Profile of the Week

Tricia Knight, partner at Ritz, Holman, Butala, Fine LLP

Name: Tricia Knight
Title: Partner, CPA
Company: Ritz, Holman, Butala, Fine LLP
City of residence: Milwaukee
Family: Husband (Pat); Two children, Kara (22) and Brendan (20)
What are you working on now? "Completing individual tax returns to meet the April 15 tax filing deadline. The hours are long but I enjoy every minute because of the people I work for and with."
What are the most interesting issues you work on clients with? "Assisting individuals and even generations of families with tax and wealth transfer planning. We enjoy getting to know our clients and helping them with their financial planning needs."
What is your firm’s growth strategy? "We want to continue to be a resource to our clients beyond their business needs by remaining true to the personal relationships that our clients value. Also, in today’s competitive industry, we must continue to retain our personnel and attract quality talent to assist with serving the growing needs of our clients.  At Ritz, Holman, Butala, Fine, we foster an environment that is enjoyable, considerate and diverse and we want to see our employees mature to having a vested interest in our firm."
What is the most challenging project you’ve been involved with? "The sale of a biotech company client that was purchased by a venture capitalist firm. This transaction involved professionals from other accounting and law firms who worked together to achieve the sale under a strict deadline. As a result, our client was sold in a timely fashion and all parties were satisfied with the outcome."
What was the funniest moment of your career? "The funniest moment of my career occurred when I was 23-years-old and in an industry that was dominated by men. I was auditing a bank when the controller asked the men I was working with if they had brought their secretary. I casually turned around and told him that I was their boss. You should have seen the look on his face."

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