Michele Himes, CPA, CGMA

About Michele

In her role as shareholder and director, Michele manages and directs client projects, including Sarbanes-Oxley, outsourced accounting, and various other business consulting projects.  She is a highly efficient CPA with over 25 years of experience in audit and accounting. 

Michele began her career at Deloitte & Touche in its Columbus, Ohio office.  She performed audits of large and small organizations, including SEC and privately held companies across several industries. After leaving public accounting, Michele's roles included accounting manager, SEC financial reporting manager, and controller. 

At Kaiser Consulting, Michele’s experience in audit and accounting has enabled her to consult with organizations on best practices related to internal controls, benchmarking, budgeting, forecasting, and process improvement. Her diverse clientele has given her experience tackling many different technical accounting issues, financial reporting requirements, and industry-specific issues. 

As a Director of Client Service, Michele enjoys building relationships with our clients and Kaiser Consulting team members.  She provides engagement support and has an active role in our firm’s recruiting, training, and development initiatives.

Michele has spoken on Sarbanes-Oxley Auditing for an MBA class at The Ohio State University,  Reporting and Risk Analysis for the OSCPA Strategic Summit, and Personal Finance for the OSCPA ASCEND program.  She has also presented at several Kaiser Consulting in-firm and outsourced accounting training sessions.

Michele is known for her calm demeanor and ability to collaborate to solve problems.  She joined Kaiser Consulting in 2008, and her relationship skills and work ethic make her a valued member of the Kaiser Consulting team.

Michele Himes

Michele Himes
Shareholder + Director of Client Service


Industry Experience

Automotive, Manufacturing, Nonprofit, Property Management, Real Estate, Software


Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans, Masters Degree, Pastoral Studies
  • The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting, magna cum laude

Certifications

  • CPA – Certified Public Accountant – Ohio
  • CGMA – Chartered Global Management Accountant

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

On a Lighter Note

Who is someone you admire or an interesting person you have met, and why?
Rachel Muha, founder of The Run the Race Club in Columbus, Ohio, is an interesting person and someone that I admire.  Her story is one you won’t forget about, and her example of forgiveness and action through tireless service has inspired me since the first time I heard her speak. 

Is there a favorite dish you make that people rave over?
Once a year at Easter, I make an Italian Easter Pizza (“Shadone”).  The recipe is from my husband’s Grandma Flo.  Our family uses three types of meat and four kinds of cheese.  It is made like a pie with bread for the crust.  Everyone loves it, so it does not last long, and then we wait another year for more!

Where is an interesting place you have visited or an incredible view you have seen?
Ashtabula County, Ohio, has 19 covered bridges.  My husband and I visited all 19 on a motorcycle.  My favorite view is from rounding a curve in the road to see the Smolen-Gulf Bridge, the longest in the US at 613 feet.