Topel Forman Hires Bernie Lietz as Chief Operating Officer

Bernie_Lietz-Topel-Forman.jpgCHICAGO, IL (January 25, 2019) — Topel Forman has hired Bernie Lietz as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Topel Forman, Lietz served as a COO and Firm Administrator at two of the largest local CPA firms in the Chicago area where he was involved with high-level strategy and process implementation. As COO, he will assume day-to-day responsibility for numerous core business functions within the firm including human resources, IT, marketing, business development, facilities, administration and finance.

Topel Forman Managing Partner John Riley said the firm and partners are thrilled to bring an experienced COO like Lietz on board. “The addition of Bernie to our team will enable our partners to transition significant operational responsibilities to him and dedicate more time to serving clients and developing staff. Further, we also expect that the COO role will help to elevate our long-term strategic planning approach. Bernie will be a great addition to our growing and talented group of people at Topel Forman.”

Lietz commented that “Topel Forman was a great fit as the partners spend an above average amount of time on the operations of the firm, and are ready to turn over these responsibilities so they can focus on clients and staff. This is a natural step for them to turn over the operational reins to help get the firm to the next level.”

Bernie will be based in the Chicago office and travel to the Denver office on a regular basis as needed to support its growth and development.

Topel Forman L.L.C. was founded in 1961 and is a third-generation firm consisting of 9 partners and nearly 90 professional staff and support team members. As a full-service accounting firm, Topel Forman offers audit, tax and various consulting services, with offices in Chicago and Denver. The firm is also a member of Moore Stephens North America, an association of 40 member firms in North America. To learn more visit: or follow on Twitter: @TopelFormanLLC.