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We are proud of our staff and the experience that they bring to our firm. Ted DeLong has been in the accounting profession since 1967 and Chuck Brower since 1981. Dave Sides, a CPA since 1988, became a shareholder in the firm in 1995. The remaining CPA’s in our firm have been with us between five to twelve years, a situation that is quite unusual in this profession where high turnover is the norm. This creates a valuable continuity between our staff and our clients. Our staff brings a wide range of accounting, taxation and consulting expertise to our firm. In addition, several of our staff have attained certification in other areas such as estate planning, wealth management, retirement analysis, and payroll administration.

 
Chuck has more than thirty years of public accounting experience, and was a co-founder of DeLong & Brower in 1988. His specialties include individual taxation and small business consulting.

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Dave graduated from Grand Valley State College in 1985. He has been working in public accounting since 1984 and has been with DeLong & Brower since 1989.

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Jim Hagel, CFP®

Senior Partner, DBFS

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Jim obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, and attained his Certified Financial Planner designation (1988) and Master of Science Degree (1995) from the College for Financial Planning.

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Ted is a graduate of Hope College (BA) and Western Michigan University (MBA). He had 21 years of experience before co-founding DeLong & Brower in 1988.

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Joel Johnson

Investment Advisor Representative

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Joel graduated from Hope College, was a teacher for 4½ years, then transitioned to wealth management full time in 2002. He has the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and the Chartered Federal Employee Benefit Consultant designations....

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Spencer Bacon

Registered Representative/Operations Manager

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Spencer obtained Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science dual degrees from Hope College in 2002 and 2003. He began his career in financial services in 2003, becoming a Series 6 & 63 registered representative and life licensed agent...

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Mary has an Associate's degree in accounting. She joined DeLong & Brower in the summer of 2000 with more than 10 years experience as an office manager, bookkeeper, and payroll coordinator.

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Pam has been with the DeLong & Brower team since 2006. She received her Master’s degree in accounting from Grand Valley State University.

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Jody received her degree from Grand Valley State University and joined DeLong & Brower in November of 1997.

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Jeff graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2000 with majors in Accounting and Finance. After doing an internship with DeLong & Brower, he joined the team full time in the summer of 2000.

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Kurt Buursma

Licensed Health & Life Agent

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Kurt has been a licensed health and life agent since 1986. He specializes in individual and group health, life, dental, vision, long term care, disability income insurance and Medicare Advantage and Medicare supplement policies. He is...

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Deb received her degree from Lawrence Technological University. She has had more than 20 years of accounting, auditing and tax experience.

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Pam Ebels

Administrative Assistant

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Pam holds a bachelor's degree in business from Western Michigan University. She held positions as an office manager, and in banking as a credit analyst, before joining the DeLong & Brower team in January, 2005.

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Jill Gruppen

Client Services Associate

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After graduating in 2007 from Anderson University with a Political Science degree, Jill has worked in various office and customer service settings. She is a West Michigan native & was honored to be part of the 50th graduating class...

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Rachel Keur

New Business Sales Coordinator

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Rachel is responsible for employee benefit plans, plan administration, and benefits coordination for small to large employers. Rachel began her career with the Buursma Agency January 2003, becoming a licensed Life and Health Agent in...

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Darlene Khuon

Client Services Associate

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Darlene graduated from the University of Michigan in 2006 with degrees in Psychology and History. After eight years of working in the financial industry, she joined the DeLong & Brower team in 2015. She grew up in Holland and is a...

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Jeff's area of expertise and interest is in the entrepreneur world. He started his creative business endeavors in the high school years, taking on the challenges of starting a self serve gas station in his hometown. In the course of...

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Bev is a graduate of the University of Baltimore. She owned a small CPA firm in Maryland before moving to Michigan in 1993 when she joined the DeLong & Brower team.

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Jodi Prince

Administrative Assistant

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Jodi joined DeLong & Brower in November of 2001. She previously held administrative assistant positions in the insurance, medical and accounting fields, and is also a licensed cosmetologist.

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Polly Roark

Benefits Administrative Support

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Polly, Benefits Administrative Support, is responsible for assisting Kurt & Rachel with benefit changes (new enrollments, terminations, and updates) for our small and large employers. Polly brings 40 years of administrative experience,...

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Lori Shepard

Enrolled Agent / Office Administrator

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Lori received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. Lori is an Enrolled Agent and licensed to practice before the Internal Revenue Service in all 50 states.

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Connie VanderPloeg

Financial Services Specialist

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Connie attended Davenport College, Ferris State College, and Michigan Technological University where she majored in computer science.

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Matt graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1996, then began a career in the IT sector. 5 years later, it was time for a change. Matt wanted to help people and working in the financial industry allowed him to fulfill this...

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