Karen Stern, CPA, Member in Charge

Karen Stern has spent more than three decades in public accounting, helping small businesses achieve their financial goals. Under her leadership, BSW Entrepreneurial Services Group has been recognized as the best accounting firm for small businesses in St. Louis by Small Business Monthly for the last 5 years. Karen recently led the development of a women’s networking and professional development program called THE BRIDGE, which is designed to connect female professionals of today and tomorrow. Click here to learn more about Karen.

Sandra Dowdy, CPA

Sandy leads the Entrepreneurial Services Group office located in Glen Carbon, IL. She joined the team in July 2014 as a manager when Brown Smith Wallace acquired her firm, SKD Accounting & Tax Services. Sandy has had a passion for serving clients since high school, when she obtained her first job in public accounting. Sandy believes that truly caring about her clients’ success and maintaining open communication with them has led to many long-term client relationships.  Click here to learn more about Sandy.

Ira Bergman, CPA

Ira is a Partner in the Entrepreneurial Services Group practice at Brown Smith Wallace. He was a co-founder and the managing principal at Bergman, Schraier & Co., which merged into Brown Smith Wallace in 2016. Ira was named “CPA of the Year” in 2000 by the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA), St. Louis chapter. Click here to learn more about Ira.

Pam Sigmund

Pam is a manager in the Entrepreneurial Services Group practice and has over 25 years of experience in public accounting. She’s a QuickBooks Pro Advisor and has experience working with clients in the following industries: distribution, construction, auto body repair, manufacturing and more. When Pam is away from the office, you can bet that she’s spending time with her three grandchildren.  Click here to learn more about Pam.

Heidi Warren

Heidi is a Entrepreneurial Services Group resident and QuickBooks expert. She has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting and a passion for helping clients with their tax and accounting challenges. Heidi has experience working with clients in a number of industries, including insurance, distribution, retail and manufacturing, just to name a few. Click here to learn more about Heidi.

Paul Krussel, CPA

Paul is a Principal at Brown Smith Wallace serving primarily in the Entrepreneurial Services Group. With more than 15 years of public accounting experience, Paul’s strong emphasis has historically been in auditing financial statements of middle-market and closely held businesses. His expertise includes financial statement preparation and analysis, attestation services, internal control analysis, business valuation and comprehensive business analysis services, including income tax planning and overall company strategies. Click here to learn more about Paul.

Joel Schraier, CPA

Joel is a Partner in the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Brown Smith Wallace. Joel utilizes his analytical skills to provide consulting, planning and compliance services to clients. Joel was a co-founder and principal at Bergman, Schraier & Co., which merged into Brown Smith Wallace in 2016. Click here to learn more about Joel.

Katheryn Schroeder, CPA

Kathy is a Principal in the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Brown Smith Wallace. She has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting with specific emphasis in tax planning, compliance and research for individuals and businesses. She also spends much of her time consulting with small business clients on operating, financial and tax matters. Prior to joining Brown Smith Wallace, Kathy was part of the management group of Bergman, Schraier and Co. Click here to learn more about Katheryn.