Prior to joining the firm, Justin spent six and a half years as a healthcare/tax manager at Clifton Larson Allen. He also spent several years working for firms PricewaterhouseCooper and CBIZ Business Solutions Inc. The diverse knowledge and experience he’s gained over the years has strengthened his ability to provide clients with high quality service.
With over a decade of experience, Justin is equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the individual needs of his clients. In one instance, he directed a client to the appropriate legal counsel to get their affairs in order as a family member fell ill. Another time, Justin provided consulting services when it came to estate and tax ramifications of a Roth IRA conversion.
Justin knew early on that he wanted to pursue a career in accounting; he always had a passion for numbers. He also learned a lot about accounting, including job options and the benefits of working in the profession, from the head of his youth group. He attributes much of his success to his current and past colleagues. Justin has developed and grown into the professional he is today thanks to the great colleagues he has had the privilege of working with over the years.
Justin currently resides in Chesterfield, Missouri with his wife, Allison, and their three children. He and his family enjoy exploring the city and all it has to offer. Some of their favorite places to visit are the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center and the Missouri Botanical Gardens. In addition to spending time with his family, Justin enjoys watching Cardinals baseball and gardening.
What year did you join Abeles & Hoffman?
December 17, 2012
What are your responsibilities at the firm?
I am a shareholder with various management responsibilities; business development, tax compliance and consulting. I work with various industries including; Senior Living, Real Estate / Construction, Manufacturing and Distribution / Professional Service Firms (legal, financial, healthcare).
Tell us about where you attended college and the degree(s) you earned? Did you have any special accomplishments?
B.S. Accounting, M.S. Accounting with an emphasis in Taxation – both from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. I was an Accounting Circle Scholar which gave me a full-ride scholarship all 4 years of undergraduate, I was active in Beta Alpha Psi including leadership as Treasurer and President, active in the Accounting Society, Graduate Assistantship included teaching a Business Computing course focused on the Microsoft Office suite.
What is your favorite thing about living in St. Louis?
So many things to do and a great place to raise a family. We love the Zoo, Science Center, Magic House, Botanical Gardens, the Cardinals, college basketball at Chaifetz, City Museum among other things.
Tell us a little about your family.
My wife Allison and I have been married for almost 14 years. We have 4 children (2 boys and 2 girls) – Eli (12), Jillian (9), Cora (7) and Jude (5). We also have a Dog named Melody.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would actually carve out time to exercise and probably read more.
What fictional place would you most like to visit?
What is a new skill that you would like to master?
Coaching youth baseball effectively
What do you wish you knew more about?
Foreign languages, enough to be conversant in German, Russian or Spanish, or all of the above.
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
I think that would be when we visited Positano, Italy or perhaps another stop in the Mediterranean. Seems to be just a bit further away than Pompeii, Rome or Tunis, Tunisia which were all stops on the same trip.
What question would you most like to know the answer to?
Whether or not there is actual life on other planets.
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
I can wiggle my ears – people are usually pretty amazed by this.
What was the best compliment you’ve ever received?
Generally, what I love hearing the most is that I am trusted, especially by clients. I was honored to be asked to serve as trustee for a client who felt I really understood their family needs and financial concerns.
What silly accomplishment are you most proud of?
Winning art and writing contests in elementary school
What is your favorite smell?
A good steak
If you had a clock that would countdown to any one event of your choosing, what event would you want it to countdown to?
When was the last time you climbed a tree?
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
What was your first job?
I worked for a greenhouse / landscape nursery from the time I was 12 until I was 18.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?