Stephen has been a partner at BNKJ since 1999 and works with many of the firm’s largest clients coordinating audits and preparing financial statements. In addition, he conducts internal control studies and provides compliance and consulting services to clients in industries including manufacturing, distribution, professional services, real estate and not-for-profit. Stephen also performs the firm’s technical reviews on all retirement plan audits, as well as all other financial statement engagements.
Known for his organizational and interpersonal skills, as well as his strong work ethic, Stephen is often in the office before the sun rises preparing for his dual role as both the Chief Operating Officer of the firm and an audit partner. He has been COO for the past seven years, ensuring that the firm functions smoothly and profitably just like the professional service firms BNKJ represents.
In addition to his client and administrative responsibilities, Stephen coordinates recruitment of the firm’s professional and administrative staff. His ability to find individuals who match the firm’s needs and culture has enabled BNKJ to retain valued people, grow the firm and keep pace with a diverse and increasing client base.
Stephen is a native of Cape Town, South Africa, holding both accounting and law degrees from the University of Cape Town and was employed with Arthur Andersen before moving to the United States in 1986. With one daughter a recent graduate of Tulane University and the other a current student there, Stephen and his wife spend several times a year enjoying the tastes and sounds of New Orleans.