Sikich LLP

May 16, 2012 14:17 ET

Northern Illinois University Honors Sikich Partner

NAPERVILLE, IL--(Marketwire - May 16, 2012) - Richard A. Thompson, CPA, partner at Sikich LLP, a leading accounting, advisory, technology and managed services firm, was recently honored with an Outstanding Accountancy Alumni Award from Northern Illinois University (NIU). This honor recognizes Thompson for his professional achievements and continued support of NIU's Department of Accountancy, as well as Sikich's commitment to delivering a unique and inspiring employment experience for past and future NIU alumni.

Thompson earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in Accountancy at NIU. He joined Sikich as a tax partner in 1992 taking over leadership of the office's tax practice and continues in that role today. Thompson has devoted his career to income tax, estate tax and financial planning for closely-held businesses, their owners and individual clients. He focuses much of his practice on transactional services including business entity selection, succession planning, estate planning, family partnerships and mergers and acquisitions, and serves clients in industries such as manufacturing, real estate and service businesses.

"When I joined Sikich in 1992, we were a small regional firm of 12 partners and two offices," said Thompson. "We have grown to become one of the country's Top 50 accounting and advisory firms with eight offices in four states. I knew from the moment I came on board that the firm was genuinely passionate about helping each and every employee achieve their career goals within a truly dynamic and collaborative workplace. Sikich has provided me with a network of support that has furthered the progression of my career."

Since its beginning, Sikich has fostered a unique culture of innovation and employee empowerment. "Because we believe our people are our greatest asset, we are dedicated to recruiting, training and retaining the top talent in our industry," said Janel O'Connor, Director of Human Capital. "Our employees love the firm's positive, recognition-focused environment -- an environment that fosters learning, creativity and the passion for growth."

In February, Sikich formally launched Sikich University, the firm's first formalized learning and development program. Open to all partners and employees of the firm, Sikich University offers training in facets of technical, governance and leadership subject matter areas. The program is more than just a medium for offering training to those who need to maintain continuing professional education for CPAs or other certifications. While many of the courses assist with these requirements, there are also a significant number of courses that feature best practices in overall professional development.

"This program demonstrates a significant turning point in our firm where we are making a commitment to growing and developing our outstanding talent," said Jim Sikich, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner. "Through employee participation and the application of new skills and behaviors, I am confident the firm will continue to showcase the best-in-class talent to our clients and communities that we've proudly retained over the firm's evolution."

Professionals and students interested in learning more about Sikich's employment opportunities can visit or contact Kevin Koladycz, Talent Acquisition Manager, at 630-566-8575 for more information.

About Sikich LLP
Sikich LLP is a nationally-ranked top 50 public accounting and advisory firm providing accounting, advisory, technology, and managed services. With more than 400 employees and offices in Naperville, Chicago, Decatur, Rockford, and Springfield, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; St. Louis, Missouri; and Greenwood Village, Colorado, Sikich serves middle-market companies, governmental entities, and not-for-profit organizations. Learn more about Sikich at

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