Kruggel Lawton announces the appointment of Adam Schwelnus, CPA, CGMA and Scott Dawson, CPA, as directors in the firm’s Client Accounting Services (CAS) practice. Together, the two are responsible for managing and leading all outsourced accounting initiatives, building infrastructure to support the client base, and standardizing processes within the division. Additionally, Schwelnus provides consulting services to many of the firm’s nonprofit and service organizations, while Dawson is focused on clients in the manufacturing sector.
“Over the last six decades, we have effectively served as the accounting department for numerous businesses in a variety of industries,” said Barry Hall, CPA, CGMA, managing partner of Kruggel Lawton. “Adam and Scott bring CFO-level experience and insights to add even greater value to clients. This enables us to not only meet accounting, reporting and tax compliance needs, but also provide peace of mind and helpful business guidance to owners and executives.”
Schwelnus first joined Kruggel Lawton in 2006 as a staff accountant and over the next seven years was promoted to manager, primarily focused on audit work. From 2013-2017 Schwelnus served as vice president/CFO at LOGAN Community Resources, Inc., one of Indiana’s leading providers of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He returned to the firm in 2018 as a senior manager to help lead CAS. Schwelnus has a B.A. in Accounting from Judson University, Elgin, Ill., and an M.S. in Accounting from Indiana University, South Bend. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Indiana CPA Society, and holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation.
Before joining Kruggel Lawton in December 2019, Dawson served as chief financial officer for Vickers Engineering, a world-class advanced manufacturing and automation company based in southwest Michigan. His prior career experience also includes several years of audit and advisory experience in CPA firms with an international presence, as well as CFO experience in technology and manufacturing companies. Dawson is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Financial Executives International, Michiana Chapter; Renaissance Executive Forums; Industry 4.0 Consortium; and Federal Ecosystems Development, Inc. He has an MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Master’s in Accountancy from Michigan State University, Lansing, and a B.S. in Accountancy from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisc.