- Certified Public Accountant, Illinois
- Certified Valuation Analyst, National
- Certified QuickBooks Professional Advisor
- Memberships / Boards:
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member
- Illinois CPA Society, Member
- National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, Member
- Government Finance Officers Association, Member
- First National Bank of Omaha, Board Member
- Fox Valley Patriotic Organization, Treasurer
- Better Business Bureau of Chicago, Board Member
- Concordia University Chicago Foundation, Board Member
- Boy Scout Troop 46, Treasurer and Assistant Scoutmaster
- BSA Three Fires Council, Executive Board Member
- Friends of Fox Valley Youth, Treasurer
- Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Treasurer
- Illinois CPA Society Governmental Report Review Committee, Former Board Member
- Masters of Science in Taxation
- B.S., Major/Minor – Accounting/Business Administration (Dominican)
River Forest, IL
River Forest, IL
Robert T. Tighe, CPA, MST, CVA
Bob is a founding shareholder and is the Managing Principal of the firm. Bob oversees all service areas of the firm but has a primary focus in taxation, business valuation, litigations services and the construction, manufacturing, and distribution division of the firm. His area of concentration is in accounting, general business planning and tax consulting for middle-market and closely held businesses.
Prior to establishing Tighe, Kress & Orr, Bob was with Arthur Andersen LLP and RSM McGladrey in Chicago. Bob believes in maintaining close contact with each of his clients and their business. For many years, he has worked with prominent construction, manufacturing and distribution clients in the Chicago area, which has enabled him to consult on very complex issues.
Bob’s accomplishments include helping his clients’ structure new tax entities to reduce liability and reduce taxes. He has handled complex compliance and consulting areas of work to include: C corporation, S corporation, partnerships, trust, non-profit and individual type returns. He has in-depth experience with QuickBooks and Peachtree and has on many occasions acted as an internal CFO/Controller for the business he supports. Often, he has been able to “setup” a client so that they were able to do the majority of their accounting within their organization. He has also been involved in organization and liquidation of foreign and domestic companies and consulting on tax-free reorganizations, often saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax. Bob’s experience also includes conducting and overseeing numerous IRS and states audits, most of which resulted in “No Change” letters from the IRS.
Bob is a Certified Valuation Analyst with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. He performs asset and stock valuations for businesses for the following purposes: transaction (acquisition, divestiture, and reorganizations), taxation (federal income, gift, and estate), dispute resolution, and management information and planning. Bob believes that business valuations help owners understand their business in a much greater depth and, in many situations, provide opportunities to make the business more profitable and help owners with succession plans.
Bob is very involved in the community and uses his expertise in non-for-profit accounting and auditing to provide volunteer services to a local youth organization where he serves as the Treasurer. In that role and previous roles, he has been very involved in all financial decisions of multi-million-dollar organizations and consults regularly on budgetary and long-term planning issues. He has many years of governmental and non-for-profit audit experience and when he ran the firms audit department he was involved with over 45 audits annually. Bob has taught the MBA Financial Accounting course at Concordia University Chicago, the MSA Taxation course at Dominican University and is a former member of the Illinois CPA Societies Governmental Report Review Board.
Knowing his clients as individuals and their goals as business owners has enabled Bob the ability to help clients minimize their taxes and optimize profits. Bob prides himself with “listening” to the clients’ needs so that he can really provide the best possible solutions to their business needs. Bob attributes his success to open dialogue, frequent communication, and understanding the benefits of teamwork and goal setting.
Away from the office, Bob enjoys scouting, coaching, golfing & fishing, vacationing and spending time with his family. Bob was an officer in the Army reserves for close to 10 years and has served in Iraq. He resides in Elgin with his wife, Chrissy, and their children, Johnny and Margaret.