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James Slager

CPA, CVA | CK Principal

A CK Principal since 1994, Jim Slager delivers on Cray Kaiser’s promise as a full-service public accounting practice, providing a vast scope of services pertaining to audits, accounting and tax planning and preparation. Having joined Cray Kaiser in 1986, his accumulated wealth of knowledge spans industries and competencies.

Jim is one of three leaders at the firm with accreditation as a Certified Valuation Analyst. His expertise lies in valuations related to gift tax, divorce, shareholder dispute, buy-sell and estate planning. In the latter case, he works with clients to ensure that they maximize the transfer of wealth to heirs while minimizing tax-related expenses.

In addition, Jim leads the firm’s offering in the heavily regulated area of employee benefit plan audits. As the Department of Labor steps up its requisites in this sphere, Jim’s specialty fills a need not many other firms can.

In more recent years, Jim has turned his attention to the next generation of leaders. He aims to give the current crop of junior talent the same opportunities he had as a 27-year-old new hire. With an open-door policy, he inspires Cray Kaiser’s staff accountants to deepen their skills at every turn. By fostering talent within the firm today, he’s passing on the highest standards of integrity and professionalism for tomorrow.

Jim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics from Calvin College.

Community: Former Treasurer/Board Member, Will County Habitat for Humanity. Memberships: Estate Planning Council of Greater Joliet, Rotary Club. Graduate: Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School.

The Lighter Side

Season tickets: The Chicago Bulls (for 25+ years, in fact).
Sports pedigree: Son of a basketball coach.
Would rather be: Golfing!
Vacation preference: Anything aquatic. Preferably river rafting.
Can’t say no to: Chocolate.
Near & dear: Wife Rita, sons Stephen and Nicholas.