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David F. Benusa

Dave was drawn to accounting at an early age. After taking a high school accounting class, he was hooked. “I saw how it helped my family’s business develop a road map for success,” he says. “I was intrigued—and wanted to help other businesses do the same.” As the firm’s CEO and managing partner, Dave specializes in aiding closely held businesses—like his family’s—through the complexities of tax law, strategic tax planning and compliance. “For me, it’s all about helping a client get to the next level,” he says. “I enjoy making a difference.”

Dave began his accounting career in 1992 and joined Froehling Anderson in 2003. He’s grateful for the relationships he’s developed over the years, along with the helpful nature of the firm’s staff. “It’s never ‘me,’ or ‘I,’” he explains, “We are willing to work across disciplines so our clients get the best answer possible.” Outside of his role at Froehling Anderson, Dave, with his wife, Kelly, plays the role of “Super Dad” to his three kids. Between swim meets, trips to northern Minnesota, and year-round hockey, the Benusa family is always on the move. Dave also enjoys volunteering with various community organizations, cooking, traveling and biking.

Richard A. Wiethorn

Rick often jokes that he’s a “reluctant accountant.” He says that after earning a degree in finance, it was his strong interest in business (not numbers) that steered him into the accounting realm. Since joining Froehling Anderson in 2003, Rick has focused his practice on helping clients with their accounting, tax and business consulting needs. He currently leads the firm’s Business Consulting Department. As a partner who has previously served as a CFO of a public company, he has a strong understanding of the real world pressures business owners’ face.

Rick and his team of business-savvy accountants help their clients do more than “save a few bucks with the IRS.” He’s tenacious about understanding what makes a client or business tick. “Understanding their processes helps me understand the underlying reasons why certain transactions occur,” he explains. For Rick, it’s all about the people. “I really enjoy the relationships—with clients, colleagues, and business partners—that I’ve been blessed with over the years,” he says. There’s no question that the Rick’s values time with his wife and three kids. Together they enjoy boating, outdoor activities, and volunteering at their church.

Wade Christensen

Wade began his accounting career in 2000 because of his childhood love of math. He says he is fortunate to have had “phenomenal instructors” throughout high school and college who encouraged him to pursue his passion. “Accounting is a good fit for me in that it keeps me on my toes,” he says. “I really enjoy learning new things and finding ways to improve our clients’ tax situation.” For Wade, his passion for accounting is tied closely to his passion for sports. In 2006, he joined Froehling Anderson to focus his practice on professional athletes. As a partner in the firm’s Tax Department, he leverages his all-star knowledge of tax code and laws to help clients mitigate tax issues. “It’s rewarding to be a part of their success,” he says.

Wade also devotes time to training staff on tax law changes and doing all he can to learn about his clients’ businesses. “It’s important to step into their shoes and see things from their perspective,” he says. A Minnesota sports fan through and through, Wade faithfully follows the Vikings, Timberwolves, and Twins. He also has a passion for traveling and enjoys trying new foods. His hobbies include golf, movies and working out.

Alan J. Delage

Al is a tax attorney and chair of Froehling Anderson’s Tax Department. Since joining the firm in 2000, he’s used his unique skill set (he is an attorney, CPA, and holds a Master of Laws in Taxation), to help his clients navigate the odd and difficult tax issues. He jokes that you will never meet a teenager who aspires to be a tax attorney; however, it’s easy to see the role fits him well.

Al has always been interested in business. He recalls that as a young college student, he discovered “accounting is business applied to numbers.” It is no surprise that Al’s favorite part of his practice is learning about his clients’ businesses. “The devil is in the details,” he explains. “The more I know, the more I am able to apply my expertise.”

Outside of his role as a tax attorney, Al enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids. During the summer months, the family revels in all kinds of “Minnesota” activities, including water sports, boating and fishing.

Robb Prestholdt

Born and raised in a small town, Robb is accustomed to being there for others. He loves that his role as a partner in Froehling Anderson’s Business Consulting Department gives him the opportunity to be there for his clients. “I’m able to spend time getting to know my clients,” he says. “And that’s something I really appreciate.” Robb joined the firm in 2006 and after earning his CPA, he became a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). He relies upon his genuine, no-nonsense demeanor and CMA expertise to help clients make sound business decisions. “For me, it’s meaningful to be able to add value to my clients’ businesses,” he says.

For Robb, accounting is fun because it requires him to exercise his analytical skills. “I’ve always enjoyed solving puzzles and figuring things out,” he says. “Sometimes it doesn’t even feel like work!” Robb enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children. In his free time, Robb can be found playing and watching sports including cheering loudly for the Minnesota Vikings.

Gail Thompson

A natural people-person, Gail’s face lights up at the prospect of making a new friend. Which is why it comes as no surprise that, when reflecting on her 20-plus-year accounting career, it’s the friendships—with both clients and colleagues—she values most. After starting her accounting career in the private industry, Gail switched to public accounting in 2008 and joined Froehling Anderson in 2012. As an audit partner in the firm’s Business Consulting Department, she applies her past experience as a controller for an international company to her clients’ businesses. “I know what my clients go through to prepare for an audit,” she says. “Having this understanding allows me to better answer questions and, of course, empathize with their situation.”

These days, her favorite new friends are her two young granddaughters. Raised in a family of boys and the mother of two sons, she says she’s excited to finally be able to “buy pink.” She and her husband also enjoy taking trips to their cabin in northern Minnesota, boating, fishing and reading.

David B. Wasmuth

Growing up, Dave wanted to be a teacher. Although he ultimately found his calling as an accountant, his 40 year career has centered on guiding others — clients and colleagues — to success. Dave joined Froehling Anderson in 1979 and is a senior partner in the firm’s Business Consulting Department. He relies upon his past experience, which includes serving as managing partner from 1997 to 2004, to help clients navigate strategic business opportunities. He is involved in the firm’s continuing education program and, through his involvement with Pecos River Learning Center, has conducted several seminars throughout the U.S. and Europe.
For Dave, the appeal of accounting mirrors that of teaching. “Accounting gives me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others,” he says. Outside of the accounting realm, Dave makes a positive impact through his faith, family (wife and son) and nature photography. He is also an avid cyclist.