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Richard Schoenthaler

Executive Vice President/CFO

Eau Claire, WI

"I think one of our greatest assets is the transparency of our actions and operations at all levels. There's also a willingness by the staff to really pitch in and see that the success of the company comes to the front. It's like a big family."
Richard Schoenthaler

Rich is executive vice president and chief financial officer. He joined Ayres Associates in 2008 and has direct control over all aspects of the finance, information technology, and marketing departments, as well as Southeast operations. He oversees external and internal financial statements and controls, general ledger, payroll, risk management, cash management, collections, budgets, information technology, customer service, banking, regulatory and legal issues, and mergers and acquisitions. He is a certified public accountant and has obtained vast experience in finance, treasury, taxes, information technology, and operational areas while working with a Fortune 500 corporation, multimillion-dollar manufacturing and architectural/engineering corporations, and the fifth largest international public accounting firm. Rich is Six Sigma Black Belt and lean manufacturing certified, with completed projects in plant layouts, document management solutions, enterprise resource planning, implementations, delivery time, inventory management, and the sales process. He has expertise in international, federal, and state tax laws; public and managerial finance; budgeting; cost and pricing standards; domestic and foreign investments; mergers and acquisitions; political lobbying; audit defense; project management; and strategic planning. He is skilled in new business development, market research, and cross selling of diverse services.

His areas of expertise include the following:

  • International, federal, and state tax laws
  • Public and managerial finance
  • Budgeting
  • Cost and pricing standards
  • Domestic and foreign investments
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Audit defense
  • Project management
  • Strategic planning
  • New business development
  • Market research
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant
  • MBT, Master of Business Taxation, University of Minnesota
  • BS, Accounting, University of Minnesota
  • Certified Public Accountant, WI
  • Certified Public Accountant, MN