Born and raised in southeast Iowa, Ethan worked in a family-owned community bank through high school and later as an internal auditor at a privately held $750 million bank through a merger of equals resulting in a publicly traded bank with more than $1.4 billion in assets prior to joining a top 5 public accounting firm as a risk advisory consultant.
Despite spending his career in the financial industry, Ethan also has an Associates of Applied Science in Computer Programming from Indian Hills Community College to accompany a Bachelors in Finance and Banking from Buena Vista University. The additional education in programming provided a strong foundation in understanding and documenting processes in a logical and efficient manner.
From growing up in a small midwestern town, working on a local factory floor, occasionally bailing hay to working in a family-owned community bank all the way through managing the north central risk advisory team of a top five public accounting firm Ethan has always found that success comes from not just a job well done but building relationships that allow him to understand why there is even a job that needs done. Learning early in his career that to remain relevant you must remain curious in execution and in education, Ethan strives complete continuing education regularly in areas relevant to industry now and in the future.
Ethan’s process, risk and control career began at a $750 million privately held community bank at the time. With little professional experience in internal audit Ethan was tasked with researching audits listed in the audit plan and developing from scratch internal audit programs to execute the internal audit program. From there the bank underwent a merger of equals ultimately creating an approximately $1.4 billion publicly traded institution with a requirement to be SOX compliant in less than 18 months.
Despite increasing responsibility and a well defined career path, Ethan’s desire to learn and experience more drove him to move from industry to public accounting as a risk consultant. Within a month as a risk advisory consultant Ethan was performing work on his own as a project in-charge. During his time consulting he has working on projects ranging from fully outsourced internal audit, FDICIA and SOX to special one-time process improvement or gap analysis. Managing a team of ten consultants with approximately 30 clients including banks and credit unions between $50 million and $5 billion, trust companies, insurance companies, school systems and healthcare Ethan has experience in process, risk and controls that translates to multiple industries and any level.
Prior to leaving his manager position Ethan was the main resource for internal audit and risk advisory solutions for financial institutions and trust services in the northern half of the central region. While leaving the position was difficult, he found that he was getting too far from the businesses and the people that he enjoyed.
The only globally recognized internal audit certification, the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) certification communicates that the holder has the knowledge, skills, and competencies to effectively carry out professional responsibilities for any internal audit, anywhere in the world.
The Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist™ (CFIRS™) designation communicates that the holder has thorough knowledge of trust audit, compliance and risk management techniques and topics.
The Certified Financial Services Auditor® (CFSA®) is a specialty certification for audit professionals working in banking institutions, thrift/savings and loan organizations, credit unions, insurance companies, security and commodity services, holding and investment companies, credit agencies, financial services regulatory agencies, and other financial services organizations.