Owner Profile

Raymond A. Koeth, CPA


Mr. Koeth is the founder and Managing Member of Koeth & Associates LLC. He has over 23 years of professional services experience, working in a diverse range of industries and roles. He is a Certified Public Accountant, certified in the state of Ohio.

Mr. Koeth is a graduate of the University of Dayton, with a B.S. in Accounting. He began his career with Ernst & Young, LLP in Cleveland working as an Auditor. His client base consisted of manufacturing, not-for-profit and financial services companies.

Mr. Koeth subsequently joined a rapidly growing technology firm in Cleveland, named Realogic, Inc. He joined as a Senior Accountant and soon developed into the International Controller for the firm, as the company expanded into Europe and Australia. He spent time as an expatriate overseeing the setup of these new offices, developing the accounting and human resource systems, and maintaining the financial statements. Remaining with Realogic, he broadened his skills by joining the packaged software implementation team. This new role comprised of learning the Oracle Financials Suite of software, while working with client Finance departments to install, setup, and customize the software to work within the organization. This role also involved business process reengineering, as the implementation projects offered an opportunity to assess the efficiency of the current operations.

Mr. Koeth remained in the technology field, but expanded his skills into website and software design and development. He served as a Functional Analyst, acting as the liaison between the field experts and the technical design team. This required interviewing the field experts to ascertain an understanding of the functional requirements, documenting these functional requirements, and passing these requirements to the technical team. In his last project, he assisted in the design of the Genomics Knowledge Platform for Acero, Inc. He worked closely with bioinformaticians and scientists to design software that allowed for graphical viewing of the human genome. Unfortunately, this small startup company could not meet its cashflow requirements and disbanded before completion of the project.

Subsequently, Mr. Koeth founded North Coast Professional Services LLC (NCPS). NCPS acquired the rights to operate four Liberty Tax Service franchises in Northeast Ohio. Liberty Tax Service is a professional services firm, concentrating on individual and small business income tax preparation. Liberty Tax Service distinguishes itself by providing outstanding customer service and professional expertise and is recognized as the fastest growing tax preparation company ever. Within three years, Mr. Koeth grew NCPS to three stores, serving over 1,000 clients per year and managing over 25 employees during tax season. In 2007, Mr. Koeth sold substantially all of this company in order to concentrate on his own public accounting practice.

During the growth of NCPS, Mr. Koeth founded Koeth & Associates LLC. Mr. Koeth's vision was to bridge the gap that exists for high quality, professional accounting service to small business owners. Koeth & Associates provides bookkeeping, full service payroll processing, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, cash management and ad-hoc business consulting. Koeth & Associates also provides income tax preparation for Corporations, Partnerships, Nonprofits and Individuals.

Mr. Koeth is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Ohio, License #37045

Mr. Koeth is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, recognized since 2004

Mr. Koeth is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

Associate Profile

John R. Barndt

Mr. Barndt is a Senior Manager with Koeth & Associates LLC. He has over 25 years of professional services experience, working in a diverse range of industries and roles. He is a graduate of the Florida State University, with a double-major Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance.

Mr. Barndt began his career at FSU under the Comptroller's division working in the accounts payable office while concurrently completing the coursework for his degrees. He then joined the Law offices of Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold in San Francisco. SDMA is an international law firm with over 300 attorneys specializing in insurance litigation. He initially managed the accounts payable department at the home office.Within two years, he was promoted to Senior Accountant, responsible for all financial reporting for all of the worldwide offices. His duties also included the role as the main contact for the annual financial audit performed by Deloitte & Touche.

In 1995, Mr. Barndt relocated back to his hometown of Cleveland for his first venture as an entrepreneur. He worked as an independent contractor for a variety of clients that included, The Cleveland Clinic, KeyBank Corp. and the Cleveland Museum of Art. With The Cleveland Clinic, he assisted the Education division with their internal books. In his role with KeyBank, he was the main contact with outside branches in the Great Lakes region during their annual budgeting process. Additionally, he had a tech support role that ensured the information was being transmitted to corporate in the correct format and manner. With the Cleveland Museum of Art, he helped prepare the Museum for their annual audit with Ernst & Young.

Upon completion of the above duties, Mr. Barndt relocated back to California to become the Accounting Manager for Management Solutions, Inc. MSI is a recruiting firm specializing in the recruitment and placement of accounting and finance professionals into various hi-tech, manufacturing, and service companies in the Bay Area, with an emphasis in Silicon Valley. He managed a staff of five who supported the home office in San Jose, along with several outside offices in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He coordinated the entire budgeting and forecasting process to enable MSI to double in size through acquisitions in less than two years. His due diligence efforts paved the way for the eventual acquisition of MSI by TMP Worldwide, the corporate parent of Monster.com.

Mr. Barndt subsequently moved into the technology field as the Controller of DigitalSquare, Inc. a start-up software company in Scotts Valley, California. He was responsible for creating the financial infrastructure of this startup; including implementation of their accounting software, Solomon IV, introducing internal policies and procedures relating to the finance and human resource departments and developing relationships with the bankers and external CPA, PricewaterhouseCoopers. His efforts allowed DigitalSquare to grow to 75 employees without having to add any support staff in the Finance department. During the downturn in the hi-tech market, DigitalSquare was forced to reduce staffing and cut the majority of its operations. He and the CFO oversaw the downsizing of the company and an eventual transfer of the intellectual property to a third party.

Mr. Barndt joined Koeth & Associates in 2004 to service small businesses as a shared Controller. He focuses primarily on client write-up work and financial reporting, servicing over a dozen clients on a regular basis. He utilizes his extensive background of managing accounting personnel and accounting processes to streamline his client's operations and to ensure that the client is receiving accurate, timely information. He will work according to the client's requirements, ranging from providing services one full day/week to as little as providing quarterly reviews. Mr. Barndt also prepares individual tax returns and provides fully outsourced payroll services.