Westlake, OH Accounting Firm | About Us Page | Furrer & Associates, Inc.

Furrer & Associates, Inc. is dedicated to being the best full service CPA firm in Northeastern Ohio. In over 16 years of operating, we have earned a reputation for our expertise, diligence, and integrity because we understand that businesses need a competent and reliable financial advocate.  We can handle your tax preparation and prepare accurate financial statements but our real strength lies in our ability to stand with you as you grow your business and to be a trusted partner as you make the financial decisions necessary for your success.

We would be happy to discuss how we can work together.

Call us at 440-899-7116to set up an appointment today!

Steve Furrer, CPA, ABV

Steve is the owner of Furrer & Associates, Inc. and has operated a successful accounting practice in Westlake for over 20 years. In October 2011, he acquired a second firm based out of Avon Lake. Over the summer of 2013, the two firms officially merged at the Westlake location. Steve earned his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in 1986 and his Bachelors of Science from Indiana University in 1980. Steve advises clients in a variety of areas including business valuation, financing assistance and advanced tax and corporate structure issues. Before founding Furrer & Associates in 2003, he was the managing partner of its predecessor accounting firm for 10 years. Prior to that, he was employed for over 10 years by National City Corporation in various lending and credit areas and by Deloitte Haskins and Main Hurdman CPAs both "big five" CPA firms. He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Ohio Society of CPAs and holds the Accreditation in Business Valuation (ABV). Steve resides in Avon Lake with his wife and three children. He is an active community member with his involvement in various coaching and church responsibilities.

Duke Schork, CPA

Duke earned his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University (OH) in 1994. He graduated with a double major in accountancy and finance. He joined Furrer & Associates in 2009, and has over 20 years of experience in public accounting. In that time, Duke has worked with a wide range of clients in a variety of industries, primarily small business clients, from manufacturing and distribution to personal services to family partnerships and trusts, handling all of their needs from financial reporting to tax planning and preparation. In addition, he has experience in individual taxation, with an emphasis on tax planning. Duke is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and currently resides in North Olmsted.

Sandra J. Gump, CPA

Sandy graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1983 with a Bachelor's degree in accounting. She joined Furrer & Associates in November 2014 and has 20 years of experience in the public accounting field. Sandy has worked with a wide variety of small businesses, assisting with Quickbooks, preparing the business tax returns, payroll taxes, sales tax and commercial activity tax filings and financial statements. She also has experience in individual tax preparation. Sandy lives in Westlake with her husband and children. She is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs and an active member of her local church.

Jessica Apathy, Staff Accountant

Jessica earned her Bachelor's degree from Hiram College in 2013 with a major in accounting. She has been working in public accounting her entire career, and joined Furrer & Associates in 2017. She has worked on a wide variety of clients and industries, focusing mainly on small business clients and assisting with all of their needs such as tax planning and preparation, financial statement preparation, QuickBooks assistance and day to day accounting. Jessica resides in Westlake, OH and enjoys spending time with her dog, being outdoors and baking.

Larry Gilbert, CPA - Of Counsel

Larry graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and studied accountancy and finance in the Cleveland State University MBA program. He joined Furrer & Associates as an Of Counsel associate after over 30 years of ownership and management of public accounting practices. Larry has spent his career serving closely held businesses, non-profit organizations and private individuals with their tax, accounting and financial reporting requirements. He is now focusing his services on accounting and tax consulting to business owners and individuals. Larry is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and resides with his wife Jean in Rocky River where they are active in community service, volunteering and church activities.

Todd Volcansek, Staff Accountant

Todd is responsible for managing business client's tax and function accounting. This includes tax planning and data monitoring of financial transactions, payroll preparation, filing of annual corporate tax returns, and generation of financial statements. As a Certified Quickbooks Professional Advisor, he conducts Quickbooks training and assists clients in troubleshooting their Quickbooks files. Todd has over 16 years of experience in the accounting industry. He was previously enlisted in the United States Navy working as an engineer in the nuclear power field. Todd and his wife have two sons and a daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family and participating in any sport related activities, especially golf.

Julie Ifft, Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor

Julie graduated from Penn State University in 1995 with a degree in accounting.  As a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, she helps clients effectively use QuickBooks so they can focus on running their business. Her experience in corporate accounting and treasury management allows her to relate to the day-to-day detail bookkeepers face.  Julie joined the firm in 2006 and resides in Bay Village with her husband and two children.

Molly Varga, Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor

Molly Varga is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. She assists clients with file set up as well as working with business owners and bookkeepers to run QuickBooks efficiently. Molly joined the firm in 2005 and currently lives in Avon Lake with her husband and two children.

Anita Hurd, Staff Accountant/Bookkeeper

Anita joined the firm in June 2017 as a staff accountant and provides bookkeeping assistance to clients. Anita has over 25 years' experience working with small business owners providing accounting and HR assistance. Anita resides in North Olmsted and enjoys spending time with her daughter and grandson, cooking and riding her horse.

Nicole Camera, Administrator

Nicole joined the firm in January of 2011 as the Lead Administrator. She deals with a wide range of building and administrative responsibilities and works to maintain an organized and efficient front office. Nicole is a graduate of Virginia Marti College of Art & Design and has worked in an office environment for over 15 years. Nicole and her husband are residents of Amherst and enjoy working on their home and spending time with their daughter.

Meghan Cummings, Administrator

Meghan joined the firm in June 2013. She is in charge of accounts payable for the firm and assists with all administrative responsibilities which helps keep the front office running smoothly. Previously, Meghan worked for another accounting firm and as a retail manager. She truly enjoys interacting with clients and prides herself on developing strong client relationships through personalized service. Meghan and her husband reside in Lakewood and enjoy spending time together creating artwork. In her free time, Meghan is fond of antiquing, flea markets, being outdoors, photography, nature and creating custom jewelry.