Schenck Business Solutions: Names Chief Information/Technology Officer
1/22/2004

Contact:
William D. Goodman, CPA, President, (800) 236-2246

James Tarala to Focus on Firm's Technology Strategy

APPLETON, WI - Schenck Business Solutions today announced that James S. Tarala, CCA, MCP, has been named as the first Chief Information/Technology Officer of the organization. Tarala, a shareholder of Schenck, will also continue as chairperson of the firm's internal technology committee.

"Jim has more than 15 years of technology-related consulting experience, and has assisted numerous clients in proactively using technology to grow their businesses and prepare for the future," said Bill Goodman, Schenck Business Solutions president. "I have asked Jim to help transform Schenck into a firm which utilizes technology and business information efficiently and strategically in order to help drive future growth and profitability."

In this new role, Tarala will be responsible for all facets of technology within the firm at both the operational and strategic levels. In the CIO aspect of the role, these duties will include ensuring that technology planning and resources directly support the firm's overall strategic business plan, working with unit managing partners to plan for technology needs within their departments, and managing the firm's internal IT function. In addition, CTO components of his duties will involve working with Schenck clients to ensure that Schenck, as a whole, has the proper technologies in place to best serve their needs.

Tarala has been with Schenck since 2000, when Business Data Systems and Schenck merged. In 1992, Tarala had co-founded BDS, an information technology firm that offered its clients a sophisticated array of services in accounting, distribution and manufacturing information systems. Tarala is also an instructor for the Executive Education department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.

About Schenck Business Solutions

Schenck Business Solutions is a full-service regional accounting and consulting firm with nearly 600 employees serving business and individual clients through its 12 locations in Wisconsin. As one of the largest Wisconsin-based CPA firms in the state and the 25th largest in the U.S., Schenck Business Solutions provides a full range of services including accounting, tax, payroll, business consulting, information technology, retirement planning, investment, insurance, and human resource solutions for today's business, government and personal challenges.




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