Ben Borgers, CPA, CVA, Managing Partner
Phone: (303) 953-1454 ext. 110
Ben is a CPA with over 15 years experience in public accounting. Ben has two degrees from Texas A & M University. One is in Information Technology (IT) and the other is in Accounting. He began his career as a database administrator for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service managing several web enabled databases covering employees and support personnel in 254 different counties in Texas. Ben developed and maintained the databases and the web portal for these and also worked for an IT consulting company on weekends doing general IT and database consulting. This gave him a solid background in IT and Database systems and allows him the ability to understand complicated information systems and IT internal controls.
Upon completion of his Accounting degree he began his Accounting career with Grant Thornton LLP and spent five months doing forensic accounting and SEC reporting and financial restatement for HealthSouth in Birmingham, Alabama. This involved locating fraudulent data and restating the financial statements using individual financial data from over 1,400 locations across the US. The Financial statements were restated and consolidated at the corporate level covering all facilities for five years, some of which were reported quarterly. Ben was able to partially automate this process using his IT background and accounting knowledge by developing excel macros and several SQL programs to obtain data from database files and word files and put it in accounting formats by month and consolidate these up to the corporate level resulting in excel financials by facility by quarter. Upon completion of this automation Ben became a team leader and began training employees joining the project. Upon Ben’s team’s completion Ben returned to the Denver office of Grant Thornton and performed audits for public companies, private companies, governmental entities, non profits and did Sox 404 Engagements, IT governance and IT Sox testing.
Ben left Grant Thornton to go to a large regional firm in Denver and while there managed public company audits, private company audits and nonprofit audits. Ben also developed, planned and managed the firm’s first successful SAS 70 engagement (now SSAE 16 engagements) and continued to manage and refine the process for these engagements going forward and created a framework for the firm to perform these audits and managed this process. Ben also did Sox 404 consulting, implementation and Audit testing for several clients as well as IT Consulting. While here. Ben worked with clients in the areas of Manufacturing and Distribution, Mining, Energy (including oil and gas, solar and natural gas), Broker-Dealers, Construction, Information and Communications, Real estate, Healthcare, Biomedical Sciences, Telecommunications and retail. Ben also traveled to multiple locations in Canada, the US and South America for several different public and private mining clients.
Ben then left this firm to start his own public accounting firm. He began by specializing in taxation but quickly expanded to private audits, valuation (he holds a Certified Valuation License from NACVA), litigation and eventually back to PCAOB audits.
In his free time Ben enjoys Jeeping in his CJ-7 that he built from scratch, horseback riding, backpacking, fishing, camping, hunting, sailing, hiking and spending time with his wife and three children.
Brian Rusywick, CPA, Audit Director
Brian Rusywick is an accounting and finance professional with in-depth experience in start-ups, emerging companies, and operating companies in all aspects of accounting, finance, and management in Canada and the U.S. He has assisted these companies with developing and implementing their strategic plan and financial models. Brian’s experience spans a wide range of industries including health care, distribution, retail, technology, real estate, professional/business service.
Brian has years of experience advising and consulting with development stage to mid-market companies completing going public transactions (Form A-1, Form S-1, and reverse takeover transactions) and secondary public offerings for companies that maintain their core operations in Canada and the United States of America. Prior to this, Brian has ten years of experience as a Managing Member for correspondent real estate lending company that operated several warehouse lines of credit with Flagstar Bank and Wells Fargo. Brian has served as a corporate accountant for a North American Logistics Company and an Optical Technology Company.
Brian is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in California and has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Simon Fraser University, Canada.