Announcement Dec. 1, 2020 — Christianson PLLP was founded in 1987 and since then, has been blessed with client growth and expansion for which the team is grateful. With that growth comes new opportunities and the Partners at Christianson are proud to announce recent Firm leadership changes resulting from their annual Partner strategic planning session held this past summer.
To continue this strategic growth of the Firm, John will be transitioning his Managing Partner responsibilities to Joel Gratz, CPA. This transition will take place January 1st, 2021 and will allow the leadership of the Firm to evolve. John has accepted additional leadership responsibilities in the agriculture and renewable fuels space including national efforts as well as his role with the MN Governor’s Council on Biofuels.
John will continue to focus his efforts within the agricultural and renewable energy communities which include direct management of the System Solutions and Benchmarking teams.
The Firm is governed by a four Partner board that is supported by a team of managers who oversee core areas of firm administration, finance, technology, marketing, and human resources with direct oversight by our Managing Partner, a position held by John for over 30 years.
About Joel Gratz
Joel Gratz joined the Firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2003 serving as Firm CFO since 2012. Joel has grown with the Firm and has been integral in client and service growth. He takes pride in servicing clients across the Firm with exceptional client relationship management and focus on community involvement. Joel is currently the Director of Taxation at Christianson with over 24 years of experience specializing in business and individual taxation including estate and succession planning.
“I’m confident that with his skills, knowledge and experience he will successfully lead the Firm into the next decade. I look forward to working with him and the rest of the team for a smooth transition and into the future as we continue to provide exceptional client service”, John says.
During the strategic planning session, the Partners also determined that in an effort to allow Joel to focus entirely on the evolution of the leadership of the Firm as well as providing continued support to his clients, the CFO responsibilities will be transitioned to Bradley Pederson, CPA.
About Bradley Pederson
Bradley Pederson joined the Firm in 2004 and became a partner in 2007. Since then, he has been a member of the Firm’s Quality Control committee and has been the Compliance Services Director since 2015.
Bradley specializes in providing business consulting, audit, tax and accounting services to clients in a variety of industries including renewable fuels, construction, and manufacturing. He helps companies with various business challenges such as debt offerings, analyzing organization risks, and forecasts.
As we complete these transitions, we welcome any and all questions that you may have, and we thank you for trusting us as your advisors.