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About Us

About Our Firm

For years, Byler, Wolfe, Lutsch & Kampfer CPAs, Inc. has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. BWLK is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose BWLK receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Alfred S. Fricano, CPA

asfcpa@comcast.net

Alfred founded A.S. Fricano & Co. CPAs in 1971, after graduating from Youngstown State University in 1964 with a major in accounting and a minor in economics. In 2011, he reduced his role in the firm, but remains active in what is now Byler, Wolfe, Lutsch & Kampfer CPAs, Inc.

PRACTICE AREAS

In addition to tax preparation and tax compliance, for individuals, businesses, corporation and trusts, Alfred focuses on complex tax law, tax consulting, gift and estate planning, business valuations, and consults on business sales and purchases transitioning, and litigation support.

COMMUNITY

Alfred is very active in the community as part of several boards of directors and service organizations, including:

Current:

Member, Ohio Society of CPAs

Member, American Institute of CPAs

Member, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts

Board member, East Liverpool City’s Community Improvement Corporation

Past:

Committee member, Republican Party Precinct

Treasurer, Columbiana County Republican Party

Board member and Past President, East Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

Finance Committee Member, St. Aloysius Parish

Member and Past President, Kiwanis

Board member and Chairman, East Liverpool City Hospital board

Member, Columbiana County Board of Elections

Member, East Liverpool Schools Financial Supervisory Committee

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

East Liverpool Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998

Completed business valuation requirements and became a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts in 1996

Daniel D. Wolfe, CPA

dwolfe@bwlkcpa.com 330-385-2160

Dan originally joined the practice in 1973 while completing his college career. He left the practice in 1988 to take a position as VP and CFO in manufacturing. He returned to the practice in 2010 when the firm was renamed Byler, Wolfe, Lutsch and Kampfer, Inc. Dan graduated from Robert Morris University in 1978 and became a CPA in 1981.

PRACTICE AREAS

Dan works in the firm’s East Liverpool office. His specialty areas are taxation and business consultation. He also works as a consultant at the individual level in the area of financial planning.

COMMUNITY

Dan is a lifelong resident of East Liverpool and is very active in the community as part of several boards of directors and service organizations, including:

Current:

Trustee/Chair Facilities Committee, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester N.Y.

Board member, Southern Columbiana County Chamber of Commerce

Board member, Columbiana County Memorial Park Association

Member, Calcutta Rotary

Leadership Board, First Free Methodist Church, East Liverpool

Past:

President, Southern Columbiana County Chamber of Commerce

Chairman, Tri-State Federal Credit Union

President, Calcutta Rotary

Vice President, St. Clair Township Chamber of Commerce

Vice Chairman, MEG committee Pittsburgh Conference Free Methodist Church Board Member, YMCA

Advisory Board Member, Ohio Valley Home Health Services

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Passed the CPA exam in 1981

Passed Series 65 exam – registered investment adviser

Denny L. Kampfer, CPA

dkampfer@bwlkcpa.com 330-385-2160

Denny joined the firm in 1989 after earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University. He was admitted as a principal in 2002.

PRACTICE AREAS

Denny has directed and shared client responsibility for various types of business and individuals, as well as not-for-profit entities, providing accounting, tax and consulting services.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Certificate of Educational Achievement, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Tax Planning and Advising for Closely-Held Businesses

Eugene “Gene” Byler, CPA

gbyler@bwlkcpa.com 330-332-4646

Gene joined the firm in 1984 after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University. He was admitted as a principal in 1991.

PRACTICE AREAS

Gene is responsible for the firm's taxation divison, overseeing the preparation procedures of the tax practice. He has direct and shared client responsibility for various types of businesses and individuals, as well as not-for-profit entities, providing accounting, tax and consulting services.

Gene’s accounting experience spans a broad range of services, and he specializes in working with agricultural clients. He holds a Certificate of Educational Achievement from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Tax Planning and Advising for Closely-Held Businesses.

COMMUNITY

Gene is a current resident of Greenford and very active in the community as part of several boards of directors and service organizations, including:

Current:

Board member, Paradise Church

Member and past board member, Salem Kiwanis Club

Boy Scout Committee member, Troop 80 of South Range Local Schools

Past:

President, Salem Kiwanis Club

President and board member, Neighborhood Ministries, Inc.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Passed the CPA exam in 1991

Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

30-year member of the National Association of Tax Professional

Richard Lutsch, CPA

rlutsch@bwlkcpa.com 330-332-4646

Rick joined the firm in 1988 after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kent State University, and spending two years with a large regional firm. He was admitted as a principal in 1991.

PRACTICE AREAS

Rick is responsible for the firm's accounting and financial reporting practice, overseeing the preparation of compiled and reviewed financial statements. He has direct and shared client responsibility for various types of businesses and individuals, as well as not-for-profit entities, providing accounting, tax and consulting services.

Rick also heads up special client engagements known as "agreed upon procedures," which are tailored to meet the specific needs of certain clients.

COMMUNITY

Rick is a current resident of Salem and very active in the community as part of several boards of directors and service organizations, including:

Current:

Board member, Kent State University - Salem Campus

Board member, Salem Salvation Army

Committee member, Salem Ambassadors Club and Legislative Affairs Committee (SACOC)

Member and past board member, Salem Rotary Club

Member, Columbiana County Audit Committee

Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 2 of Salem

Past:

President, Salem Lions Club

Treasurer, President and board member, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce

Treasurer, board member, One Step Forward, Inc.

Chair, Legislative Affairs Committee, SACOC

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Obtained CPA license in 1991

Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Foundation

Laurie Chaffee

lchaffee@bwlkcpa.com 330-332-4646

Laurie joined the firm in 1990 after obtaining her bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in Business from Youngstown State University.

PRACTICE AREAS

Laurie is responsible for work in both the firm's accounting and financial reporting practice, and business, individual and payroll taxes. She has direct and shared client responsibility for various types of businesses and individuals, as well as not-for-profit entities. She provides accounting, tax and consulting services.

She is also a Certified QuickBooks Consultant in both Online and Desktop versions of QuickBooks.

COMMUNITY

Laurie is a current resident of Salem and active in the community as part of several boards of directors and service organizations, including:

Current:

Treasurer, Rotary Club of Salem, Ohio

Past:

Board member, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce

Treasurer, YWCA of Salem

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Obtained CPA license in 1997

Member, Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Stacey Smith

ssmith@bwlkcpa.com 330-332-4646

Stacey started at BWLK in 2001 as a secretary and discovered an aptitude and interest in accounting. She is a graduate of the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.

PRACTICE AREAS

She is experienced in payroll preparation and compliance, individual and business tax return preparation, and accounting procedures. Stacey is also responsible for accounting and work paper completion, as well as various general office duties as needed.

COMMUNITY

Stacey resides in Alliance where she was born and raised.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Passed the Registered Tax Return Preparer test in 2012

Member, Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants