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Roger Reitz

CPA, CVA | CK Principal

Roger Reitz has worked in public accounting all but two years of his career. Having joined Cray Kaiser in 1985, he served as the firm’s Managing Principal for 17 years. Over that time and into the present, he has played an instrumental role in developing the firm’s commitment to high-touch service, as well as its niche expertise in closely held and family-owned businesses.

Of late, he focuses on audit and attest services and is one of three Cray Kaiser principals with accreditation as a Certified Valuation Analyst. Extending his expertise in closely held and family-owned businesses to the community at large, he also leads educational sessions for members of the Chicago Family Business Council at DePaul University.

Given his years of service as a CPA, Roger knows talent when he sees it. Among his proudest achievements: He hired two of the firm’s current Principals at the dawn of their careers. With a belief that talent rises to the top, he actively encourages Cray Kaiser’s current group of budding leaders to reach the height of their potential.

He has been involved with numerous professional organizations over the course of his career but is most passionate about his work with the Accounting Principles Committee of the Illinois CPA Society. As a senior technical committee within the society, the group reviews and comments on proposed changes to standards. He derives a great deal of satisfaction from the opportunity to affect all practice units in the profession he loves.

Roger holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Community: Past Memberships: Rotary Club, Community Library Board, Catholic High School Board. Past Presidency: River Forest Tennis Club.

The Lighter Side

Hobbies: Golf and tennis—for the (occasional) thrill of victory!
Work/life motto: Knowledge is power.
Reading motto: So many books, so little time.
Wishes he could bottle: A healthy serving of that otherwise scant time.
Best past trip: Africa—for the animals, landscape and the incredible spirit of people who have very little.
Best upcoming trip: Wherever it takes him.
Near & dear: Wife Markey, daughter Julia.