About Us

When selecting a valuation professional you want an expert whose training, experience, and skill enables an accurate and supportable conclusion of value. You want a “hands-on” expert performing the work. As a CPA and former CFO of a $500 million dollar business, Kirk Kleckner understands the financial and operational aspects of business that are critical in assessing business prospects and risk.

As a CPA, Kirk also brings:

  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Sound judgment
  • Commitment to quality service

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Accreditations

As a business valuation professional, Kirk Kleckner holds the prestigious ASA accreditation from the American Society of Appraisers. Kirk also holds the ABV and CFF accreditations from the American Institute of Public Accountants.  What does this alphabet soup of confusing abbreviations mean?


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 Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA)

In recent years, the business valuation profession has become cluttered with designations that can often be confusing. A universally accepted accreditation, the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation requires a commitment to excellence that sets it apart from all the rest.

The ASA designation provides peace of mind that the business valuator being hired has completed stringent criteria in education, experience and professional standards, including:

  • 108 hours of rigorous instruction
  • 4 half-day exams
  • Completion of USPAP coursework and testing
  • Valuation report submitted to a Board of Examiners
  • 10,000 hours of full time Business Valuation experience
  • Professional and personal references checked
  • Personal interview
  • Personal interview
  • On-going professional education required
  • Adherence to a strict Code of Ethics

The American Society of Appraisers understands the seriousness of the profession, and they have never wavered from their commitment of requiring excellence. Education, integrity, credibility and experience all factor into the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation. You can rest assured that the ASA designation after the name of a business valuator means they have been held to the highest standard in the profession. ASA is the only business valuation credential required to comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (the standards promulgated by the congressionally-authorized Appraisal Foundation). It is the oldest and only multidisciplinary professional appraisal organization representing business valuation, personal property, real property, gems and jewelry, machinery and technical specialties and appraisal review and management.


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Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)

The ABV Credential is the mark of excellence in business valuation. It identifies those valuation professionals who have the ability to provide sound and reliable business valuation services. To provide assurance that business valuation service providers are experienced, tested and certified, AICPA has developed the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) Credential for CPAs. Those who earn the ABV Credential must be a member in good standing of the AICPA and demonstrate experience in business valuation; pass a rigorous business valuation exam; and demonstrate a history of continuing education.

To maintain the ABV Credential, a CPA must meet the requirements for recertification every three years. These include evidence of continuing substantial involvement in the discipline and completion of related Continuing Professional Education (CPE) courses. The ABV Credential certifies that you are working with a certified valuation professional–a CPA who brings added value to a valuation engagement. CPA/ABVs combine a sophisticated understanding of accounting, taxation, financial statement analysis and business operations in many different industries with proven competence in valuation. Thanks to those core competencies, ABVs have an advantage when it comes to meeting clients’ valuation needs. When you need reliable, impartial advice, give yourself the advantage of working with a CPA/ABV and get valuation services you can bank on.


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Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)

Only CPAs who demonstrate considerable expertise in forensic accounting through their knowledge, skills, and experience can earn the CFF credential. The CFF encompasses fundamental and specialized forensic accounting skills that CPA practitioners apply in a variety of service areas. These include:bankruptcy; electronic data analysis; family law; valuations; fraud prevention, detection, and response; financial statement misrepresentation; and damages calculations.

In the context of litigation, the term forensic means to be suitable for use in a court of law. Forensic accounting services generally involve the application of specialized knowledge and investigative skills possessed by CPAs to collect, analyze, and evaluate evidential matter and to interpret and communicate findings in the courtroom, boardroom, or other legal or administrative venue.


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