Walt Smith

Cabinet Member

Walter D. Smith has been a CPA for over 40 years. He is licensed in Wisconsin and Illinois. Walt began his professional career in 1960 with a national CPA firm head quartered in Chicago.

Subsequently, he worked throughout the world as CFO, Chief Accounting Officer or General Manager of several manufacturing and service companies. In 1983, he founded his own CPA firm in Baraboo, Wisconsin. In November 2004, Smith merged his firm with Wegner LLP to form Smith Wegner, CPAs & Consultants which is located in Baraboo.

As a multi-office firm owner and practicing generalist (by preference), Smith’s career has included:

  • Tax planning and preparation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Management advisory services
  • Turnarounds
  • Corporate financing
  • Tax workouts
  • More (with over 40 years of broad experience, you touch lots of bases)

Walt attended Bryant & Stratton College and the Walton School of Commerce from which he graduated with a degree in accounting. He has been an ad hoc faculty member of the UW School of Business for over 15 years. He is a member of the National Speakers Association of Wisconsin and Vice President of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners. He serves on several city, charitable, service organization and corporate boards. His prominence in the profession has long been noted by inclusion in “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry” and other “Who’s Who” publications.

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