Steven M. Austin, CPA
Steve works with a diverse range of clients in commercial sectors and is the firm’s expert in servicing not-for-profit organizations in both compliance and consulting capacities. He is particularly effective in working with mission-driven organizations with multiple bottom lines and organizations with formal boards of directors on broad issues. In the not-for-profit sector, his clients include social welfare agencies, foundations, a national membership association, research organizations, and religious institutions, many of which follow a “policy governance” model. In the commercial sector, Steve services clients including consumer food cooperatives, manufacturing, distribution, construction, and software development industries, among others.
Steve’s philosophy is to help clients build internal strength in order to develop more accurate, timely, and meaningful financial information for the overall effective management of their organizations. Steve performs consulting services with clients to help them improve in a variety of initiatives including: improving their financial accounting and analysis for decision making and planning, the effectiveness of internal accounting control and office operations, developing effective internal financial reporting systems and protocols, developing indirect cost rates for grant cost recovery, and enhancing cost controls. Steve has also worked closely on many executive searches to find the right people, at various levels, for our clients.
Married since 1982, Steve earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont in 1983, when he started his career. Since then, Steve has been actively involved in the community at a number of levels, including raising four wonderful children to adulthood with his wife, Debbie. Steve currently serves on the Elder Board of Christ Memorial (since 1997), on the Operations Committee of the United Way of Chittenden County (since 2000), and on the Board of Directors of Christian Ministries, Inc. (media broadcasting, since 2012, currently the President of the Board). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants.