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— Practice Group: Accounting

— Practice Group: Manufacturing & Distribution

Steve Garrels, CPA

Steve has over 20 years of accounting, finance and business consulting experience in various industries with a focus on providing small- to midsize-business owners with practical solutions to their most challenging issues. Steve grew up in Harvard, Illinois and currently resides in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Professional Experience

Prior to Porte Brown's merger with Borhart Spellmeyer & Company, Steve was a partner at BSC. Steve is currently on the board of directors of a local publicly traded financial institution, and serves as audit committee chair for the company.


Federal & State Income Tax Preparation

Preparation of Financial Statements

Compilations & Reviews of Financial Statements

Certified Audits

Not-for-Profit Charitable Organizations


B.S. Accounting, Aurora University


Certified Public Accountant

FINRA Series 7
FINRA Series 66
Illinois Life, Accident and Health Insurance

Civic Involvement

Illinois CPA Society: Member

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants: Member

Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce: Member


Did You Know? Image

At Porte Brown we know that interesting people make for interesting stories. We pride ourselves on being relatable professionals with family, friends, interesting hobbies, and a deep appreciation for individual growth!

Did you know Steve...

• Is passionate about helping businesses grow and prosper.

• Is a proud parent of two teenagers.

• Enjoys boating and fishing.

• Travels both near and far for college football games.

• Was born and raised in the "Milk Center of the World."

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