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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.

Kelly

Kelly Vito, Accountant

Meeting and interacting with new clients as well as clients whom she has known for years, is part of what Kelly loves about being an accountant for Exemplar Accounting and Tax Advisors. Kelly is passionate about building and maintaining longtime relationships with clients.

Kelly became an accountant after discovering how much she enjoyed creating balance for clients and helping them set up systems to organize their businesses. With the 20 years of experience Kelly brings to Exemplar Accounting and Tax Advisors, she works to help individuals and small businesses create good routines and practices that they can use on a daily basis to organize their financial lives.

Kelly was raised in Crystal Lake and now raises her three children in the same community she has grown to love. When she is not offering guidance to clients to help them achieve their goals, she can be found encouraging and interacting her very busy children, Christopher, Angela and Abbey with their music, dance and school activities.

Becca

Becca Stelzer, CSM, Staff Accountant

A McHenry County native, Becca joined the Exemplar Tax team in 2015 after graduating from Illinois State University with a degree in Financial Accounting. Math and technology have been a passion of Becca's since high school which lead her to an internship at Country Financial while pursuing her degree. It was there that she realized her interest in financial planning and what a great feeling it is to be able to help people financially secure their future and help people budget their money.

Overall, Becca is passionate about helping people. "Although money isn't everything, it is a big part of life and having people trust you with their financials is a big responsibility. Being able to see the impact you make in someone's life is a great feeling and makes me want to continue to improve."

When Becca isn't providing Exemplary service to our clients she is spending time with family and friends. Whether it's relaxing, boating, slalom skiing, or tubing at the family lake house on Pistakee Lake, visiting new places, traveling up north to snowmobile, playing sports such as soccer and volleyball, or a nice night in watching movies and TV shows Becca loves to be with her family.

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.