Ira Berk, CPA/ABV, formed Premiere Financial Consultants, Inc. in October 1984 to support the financial consulting and accounting needs of closely-held business. Prior to forming Premiere, Ira spent seven years of the audit staff of Touche Ross & Co. (currently Deloitte). During his tenure at Touche Ross, he worked with both entrepreneurial ventures and divisions of Fortune 500 companies, leaving as a manager and member of the Chicago Office Real Estate Services Group.
Ira has an expertise in business valuations and is accredited in business valuation by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). In additional to the AICPA, Ira is a member of the Illinois CPA Society, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. He is a past member of the Illinois CPA Society Business Valuation Committee and has served as a member of the Society’s Small Practice Advisory Task Force.
Ira received a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign.
Heather Howard is a staff accountant at Premiere Financial Consultants, joining the team in 2015. Prior to working at Premiere Financial, she attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minored in Entrepreneurship. She is grateful to have the opportunity to serve clients on a personal and high-quality level.
Susan Berk has been an integral part of the development of Premiere Financial Consultants since its inception. She handles Premiere’s internal operations including: Insurance Administration, Human Resources, Accounts Payable and Payroll. Prior to working at Premiere, Susan was a group life and health underwriter at Kemper Insurance.
Susan graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Elementary Education, and is a retired preschool teacher.