Ben brings over twelve years of eclectic experience to the firm’s clientele. After beginning his career in the tax department of a large regional firm, he spent seven years as a controller of a regional distributor and retailer, overseeing the finances of seven locations across four Mid-Atlantic states before joining the Walz Group in the Assurance Division.
As a senior manager in the Assurance Division, Ben’s broad range of expertise supplements the firm’s traditional offerings. Not only does he oversee compilation and review engagements, but his hands-on experience in private industry allows him to perform a variety of consultative services for clients, including outsourced CFO services and bank examination procedures.
In light of the myriad recent law changes and proposed bills the result from the economic response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Ben has led the firm’s charge in addressing, and helping clients assess the implications of this legislation. In particular, Ben has been the leading voice in the firm in educating employees and clients about all facets of the Paycheck Protection Program and related forgiveness. He has appeared on webinars hosted both by the firm and by outside organizations, such as the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to display his deep knowledge and insight into PPP.
In addition to his work within the Assurance Division, Ben also oversees and directs the EasyKeep division of bookkeepers within the firm. Ben’s leadership has created greater cohesion between the weekly, monthly and quarterly tasks handled by the firm’s bookkeepers and the annual reporting responsibilities that lie within other areas of the Assurance Division.
Ben’s easy-going temperament builds rapport with those he works with, and teamed with an impressive ability to quickly master difficult concepts, he excels at educating both newer staff and seasoned controllers and CFO’s. Ben has distinguished himself as one of the firm’s foremost presenters of in-house continuing education as well as informal lectures to clients, referral sources, and business partners.
Education, Certifications & Professional Affiliations
- Geneva College—Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (with majors in Accounting and Finance)
- Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania
- Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- Chartered Global Management Accountant
- Recognized as 40 Under 40: PICPA Members to Watch
- Westminster Presbyterian Church – Current Deacon Chairman and Prior Assistant Treasurer, Prior Sunday School Teacher for Junior High boys
- Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountant – Committee Co-Chair