Kirk Kleckner

CPA MBA ABV ASA CFF | Founder & President

Kirk’s experience includes:

  • President of Automotive Development Group Capital and Consulting- a dealership profitability enhancement consulting firm
  • President of Valuation USA- a valuation and succession planning firm
  • Seven years as Chief Financial Officer for a well-respected, Top 50 U.S. dealership group known for its world class customer experiences and business processes
  • Nineteen years with an accounting firm including roles as shareholder, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Business Valuation and Litigation Support Services
  • Consulting work for hundreds of companies in an array of industries including but not limited to:  retail dealership, casualty insurance, distribution, manufacturing, construction, insurance, reinsurance, service, non-profit, bank, retail, tool and die, technology, trucking, and warehouse

Kirk is a CPA, MBA and has professional accreditations including:

  • Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation (ASA) from the American Society of Appraisers
  • Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics, from the AICPA (CFF)

Accreditations

As a business valuation professional, Kirk Kleckner holds the prestigious ASA accreditation from the American Society of Appraisers. Kirk also holds the ABV and CFF accreditation from the American Institute of Public Accountants.  The CFF credential is granted exclusively to CPA’s who demonstrate considerable expertise in forensic accounting.


Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA)
Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA)

In recent years, the business valuation profession has become cluttered with designations that can often be confusing. A universally accepted accreditation, the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation requires a commitment to excellence that sets it apart from all the rest.

The ASA designation provides peace of mind that the business valuator being hired has completed stringent criteria in education, experience and professional standards, including:

  • 108 hours of rigorous instruction
  • 4 half-day exams
  • Completion of USPAP coursework and testing
  • Valuation report submitted to a Board of Examiners
  • 10,000 hours of full-time Business Valuation experience
  • Professional and personal references checked
  • Personal interview
  • Personal interview
  • On-going professional education required
  • Adherence to a strict Code of Ethics

Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)

The ABV Credential is the mark of excellence in business valuation. It identifies those valuation professionals who have the ability to provide sound and reliable business valuation services. To provide assurance that business valuation service providers are experienced, tested and certified, AICPA has developed the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) Credential for CPAs. Those who earn the ABV Credential must be a member in good standing of the AICPA and demonstrate experience in business valuation; pass a rigorous business valuation exam; demonstrate a history of continuing education.

To maintain the ABV Credential, a CPA must meet the requirements for recertification every three years. These include evidence of continuing substantial involvement in the discipline and completion of related Continuing Professional Education (CPE) courses. The ABV Credential certifies that you are working with a certified valuation professional–a CPA who brings added value to a valuation engagement. CPA/ABVs combine a sophisticated understanding of accounting, taxation, financial statement analysis and business operations in many different industries with proven competence in valuation. Thanks to those core competencies, ABVs have an advantage when it comes to meeting clients’ valuation needs. When you need reliable, impartial advice, give yourself the advantage of working with a CPA/ABV and get valuation services you can bank on.


Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)

Only CPAs who demonstrate considerable expertise in forensic accounting through their knowledge, skills, and experience can earn the CFF credential. The CFF encompasses fundamental and specialized forensic accounting skills that CPA practitioners apply in a variety of service areas. These include bankruptcy; electronic data analysis; family law; valuations; fraud prevention, detection, and response; financial statement misrepresentation; and damages calculations.

In the context of litigation, the term forensic means to be suitable for use in a court of law. Forensic accounting services generally involve the application of specialized knowledge and investigative skills possessed by CPAs to collect, analyze, and evaluate evidential matter and to interpret and communicate findings in the courtroom, boardroom, or other legal or administrative venue.