The Cole Gavlas PC Firm Partners
Get to know the partners of Cole Gavlas.
Jeff is a graduate of Michigan State University and has been a CPA since 1983.
He holds certifications in everything that is important to business people including Certified Strategic Performance Measurement (CSPM), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified in Tri-Metrix Analysis (no acronym provided for this one.)
He is also trusted with the treasury by groups, having served as treasurer for organizations like the Kalamazoo County Alumni of Michigan State University and the Kalamazoo County YMCA.
Jeff is a member of Southridge Reformed Church, and a member of the Park Club Historical Foundation. He's been married for over 30 years to his High School sweetheart, Cathy Jo Cole (Wendt). They have two children, Lauren A. Mulder (married to Jacob Mulder), and Spencer A. Cole.
Jeff regularly helps businesses create and achieve their strategic objectives. Ask him why his DISC profile advises you to "not use gimmicks" when communicating with him.
Daniel J. Gavlas
Dan Gavlas has been a partner with Cole Gavlas since January 1, 2001 and a CPA for almost 20 years. When Dan started in accounting, Enron was a successful company and no one had heard of a Blackberry that wasn't edible.
His experience spans all phases of accounting, tax consulting, and general business advisory services for medium and small businesses and individuals. He is especially knowledgable about the real estate industry, manufacturing, construction, and medical.
Dan graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Ask Dan what it means that his DISC profile lists him as a "Supporting Coordinator."
Jason M. Martin
Senior Business Advisor Jason Martin works with Cole Gavlas’ individual tax, non-profits, partnership, and corporate clients. He is a QuickBooks consultant, helping many organizations and non-profits set up their chart of accounts and other aspects of their accounting, and in many cases serves as a virtual CFO, helping finance directors close the books each month and prepare financial statements for their boards.
Jason is a 2002 graduate of Northwood University, where he was starting quarterback for two-times conference champion Timberwolves football team. Keeping sports all in the family, Jason married Melissa, the starting point guard on the Timberwolves’ women’s basketball team.
Jason is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of CPAs. He serves on the board of the Portage Education Foundation, is treasurer for his church, and is a member of the board of his homeowners’ association.
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.