Makela, Pollack & Ahonen, PLLC has 13 persons on staff, skilled in the areas of auditing, accounting, and taxes.
Our firm has three principals, all of whom are Certified Public Accountants and members of the American Institute of CPAs and the Michigan Association of CPAs.
Tim Makela (email@example.com) has been with our firm since 1978 and is a graduate of Northern Michigan University. He is on the board of directors of the First National Bank of Wakefield and is a member of the Michigan and Wisconsin Peer Review Committees.
Tony Pollack (firstname.lastname@example.org) started with our firm in 1979, after graduating from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning. He is a past president and a current board member of Rotary, a board member of the Ironwood Industrial Development Corporation, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Karl “Gus” Ahonen (email@example.com), a Northern Michigan University graduate, started with our firm in 1996 and became a principal of the firm in October 2009.
Our firm has two other Certified Public Accountants who are also members of the American Institute of CPAs and the Michigan Association of CPA's.
Bill Joki (firstname.lastname@example.org), who started with our firm in 1977 and retired as an owner of the firm in 2013, is a graduate of Michigan Technological University. He is a past president and a current member of Rotary. Mr. Joki will continue to work with and be an integral part of our firm in a professional capacity into the future.
Dean Beaudoin (email@example.com), a Northern Michigan University graduate, started with our firm in 1981. He is an active member of the Superior Sky Divers group.
Staff accountants are Simon Store (firstname.lastname@example.org), Brittany Bennetts (email@example.com) and Tom Ahonen (firstname.lastname@example.org). Simon is a graduate of Central Michigan University and started with us in December 2011. Brittany, a Michigan State University graduate, started as an intern during the summers of 2011 and 2012. She joined our full-time staff in January 2013. Tom is a graduate of Upper Iowa University and has worked with us during tax season for several years. He became a full-time employee in July 2016.
Joanne Sorensen (email@example.com), Betsy Ludwig (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Nicole Hellman (email@example.com) make up the computer training and bookkeeping departments. Joanne, who started with the firm in January 1985, has a one-year accounting certificate from Suomi College and also helps at the front desk. Betsy is a graduate of Gogebic Community College and started with our firm in December 2002 with over 20 years of bookkeeping experience. Nicole graduated from Gogebic Community College and began with the firm in September 2011. Nicole also assists with audits and tax return preparation.
Megan Kolesar (firstname.lastname@example.org) is our firm's office manager. Megan is a graduate of Northland College and started with us in November 2002. She is also a member and has held various offices of the Ironwood Area Business and Professional Women's Club.
Our firm also hires additional staff during tax season and offers internships at various times during the year.
Our firm’s Administrative Assistant is Maggie Maki (email@example.com). Maggie is a graduate of Gogebic Community College and began with our firm in February 2014.