois and they monitor continuing education,” said Sherri.
“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed by Congress in December 2017, is the most significant tax law change since 1986,” said Sherri. “Keeping current is probably the most challenging part of my job.”
Sherri has been and continues to be active in the community. In 2013 she was chairwoman of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. She also is involved with her church and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, as well as the Bloomington Rotary Club. “I’ve been a Rotarian for several years” added Sherri.
For more information on Reiser, Chinski & Co., please go to their website www.reiserchinski.com.