Below you will find our directory of personnel for review. Click on the individuals name to open up their bio.

Hank Boone

Hank joined CJG Partners LLP in January 2004. His experience is dedicated to accounting and tax services. Hank has worked on a number of audits, reviews, and compilations for various CJG Partner clients. His tax experience includes corporations, partnerships, employee benefit plans, and individual returns.

Hank has gained experience working with many clients in manufacturing, personal service, HUD, and business service industries while at CJG Partners LLP. His knowledge gained in these industries has helped him better serve his clients.

Hank is a member of the Illinois CPA Society, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Tooling & Manufacturing Association (TMA). He graduated from Iowa State University in December 2003 with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Accounting. Hank is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant in Illinois and Iowa.

Steve Burns

Steve began his career in public accounting with CJG Partners LLP in 2005. His time was dedicated to providing accounting and tax expertise to clients in manufacturing, service and construction industries. Steve left the firm a few years later to join an international accounting practice performing forensic and investigative services to private, public and governmental clients. He also spent time at various distribution businesses in operational and analyst roles.

In 2014, Steve returned to CJG Partners LLP. Drawing on past experiences, he will bring a unique perspective to deliver quality service to clients. He is also a Certified Valuation Analyst, assisting business owner’s value their business.

Steve received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois in 2003 and Master of Science in Accountancy from DePaul University in 2005. He is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois. Steve is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Illinois CPA Society, and National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). He is also an Associate Board Member of The Cara Program in Chicago.

Richard A. DeMayo

Rick is one of the founding partners of CJG Partners LLP. He is committed to building strong client relationships by delivering quality service and utilizing experienced and knowledgeable staff. He is a “hands-on” partner, and therefore very involved in all areas of accounting, auditing and tax. Rick is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Rick is also a Certified Valuation Analyst, who assists clients in valuing their businesses and intangible assets.

Rick received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Loyola University of Chicago in 1974. He is a member of the Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and Wisconsin CPA societies, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).

Patty Demmert

Patty joined CJG Partners LLP in October 1996.  She came to the firm after working 19 years at a financial institution in Chicago.  She is responsible for reviewing and assembling financial statements, quality control, and performs various administrative functions.

Charles J. Gries

Charlie has helped our clients with acquisitions and sales of various businesses and assisted in corporate consulting. Throughout his career he has assisted clients in the manufacturing, service and technology industries to grow their businesses either through acquisition or organically in both the private and public sectors.

Charlie is one of the founders and partner emeritus of CJG Partners LLP. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from DePaul University in 1967. Charlie is a member of various organizations, various community organizations and is a board member on several private and public corporations.

Mary Hendle

Mary joined the firm in 1999 to fulfill the responsibilities of client contact along with being an administrative assistant.  In her 30 year career, she has held various positions in retail, customer service, and accounting.  Her many duties range from scheduling client appointments and managing client files to preparing bank reconciliations, e-filing tax returns, and trust administration; all executed with a dedication to client satisfaction.

Matthew Lampugnano

Matt graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and is a member of the Illinois CPA Society. Matt is in the process of sitting for the CPA exam, and has been involved in various tax returns, audits, reviews, and compilations at CJG Partners LLP since he joined the firm in October 2011.

Jim McCollam

Jim graduated from Governors State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in December of 2015.

Jim is a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Excel Certified Professional. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS).

Jim is currently in the process of sitting for the CPA exam. He joined CJG Partners LLP in January 2016 where he works on tax returns, audits, reviews, and compilations for clients.

Sally Neil

Sally, originally from England, joined CJG Partners LLP in January of 1993.  Sally’s administrative career spans over 30 years, all of which has been with accounting firms.  She is responsible for all firm administration and human resources.  Sally, also, works with the tax department in preparing individual returns.

Gregory D. Nelson

Greg joined CJG Partners LLP in November of 1995. His time is predominately dedicated to accounting and tax services across a range of industries including manufacturing, service, construction and homeowner associations. Greg has worked on a number of audits, reviews, and compilations for various clients. His tax experience includes corporations, partnerships, employee benefit plans, and individual returns. Greg is involved with the firm’s IT systems and management and helped transform the firm to a paperless system.

Greg received his CPA in May of 1997 and is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He graduated from Northern Illinois University in December of 1994 with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Accounting.

Ken Orth Jr.

Ken joined CJG Partners LLP in July of 2010.  His time is predominately dedicated to accounting and tax services.  Ken has worked on a number of audits, reviews, and compilations for various clients.  His tax experience includes corporations, partnerships, employee benefit plans, and individual returns.

Ken received his CPA in June of 2013 and is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.

Ken graduated from Northern Illinois University in May of 2009 with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Accounting.  In May of 2010, he graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Master of Accounting Science (MAS) with an emphasis in Taxation and Leadership

Cathy Wiesner

Cathy joined the firm in 1997 and has spent her entire professional career in public accounting. Cathy graduated in 1981 from the University of Illinois Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Cathy performs a wide variety of accounting functions. Her expertise centers around preparation of payroll and sales tax returns, as well as client accounting. Cathy is very detail minded and concerned with client satisfaction.

Paul Zajac

Paul joined CJG Partners LLP in June of 2007, shortly after graduating from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting. He has experience in performing audits, reviews, and compilations of firms across various industries, as well as preparing tax returns for individuals, corporations, and partnerships.

In February 2013, Paul completed his Master of Science Degree in Accounting at Loyola University, and became an Illinois licensed CPA in November 2013.  He is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Paul also speaks Polish.