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From its foundation, Vander Ploeg, Bergakker & Associates (VBA) was established upon the sound principle of outstanding and timely client service.  In 1980, John Vander Ploeg decided to open a small accounting firm founded on this uncompromised commitment to client service, quality, and professionalism.

In 1989, backed by his experience and knowledge in business valuation, Denny Bergakker joined the firm.  John and Denny worked diligently together to build the firm by continually prioritizing the importance of strong client service.  In 2002, Jim Angell and Tim Clark joined the team.  Jim has brought to VBA his knowledge in the areas of taxation and small business accounting/consulting while Tim has provided expertise in audit and assurance services, succession planning, strategic and tax planning.  Sharon Allen joined VBA in 2004 and has added a wealth of knowledge in the areas of closely held business and individual taxation and currently serves as managing partner.   In 2007, Jessica Baldwin joined the firm providing her expertise in small business accounting, individual and closely held business taxation planning and compliance.   Steve Johnson joined VBA in 2016 bringing in his proficiency in audit & assurances services, accounting and business consulting & tax services.  Today, Tim, Sharon, Jessica and Steve are shareholders and all share the same value of providing excellent and unmatched services to each and every client.

Currently, VBA has 15 full-time staff members, and we all share the same vision and belief in the foundational principles established nearly 40 years ago by John Vander Ploeg.  We have been quite successful too. Most of our growth has been achieved through our loyal clients who have referred their family, friends, and business associates to us.  Our unrelenting commitment to providing each client with consistent, reliable, and professional service has proven to be what separates us from other firms.  Simply give us a call or reach out to us through email and see for yourself.



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