Patricia (Patti) S. Ketchmark graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Science, cum laude in May, 1981. While at Millikin she served as President and Vice President of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and was treasurer of her Delta Delta Delta sorority. Patricia also completed a winter internship with Kemper CPA at the Tuscola office with Jack Wetzel in January 1980.
After graduation, Patti began her career Wermer Rogers & Maher in Joliet, IL as a staff accountant and passed all sections of the CPA exam by August, 1982. In September 1982, Patti & her husband moved to Decatur, IL and she joined Murray, Jennings & Jones CPA firm as a staff accountant.
In May 1983, Patti and her husband moved to Sullivan, IL to take over her father’s sporting goods store. While in Sullivan, Patti served on various marketing committees and was appointed Vice President & President of the Sullivan Chamber of Commerce. Patti joined the staff of West & Company and worked part-time during tax season preparing tax returns for over 14 years.
After 30 years of running a business, Patti and her husband decided to sell their business and move closer to their children in Urbana, IL. In January 2013, she joined the staff of Bray, Drake, Liles & Richardson as a staff accountant and became a senior accountant prior to the merger with Kemper CPA Group.
Patti helped with tax software conversion problems and conducted tax meetings with clients, reviewed tax returns and helped with billing during the merger process. Patti helped develop additional tax procedures for the Champaign office too. In November 2016, Patricia was promoted to ta manager and completed the Faurote Leadership program. Patti currently is in charge of marketing for the Champaign Office and is the representative for Rainmakers and serves on the Construction and Real Estate growth team. Patti is also currently mentoring two staff members.
Patti has many years of tax experience with small businesses, commercial and residential rentals including like kine exchanges, farmers, individuals, trust and estate tax returns.