Accounting and business advisory firm Apple Growth Partners has announced an expansion to its Illinois operations, with professionals now practicing in Chicago.
The launch of the Chicago office acts as the firm’s inaugural extension outside of its Northeastern Ohio base.
Dirk Ahlbeck, tax principal and AGP’s national restaurant practice lead, has been appointed to lead the Chicago team.
Providing over 20 years of public accounting experience to the role, Ahlbeck specializes in servicing restaurants, but also has knowledge of the distribution, construction, and professionals in the service sectors.
Chuck Mullen, chairman at the group, said: “What we discovered during the onset of the pandemic, especially among restaurant owners, was the urgency of services outside of our standard accounting and tax expertise.
“Our firm was revolutionary in developing immediate tools and resources for business owners to operate during the ongoing changes in order not just to keep their business afloat, but even expand through M&As.”
He added: “Our firm knew we needed a leader in the restaurant accounting industry, and that was Dirk.
“And as a result of our firm transitioning to a remote workforce, we determined the best course was to expand into Illinois and keep Dirk in the Chicago area. This is a very exciting development for our firm.”