Zach Gates, Andy Zajicek graduate from West Des Moines Leadership Academy

WEST DES MOINES, July 9, 2018 – Zach Gates, CPA, Audit Manager, and Andy Zajicek, CPA, Tax Manager, were among the 2018 graduates of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy. The Academy was created by the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce to positively influence the future of the city and the Greater Des Moines community through strategic leadership development.

The nine-month program offers a three-tiered approach to leadership skills training focused on Leading Self, Leading Others and Leading Community. It works to develop and enhance the leadership skills of participants, educate them regarding issues facing the community and stimulate increased leadership throughout the community. Each class is comprised of participants representing a cross-section of the community.

Mr. Gates serves clients in our audit and assurance practice and has significant experience in the real estate, construction and manufacturing industries. He also specializes in low-income housing tax credit projects, various other tax credit projects, nonprofits and employee benefit plans. He received his Bachelors in Finance from Iowa State University and Bachelors in Accounting from Upper Iowa University.

Mr. Zajicek focuses on tax compliance and consulting, with an emphasis on mid- to large-size companies. He provides expertise on business structure and organization, as well as international experience through his work with private equity firms, hedge funds and institutional investors pursuing global strategies. Andy holds CPA licenses in both Iowa and Minnesota. He received his BBA in Accounting in 2009 and his M.Ac in 2010, both from the University of Iowa.

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