Proppe to Lead Plante Moran in Second Term as MP

Jim Proppe

Jim Proppe has been confirmed to a second term as MP for Southfield, Mich.-based IPA 100 firm Plante Moran (FY21 net revenue of $797.7 million).

“While the past 16 months have provided incredible challenges, our entire team has found new ways to serve clients while staying safe and preserving firm culture,” says Proppe. “I’m proud of how we rose to these challenges and look forward to what we can accomplish working together in the years ahead.”

Proppe will lead a management team that now includes 10 partners, including the following four in new roles:

  • Laura Claeys, group MP of offices for Michigan and Colorado
  • Jason Drake, group MP of offices for Chicago area, Ohio and international locations
  • John Lesser, group MP of wealth management
  • Bryan Welsh, group MP of assurance

“As the firm continues to advance and evolve, it makes sense that our leadership team follows suit,” Proppe adds. “The expansion of our management team enables us to better meet our growth goals and staff needs.”

Finally, the firm appointed the following 16 professionals to serve as industry, service and office leaders:

  • Kellie Becker, chair of the international advisory board
  • Rob Bondy, practice leader, financial institutions
  • Shane Brown, industry group leader, real estate and construction
  • Jennifer Chambers, practice leader, K-12 industry
  • Ron Cook, practice leader, state and local tax
  • Brian Franey, industry group leader, financial services
  • Valerie Grunduski, office tax director, Detroit
  • Scott McLellan and Jonathon Trionfi, co-leaders of Plante Moran Group Benefit Advisors
  • Kellie Ray, industry group leader, not-for-profit
  • Stacey Reeves, industry group leader, public sector
  • Laurice Saba, office tax director, Auburn Hills, Mich.
  • Greg Walthorn, OMP, East Lansing, Mich.
  • Alisha Watkins, impact group leader, Southfield, Mich.
  • Brian Wiedenhoeft, group leader, manufacturing and distribution industry
  • Eric Wydra, OMP, Detroit

“[This group] will continue to uphold our firm’s legacy of providing exceptional client service, fostering community connections and promoting the firm’s culture,” Proppe says.

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