Southwest Michigan businesses and professionals were recognized by the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce at the annual Business Recognition Breakfast on February 9, 2017. Among them was Kruggel Lawton Senior Manager Alex Schaeffer, CPA, who received the Young Business Leader of the Year Award. Alex was surprised by the honor but it came as no surprise to those who know and work with him.
Alex is a talented, highly-respected and professional leader in the community. As a CPA and senior manager at Kruggel Lawton's St. Joseph, Mich., office (formerly Schaffer & Layher), he exhibits integrity, excellence and service to his clients, colleagues and others in his daily life. Alex leverages his knowledge, experience and skills to serve, teach and develop others who rely on his accounting and business expertise.
Alex is a recognized thought leader at Kruggel Lawton on audit and accounting issues for Michigan public school districts and municipal government entities. The services that Alex and his co-workers provide help residents and taxpayers understand and rely on the financial statements of their local public entities. Alex is steadfastly committed to the area, having grown up locally and graduated from Lakeshore High School. After receiving bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from Western Michigan University, he returned home to build his career.
Prior to college Alex spent some time as a manager at Schu’s Grill and Bar in St. Joseph, Mich., and worked at Santaniello’s Glenlord Restaurant and Pizzeria. In a story published by The Herald-Palladium, he revealed that he almost went to culinary school. However, it was his dad – another accountant – who got him interested in the world of auditing.
“Cooking has become more of a hobby for me,” Alex said. “I work with a lot of people and really enjoy that about my job. I love to meet with the people. I mean, taxes are great, but talking to people is better. I’m more social than the normal accountant.”
Alex lives in St. Joseph, Mich., and has an extensive network of family, friends, clients and professional associates throughout the area. His leadership also includes serving as board treasurer for the Southwestern Michigan Humane Society and as board secretary for the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Congratulations on this well deserved award, Alex!