Professional Funeral Alliance, Inc. (PFA) was formed in October of 2011 to provide accounting, tax planning and preparation, financial analysis, business valuation, succession & estate planning and other consulting services to the funeral industry.
PFA is a 100 percent employee-owned company with more than 160-plus combined years of funeral service experience providing personal service and developing close relationships with trusted clients throughout the United States. We will be using the most technologically advanced software to provide cutting-edge products and services. When you contact our office, you will be talking with an owner who cares about the needs and desires of the ‘Independent Funeral Director'.
Tom Flynn, CPA/ABV, CFP - President
Tom comes to PFA with nearly twenty-one (21) years of experience with Federal Funeral Directors of America, a national accounting, tax and consulting firm in the funeral industry. For the majority of his tenure he was Manager of the Advanced Planning Department. His responsibilities included overseeing the preparation of Business Valuations, Succession & Estate Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate, Partnership, Individual, Estate & Gift Tax Planning & Preparation and other Advanced Financial Planning & Consulting Engagements. He has been responsible for more than 1,000 business valuations, 600 business succession plans and 200 estate planning engagements.
Tom also spent seven years (7) with Gerald L. Kuhn & Associates, CPAs where his responsibilities included Individual, Partnership, Corporate and Pension Income Tax Preparation & Planning and Preparation of Audited, Reviewed and Compiled Financial Statements. Tom has a BS in Business - Accountancy Degree from Eastern Illinois University. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1987, a Certified Financial Planner since 1994, and has been Accredited in Business Valuation since 2005. Tom is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Illinois CPA Society and the AICPA Business Valuation Section.
Dan Garner - Funeral Service Consultant/Vice President
Dan is a goal-oriented funeral entrepreneur with 20+ year record of achievement and demonstrated success in the funeral industry. He has owned multiple funeral homes and has worked with Funeral Professionals for the last 7 years to help them improve funeral home performance, profits, and achieve their goals. He has a Mortuary Science Degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and has been a Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Life Insurance agent.
Jeff Burris - Tax & Accounting Manager
Jeff has worked with Funeral Professionals, giving more than 30 years to the funeral industry. Jeff started his career as an intern at Federated Funeral Directors of America in Springfield, IL as a tax preparer, working his way up to an Executive Accountant. He is dedicated to assisting his clients maximize profit, minimize tax, and achieve their goals. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Springfield and is an Enrolled Agent. As an Enrolled Agent, he is recognized to practice before the IRS.
Brian Voights - Tax & Accounting Manager
For more than 19 years, Brian has prepared individual and business income tax returns, along with other business tax filings and financial statements for Funeral Homes and Cemeteries. He holds an associate’s degree in Accountancy from Midstate College and is an Enrolled Agent licensed to practice before the IRS.
Ryan Nowakowski - Payroll & Operations Manager
Ryan began his professional career in the funeral industry in 2008 after graduating from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville with an accounting degree. Since then he has shown himself to be very versatile in his many roles. After starting out as a staff accountant he moved towards Advanced Planning and was more specifically involved in business valuations for independent funeral homes. From there he moved on to take over the role of Payroll & Operations Manager at Professional Funeral Alliance. He is involved in the development of the many technological advances the firm has adopted which also includes a cutting edge payroll service.
Bob Jamison, CPA - Secretary/Treasurer
Bob is a CPA who began working in taxation in 1995 and with clients in the funeral industry exclusively since 1999. He holds a Master’s Degree in Taxation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a graduate of Millikin University (Decatur, IL). Prior to becoming a CPA, he broadcast professional baseball for twenty years, including twelve years with the Nashville Sounds (Nashville, TN) and 2 years with the California Angels. In addition, he did the TV broadcasts Vanderbilt University basketball and football for five years.
Sandy Harris - Tax & Accounting Associate
Sandy joined PFA in November, 2012 as an Assistant Tax and Accounting Manager. She comes to PFA with 11 years experience in business management where she was instrumental in building a successful community childcare center. Her experience includes working with financial statements, budgets, and tax reporting as well as being liaison to government agencies. Sandy’s education includes an emphasis in accounting from Richland Community College.
Lisa Benanti - Tax & Accounting Associate
Lisa is a seasoned tax and accounting professional with over eight years of experience. For the last six years, she has worked exclusively in the funeral industry providing monthly accounting work and yearly tax preparation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from the University of Illinois.
Kacy Shanahan - Tax & Accounting Associate
Kacy is a recent graduate from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Accountancy. While in college Kacy had two accounting internships at Memorial Health Systems and Insight CPA and Financial LLC. While at Memorial she prepared financial statements, helped analyze profits, as well as worked in the accounts receivable department. She helped investigate and document accounting fraud while at Insight CPA and Financial LLC. Kacy is currently in the process of getting her certification to be a CPA.
Brad Johnson - Tax & Accounting Associate
Carol Bedtka - Office Administrator & Assistant Payroll Processor
As Administrative Assistant, Carol provides day-to-day staff support to the PFA organization. She also has become a key member of our newly developed payroll department. Prior to joining PFA, Carol held positions in Customer Service, Bookkeeping, and Human Resource Administration. She has a degree in Organization Leadership from Greenville College.
Erin Gillock - Administrative Assistant