• Small Business Person of the Year Award

    2019 Small Business Person of the Year, John Kirsch

    John Kirsch is a Hamilton native who received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from Miami University. He has the distinction of receiving the highest score in the state of Ohio, and one of the highest scores in the country on the CPA examination.

    In 1991, John founded Kirsch CPA Group.  The company has grown from a one-person firm to an organization with 3 partners and a team of 37 talented individuals who have a passion for helping small and medium enterprises, both for profit and non-profit, achieve success. Under John's leadership, the Firm has been recognized for 13 consecutive years as one of the largest CPA firms in the Cincinnati/Dayton metro area.  The firm was recognized by the national industry leading publication, Inside Public Accounting, as one of the 10 best managed CPA firms in the nation in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and was just notified that it received this honor again in 2019.  It was also recognized in 2015 and 2017 as one of the Best Places to Work in Cincinnati and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as one of the Best Places to Work in Ohio.

    Kirsch CPA Group has two office locations - Hamilton and Oxford. A little over a year ago, the firm moved its headquarters from Fairfield to the 4th & 5th floors of the Kirsch Building in downtown Hamilton to accommodate the growth it has had and continues to experience.

    The firm has had great success under John's leadership because he has created a culture that focuses on the team and the clients, while promoting a work-life balance. For the clients, this means that every day the firm strives to provide world class service by listening to their needs and partnering with them to proactively find creative and innovative ways to solve challenging problems or take advantage of promising opportunities. The Firm's team culture promotes a mutual commitment to high achievement, to embrace change and innovation, to challenge the status quo, to commit to constant improvement and learning, and to be positive.  A major component of the Firm's culture, molded under John's leadership, is a work­ life balance. That has come to mean the following:

    • Gratitude- be thankful for what we have and the success we have achieved together
    • Give back to our families and our communities
    • Have fun and enjoy the journey!


    Every day, John comes to the office ready to have fun and enjoy the journey.  He is driven by optimism and passion to help the firm’s clients and team, but it does not stop there.  A big part of the Firm's culture is giving back to the community.  Throughout his career, John has demonstrated his dedication to serving the community.   He has been involved in and worked with many not-for-profit organizations including charitable foundations, educational institutions, health care facilities, social service organizations and economic development organizations.  Currently John is serving on the boards of Badin High School, Hamilton Community Foundation, Community First Solutions, Access Business Finance, Hamilton Community Authority and the Liberty Community Authority.

    John also supports the non-profit community by encouraging the Kirsch team to get involved in a wide variety of capacities for many different organizations.    He encourages the Firm's "Fun Committee" to organize team volunteer activities. Some of which have included wrapping Christmas presents for residents of a local children's home and hosting a Christmas party for children who attend a local community center.

    John and his wife, Kim have four adult children including two Doctors of Physical Therapy, an aerospace engineer and a recently announced PhD candidate.  Off the clock, John is on the go with Kim visiting the children. He can be found backpacking on trails throughout the eastern US and enjoying time with friends.


    Past Recipients:

    2018 - Kym McCaughey
    2017 - Sara Vallandingham
    2016 - Eric Pohlman
    2015 - Sherry Armstead
    2014 - Jane Johnson
    2013 - Mindy Mueller
    2012 - George F. Schmidt
    2011 – Dennis & Robin Kurlas
    2010 - Sanders Family
    2009 - Edward D. Larkin
    2008 - Jeff Pohlman
    2007 - Bob Robinson, Sr.
    2006 - Bill Boehm
    2005 - H. Wayne Ferguson
    2004 - Craig Wilks
    2003 - Dave Lippert
    2002 - Mel “Moody” Baker
    2001 - Paul & Joellyn Goos
    2000 - Karen Underwood Kramer & Gayl Underwood
    1999 - Peter A. Towne
    1998 - Frank Pfirman
    1997 - Neil Cohen, Henry Sester & Ron Smith
    1987 - Bob Lippert
    1986 - Harold McMullen
    1985 - Bill Wilks
    1984 - Jay & Carolyn Antenen
    1983 - Jack Horn
    1982 - Joe Williams

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