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Cole Gavlas, PC Announces Promotion of Jason Martin to Partner

Cole Gavlas, PC is thrilled to announce that Jason Martin, CPA, has been promoted to Partner. 

“Jason’s vision and strong commitment to serving our clients make him an ideal candidate for Partner,” said Dan Gavlas, Partner of Cole Gavlas. “I am confident in his abilities and look forward to our future success as a result of his influence.” 

Martin joined Cole Gavlas in 2016. In his most recent role as Senior Business Advisor, he was responsible for being a trusted advisor for his clients, as well as the accounting services manager. As Partner, he will continue to work collaboratively with his clients to ensure that their financial goals are met and exceeded. 

“Jason has worked hard to gain the experience and depth of knowledge needed for this promotion,” said Jeff Cole, Partner of Cole Gavlas. “His dedication to our firm is unwavering and we look forward to seeing him in this leadership role.” 

Jason attended Northwood University, where he graduated with honors and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. He is a football alumnus of the school, having won 2 conference titles as the starting quarterback and Scholar Athlete of the Year (2000) for NCAA Division II. Today, Jason is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Michigan Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), and the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). In addition to these associations, Jason serves as treasurer for the Portage Education Foundation, treasurer for Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, and is the current president of the Rudgate Ridge 2 Homeowners Association. 

“It is an honor to join my colleagues as a member of the partner group,” said Martin. “I am excited about my future at Cole Gavlas and look forward to being more involved with the firm’s strategic growth.” 

Martin grew up in Kalamazoo and graduated from Comstock High School. Today, he lives in Portage with his wife Melissa and their two children Ally (7) and Drew (4). In his free time, he enjoys bowling, softball, movies, and spending time with his family at their home.

Cole Gavlas Announces New Bookkeeper

The regional tax and advisory firm of Cole Gavlas, PC, is pleased to announce the addition of Taija Nelson to their professional team. Nelson joins the firm as a bookkeeper.  

“We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Taija,” said Jeffrey Cole, Partner. “Both her experience and attitude make her a great fit for the Cole Gavlas team, and we’re pleased to have her join us!”

Nelson is currently a student at Southern New Hampshire University, where she is in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Accounting Information Systems. She expects to graduate in October of this year. Prior to joining Cole Gavlas, she spent four years as an office manager and bookkeeper with Martin & Associates Environmental, LLC. Nelson and her husband, Stephen, currently reside in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Cole Gavlas Announces New Interns

The regional tax and advisory firm of Cole Gavlas, PC, is pleased to welcome three new interns, Felicia Ayalew, Julia Kennedy, and Candice Uhl, to their professional team. 

“It’s a pleasure to have these three joining the team for a time,” said Jeffrey Cole, Partner. “Internships are a big help to accounting firms and provide invaluable experience for those who complete them. I look forward to watching these three bright, young professionals learn and develop here with Cole Gavlas.”

Throughout her internship, Felicia will focus on tax return preparation. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kennedy is currently a student at Western Michigan University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance. She expects to graduate in 2019. Kennedy is a resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Uhl graduated from Western Michigan University in 2017, earning a Bachelor degree in Finance and Accounting. She and her husband, Zachary, currently reside in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Jeffrey Cole Participates in Local Fundraising Event

The regional tax and advisory firm of Cole Gavlas, PC, is pleased to  announce that Jeffrey Cole, Partner, will compete in Michigan’s first ever 100 Men Who Cook fundraiser.

This inaugural event is a unique fundraiser that aims to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo. Presented by Old National Bank, the event puts chef hats on nearly 100 men of influence in the community who cook signature dishes. The popularity of the dishes are judged through donations put into “tip jars” throughout the evening.

“What attracted me to this fundraiser was how unique it is,” said Jeff Cole, CPA, CSPM, CFP, Partner. “I’m excited to not only show off my culinary skills by making pork BBQ sliders, but to raise money for an excellent organization. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo provides outstanding services to our community.”

To see Jeff Cole in action, please attend the event on Saturday, August 12, 6 PM, at WMU Bernhard Center. The event will feature food, cocktails, a silent auction, and other entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at


Important Changes Effective January 1, 2017

Changes to Michigan minimum wage amounts effective January 1, 2017:

Workers 18 and older                             $8.90/hour

Workers 16 and 17 years old                   $7.57/hour

Tipped workers                                       $3.38/hour

Retirement Plan Changes for 2017:

Maximum salary deferrals:

Simple maximum contribution           $12,500

Catch-up contribution                       $  3,000


401(k), 403(b), Profit Sharing plan

Annual compensation               $270,000

Elective deferral                      $  18,000

Catch-up contributions            $    6,000


Contributions limits                                $5,500

Catch up contributions                           $1,000

AGI Deduction phase-out                       $99,000 joint return

$62,000 single or head of household

Mileage rate changes effective January 1, 2017:

Business                                                     $.535

Medical or moving                                       $.17

Charitable                                                  $.14

Cole Gavlas is more than just an accounting firm for us, they are like a partner and provide exceptional service that helps our business succeed. They push us to the next level with our finances and are always thinking outside the box. Their responsiveness, expertise, and innovative service has been a great asset to our business. They are very familiar with how our business is set up and are active in helping with our quarterly sessions and providing recommendations for making things better. I would certainly recommend them to anyone looking for more than just your average accounting firm.
Heather Isch