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Crystal Lake, IL CPA firm

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Meet Our Team

Bob

Robert F. Lamping, CPA

Bob graduated from Loyola University with honors in 1962 and is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the National Honorary Accounting Fraternity. Bob received his Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1964.

In 1962 Bob joined the CPA firm Drebin Lindquist & Gervasio in Chicago, IL and became a partner for the last four years he was with the firm. In 1972 Bob took position as Controller with W. V. Virgil & Company, a privately held accounting firm. While with this firm he maintained a small public accounting practice as a sole proprietor focusing on write-up, compilations and income tax preparation. In 1984 W. V. Virgil closed most of its operations.

From 1986 to 1996 Bob became a partner in a new company, Virgil Associates and continued to build his sole proprietor clientele.

In 1991 Bob incorporated the sole practice into Lamping & Associates, Inc. with his new partner and continued to develop this practice through November 30, 2011. Lamping & Associates, Inc. merged with Exemplar Accounting & Tax Advisors December 1, 2011.

Kurt

Kurt Schneider, CPA

For over 25 years, Kurt Schneider has been helping solve tax related issues for companies while helping them grow and prosper. Upon graduating with a BA in Psychology and Religion from Augustana College, Kurt was a manager for RGIS Inventory Specialists opening a district office for the company in Springfield, Illinois. While working, he took evening post-graduate courses at Sangamon State University (now called the University of Illinois – Springfield) in accounting, passing the CPA exam in 1988.

Kurt is known for his ability to quickly and efficiently solve tax concerns for a variety of companies from restaurants to automobile dealerships to manufacturing companies. He takes great pride in taking the burden of regulatory compliance off of their shoulders so they can focus on their goals. As a chapter officer with two different chapters of the Illinois CPA Society, Kurt has been recognized with their Distinguished Service Award . Kurt also serves on the finance committee for the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.

A native of Davenport, Iowa, Kurt has been happy to raise his sons Scott and Kyle in the Chicagoland area with his wife of 35 years, Kim. When Kurt isn't helping his clients with their financial recordkeeping he can be found volunteering his exemplary tax knowledge on two church finance committees. Kurt enjoys writing about the importance of family life, reading and spending time with his wife and sons and their dalmatian, Sophie.

Bill

William G. Rogers, CPA

Bill graduated Loras College with honors in 1960. Bill joined Alexander Grant & Company as a staff accountant from 1960-63, and then worked at Szabo Food Service as a staff accountant from 1963-1966 before working as partner at W. V. Virgil & Company and Virgil Associates. This firm specialized in contract services with Atlantic Richfield, Atlantic Refining Company, and Sunoco Oil for retail gasoline and convenience stores. Bill is sole owner of W. V. Virgil & Company and began working with Lamping & Associates, Inc. beginning in 1996. Lamping & Associates, Inc. merged with Exemplar Accounting & Tax Advisors December 1, 2012.

Andy

Andy Lic, CPA

Andy believes that providing clients with outstanding service in turn gives them a great sense of confidence. With 28 years of professional experience in both industry and public accounting, one of the most gratifying aspects of his profession is seeing clients understand complicated tax issues and feeling the appreciation that comes with unraveling those issues. Andy is known for his ability to explain tax returns and complicated financial issues with clarity and integrity. Andy works with both individuals and businesses toward their goal of fiscal integrity.

Andy's interest in accounting started at a very young age. Even while a high school and college student he would work various jobs in an accounting capacity. Because of his interest in how businesses made money and an opposition to industry being heavily taxed, pursuing a degree in Accounting at DePaul University was a compelling next-step in Andy's goal of becoming a CPA.

When Andy is not solving tax issues for clients he and his family enjoy spending time outdoors. Along with his wife and three daughters, Andy has lived in the Algonquin area for over 15 years. An avid hunter, Andy would love to one day go Elk hunting out west and travel the landscape of Alaska. Andy is also a board member of Gethsemane Prayer Ministries, a non profit organization that helps individuals find resolutions to significant struggles through faith and an understanding of their relationship with God when conventional solutions may fall short. Andy is also a board member of the Fox River Grove chapter of the Illinois CPA Society.

Mike Frericks

Michael Frericks, Staff Accountant

A long time Crystal Lake resident, Mike joined the Exemplar team in 2015. His extensive background in corporate accounting and booking as the former Vice President, Finance of a large manufacturer, brings a depth of knowledge and experience to the Exemplar Accounting Team.

A graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Accounting Mike has been working in the accounting field since 1979.

Linda Agress

Linda Agress, Administrative Manager

After exploring her background in computer programming Linda joined the Exemplar team in 2015. A native Californian and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelors in Computer Science, Linda has always gravitated to math and science. After relocating to the mid-west with her family Linda used her love of math and numbers to pursue a career with our accounting firm.

When Linda is not at the Exemplar office helping clients and organizing our accountants, she can be found at home with her husband, three children as well as their beagle mix who is affectionately dubbed as a “love sponge”. As a mother of twins, Linda became very involved with the Mothers of Twins Club, a national organization with local chapters that support families with multiple-birth children through emotional and financial support. Linda is also an avid bowler. She and her husband are also passionate gamers and have a collection of more than 300 board games.

Mary Margaret

Mary Margaret Maule

Mary Margaret is a dynamic, energetic and, resourceful professional with over 30 years of experience working in business. She has a knack for working collaboratively to develop team members, inspire leadership, and promote personal development. She challenges people to think in possibilities. Her mantra is “Fail forward, fast. Challenge the process, but inspire the vision. Build a legacy by lifting up those around you.”

Mary Margaret’s background includes significant public sector experience, working in state government, in non-profit organizations, and in local service organizations of McHenry County. Before joining Exemplar Accounting and Tax, she was the past President of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, which grew to the sixth largest chamber in the state. She also taught business, marketing, and international business at McHenry County College. She was also Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center where she worked with over 600 separate clients to prepare for a business lunch, funding acquisition, product development, or sale. She is the current Board President for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and was the Board Chair for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of McHenry County from 2011-2017.

She is a collaborator who excels in relationship building and inter-disciplinary work group settings. She has a broad lens towards system analysis and has facilitated change management for innovative process solutions at other institutions.

She holds a Master of Business Administration from the College of William & Mary and a Bachelor of Arts from Old Dominion University.

Mary Margaret believes in servant leadership and has the skills to lead, inspire and engage members of many different viewpoints. Her personal philosophy involves building bridges across communities for engaged thought leadership. Mary Margaret is the daughter of a veteran, the mother of a veteran and the wife of a veteran. She is active in veteran related causes and is the founder and facilitator of Voices of Veterans, a writing group open to the veterans and their families.

When she isn’t working, you can find Mary Margaret with a full tank of gas on one of her several motorcycles enjoying the winding roads. She received her M Class license at age eighteen, and has been riding ever since. Mary Margaret lives in Johnsburg with her husband of 33 years, Jack. They have three adult children Aeysha, Terrance, and Ian.

Favorite Thing to do? Explore new roads on my bike. Best Piece of Advice? The people who work for you are going to talk about you over dinner – what do you want them to say? Top Thing to do on bucket list? Climb Machu Pichu Hidden Talent? I write

Kevin Ake

Kevin Ake, CPA

Kevin was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He served in the US Army prior to attending Pennsylvania State University. Kevin graduated Penn State in 1988, and passed his CPA exam in 1995 before moving to Chicago in 2000.

Kevin has worked for over 60 employers in the past, including Coopers & Lybrand, PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as Ernst & Young. He loves preparing taxes and helping businesses succeed.

He held a previous position with the Chicago Tax Club, and was also the past treasurer for the Steel Beam Theater in St. Charles, IL. Kevin volunteers for several Christian music promotors and helps loading equipment. He also volunteers at Feed My Starving Children and the Pacific Garden Mission.

When Kevin isn’t working, you can find him at home with his roommate and two cats, Digger and Tabby. He likes to play volleyball, go bowling, skiing, biking, and visiting the Wisconsin Dells. He enjoys waterparks and loves rollercoasters. Kevin has traveled to Indonesia, Fiji, and about a dozen Pacific Islands. On Sundays, you will find Kevin attending church and also estate sale shopping.