Marc C. Paquette, CPA, MST, QuickBooks ProAdvisor – Partner
Marc joined the firm in 1997 after five years of working in private industry. His areas of expertise include accounting and taxation for small business, individual taxation, audits, and reviews. He also has extensive experience in construction accounting and taxation.
Marc is responsible for the firm’s IT management and is knowledgeable in accounting software installation, training, and support. He earned his Bachelor of Accounting from Luther College. Marc is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society, and the Palatine Chamber of Commerce
Glenn Prigge, CPA – Partner and Vice President
Glenn joined Paquette & Company in January of 2015 after a 25-year career at Prigge, Simon & Hedrick, LLC in Mount Prospect, Illinois where he spent a decade as a partner in the firm.
Glenn works with clients on a wide range of business and tax issues and focuses on tax planning as well as helping client grow their businesses. His areas of specialization include forensic accounting and back taxes; helping companies and individuals with tax compliance; and accounting and taxation for small businesses and individuals.
A graduate of Indiana University, Glenn has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
He enjoys golf and many other outside sports.
Rodney J. Paquette, CPA, MBA – Founding Partner
Prior to establishing his practice in 1979, Rod worked at a large national and Midwest regional public accounting firm, as well as in the industrial sector, having held positions of controller, treasurer, chief financial officer and chief operations officer. Having worked in the business arena for many years gives Rod a unique perspective when advising small business owners.
Rod has expertise in accounting and auditing for the small business entity, taxation of the closely-held company and their principals, estate and trust planning and taxation. He earned his Master of Business Administration in accounting from DePaul University and his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wisconsin State University.
Michael Simon, CPA – Partner
Michael joined Paquette & Company in January 2015, bringing with him a wealth of experience including thirty years as managing partner at Prigge, Simon & Hedrick, LLC.
Michael works with small businesses, sole proprietors and professional and service corporations, and is responsible for the preparation of individual, partnership and not-for-profit tax returns.
A graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago, Michael earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is also a licensed CPA in Illinois. Michael is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Society of Certified Public Accountants. In the community, Michael serves as treasurer of the Friends of the Glenview Library and treasurer of Congregation Or Chadash in Chicago.
Jerome A. Sara, CPA – Consultant
Jerry joined the firm in 2011 as a consultant, responsible for client tax preparation and annual planning. With expertise in the areas of individual and fiduciary income tax, he assists clients in tax strategy planning to ensure that clients have a clear picture of their financial standing and make sound business decisions. Prior to joining Paquette & Company, Jerry operated his own accounting firm (1993-2011), and before that he worked for Winston & Strawn (1976-1993). Jerry earned a degree in accounting from DePaul University.
Bill Gladstone, CPA, QuickBooks ProAdvisdor – Business Accounts Manager
Bill serves as Paquette & Company’s Business Accounts Manager, overseeing our business services including audits, reviews, compilations, and preparing management use financial statements. He also supports our tax department during tax season, preparing tax returns for businesses and individuals. Bill’s experience includes working with businesses from start-ups to multi-million dollar corporations, helping them to mitigate their tax liabilities. He also has a wide variety of tax experience working with individuals and estates. Most recently, Bill was the controller of a mid-sized direct marketing company. Bill is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. He attended Valparaiso University in Indiana, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Bill serves as a Trustee on the Schaumburg School District 54 Foundation and is a volunteer for his church’s Awana program. He is married with two young children.
Rebecca (Becky) Flores – Office Manager
Becky joined us at the end of 2013 as our Office Manager, and has already survived her first tax season! She is responsible for client communications, including answering phone calls, managing documents and client portals, sales tax return preparation, and she also provides relief for other staff. Becky earned her Associate of Science degree in accounting from Ashworth University.
Cheryl Eisenmenger, CPA
Cheryl joined Paquette in December of 2014. Her primary responsibility are individual income tax and trust income tax returns for high net worth individuals. Prior to joining Paquette, she worked for 3 years doing accounting work for small business clients in a variety of industries, and worked 12 years at a large corporation holding financial analyst, manager, and controller positions.
Cheryl received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University. She is married with 3 school age children and is actively involved in volunteering with her local PTA and with the Middle School ministry at church.
Lisa Buchanan, CPA
Lisa joined the firm in 2010 and comes with senior auditor, benefits administration, and controller experience. She is responsible for client bookkeeping, payroll, preparing sales tax, and payroll tax returns, as well as assisting clients with their QuickBooks needs. Lisa received her BS in Business/Accountancy from Miami University.
Laura Simios, QuickBooks ProAdvisor – Accountant
Laura joined the Paquette & Company team as an Accountant, handling accounting work and special projects for our clients. Prior to her position at our firm, Laura managed accounting duties for three local building companies.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, Laura has an accounting degree. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her children play sports and participating in her book club.
Dylan Knee, CPA — Accountant
Dylan joined Paquette & Company in January of 2017 before graduating from Trinity International University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He serves in the business department with any and all business-related projects and accounting work.
As 2018 drew to a close, Dylan successfully completed the incredibly rigorous CPA exams, which earned him the privilege of officially being recognized as a Certified Public Accountant opening a whole new chapter in his life.
In his spare time Dylan enjoys playing all kinds of game with his three older brothers and serving as a Junior-high youth leader at his local church.
Margarita (Rita) Polyakova, CPA, QuickBooks ProAdvisor
Rita began her career with a large regional public accounting firm after graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She has worked in public accounting for over 10 years. She works closely with clients on compliance issues as well as consulting on various tax planning and other business ideas. Rita has been with Paquette & Co. since September 2017, where she continues to utilize the knowledge she gained from a large nationwide firm to help serve her clients. Her focus has been working with high net worth individuals.
Rita currently resides in Arlington Heights with her husband and their two children.
She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.
Joe Gallo – Director of Operations
Paquette and Company welcomed Joe Gallo in late 2018. Joe is a new member of the team and the Director of Operations. He actively assists managers and staff in producing a more efficient work structure. These efficiencies will establish better client services, drive growth, and enhance productivity. Joe is a seasoned operations and management analyst. He has a broad background in many industries and has worked with diverse teams and companies of various size and make-up. He’s helped large international organizations refine their operating procedures as well as assisted smaller mid-level companies through the application of data and technology to drive efficiency and be more competitive.
When not at work, Joe is a dedicated member of his community. He serves as a local elected official, a board member on his city’s chamber of commerce, and the co-founder of the Illinois Smart City & Region Association (ISCRA), a state sponsored membership based non-profit focused on bringing Illinois cities beyond the 21st century. Joe is a technology enthusiast and recognizes the need to continuously include technology in industry, community, and society in order to be more efficient and effective with the current level of resources available.