Andy brings nearly 15 years of professional service and corporate controllership experience serving clients across various industries and ownership structures prior to joining Vrakas as a shareholder in 2022.
At Vrakas, Andy serves as Managing Director at our Chicago office and is responsible for growing our Midwest client base while developing the team of professionals dedicated to exceptional client service. Additionally, Andy specializes in audit, review, compilation and accounting advisory services primarily with privately held, for-profit companies, including family, private equity and ESOP-owned companies, across a variety of industries.
Throughout Andy’s professional service career, he has consistently led with his client service philosophy of being a highly valued and responsive financial professional, proactive in identifying issues or opportunities and collaborative in driving practical solutions that serve his clients’ best interest for the long term. His client service experiences have included supporting clients through periods of organizational change, capital restructuring and other significant business and market adjustments that required him to adapt his services to their evolving needs.
In addition to Andy’s professional service experience, he served as a Controller for a private-equity portfolio company where his responsibilities included building an accounting and finance department, developing business processes, banking relationships and structure, due diligence and integration of acquisitions and creating management reporting that drove more informed and strategic decision making. These experiences have given Andy the ability to put himself in his clients’ shoes to effectively develop practical solutions for their various challenges.
Andy has a passion for our people first culture and learning from each opportunity to continually improve our client service. He attributes his success to his ability to grow strong relationships coupled with his strong work ethic, commitment to providing an exceptional experience to his clients and fostering the strengths within his teams.
Andy attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison and currently resides in Mokena, Illinois with his wife and three kids. Outside of work Andy enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors with his family, particularly at his family lake house in northern Wisconsin.