The E&A Difference

The E&A difference is the commitment and value we bring to every engagement by focusing on client relationships, not one-dimensional transactions. Clients often comment on E&A’s “personal and passionate professionalism.” Simply put: character matters!

The E&A CFO Group’s team members are talented generalists, who have chosen to specialize in ERC. By combining these talents and utilizing our network of allied professional services firms, E&A meets changing service needs, such as COVID-19 relief and ERC situations. Because we’re proud of and enjoy working with our clients, we enthusiastically help you achieve your goals.

Knowledge and insight are intangible products—and what we provide to clients. We know we must share that knowledge with you in meaningful and useful ways to have value. The E&A team continually looks for ways to deliver that knowledge and insight and to learn from clients by providing frequent opportunities for feedback.

Additional Team Members

E&A carefully selects team members for optimum value and impact. Team members have held positions inside companies (financial services, technology, manufacturing, construction, and educational institutions) and, therefore, have experience on your side of the desk.

When workloads and/or specific client engagements make it wise, we supplement our permanent staff through long-standing relationships with senior interim accounting specialists and accounting interns from local universities.

E&A’s capabilities have also proven useful to CPA accounting firms who turn to us for our expertise and ability to work side-by-side with them. They frequently refer clients on ERC matters. Plus, team members speak to and are published authors on business issues for the public and other members of the profession, as well as serving as adjunct faculty at several local universities and colleges.

Meet Our Team

E&A carefully recruits outstanding team members, develops their sense of personal responsibility to keep expanding their expertise, and encourages entrepreneurial thinking. That provides resources focused on providing creative solutions to enhance your success, instead of just being skilled technicians. That approach has produced a loyal and effective team.

All of E&A’s current team came to us from personal referrals. Over the last 25+ years, the average tenure of E&A’s non-seasonal associates has been >10 years. Clients appreciate that stability, and it results in team members who are experienced business people and accountants well versed in accounting, auditing, tax and management issues that all businesses need.

Our team is committed to providing high-quality, high-value, professional services to clients.

Joe Eckelkamp

Joseph T. Eckelkamp, CPA (inactive)

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Joe is founder of E&A and has over 40 years of diverse financial experience.

Joe has over 40 years of diverse financial experience. He founded E&A in 1996 after having served as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, or Controller at several companies, including financial institutions, a data services company, and a technology company. Joe started his career with a “Big 4” CPA firm.

Joe is accomplished in financial advisory “Rent-A-CFO℠” services, interim management, revenue enhancement and cost reduction, taxation, and operations, as well as having global business experience. He gained valuable knowledge of human resources, strategic planning, and acquisition issues, including post-acquisition integration, during his time in industry. Helping businesses adapt and improvise while they are restructuring and/or in acquisition/divestiture transactions is a major part of his role at E&A.

Joe earned BSBA and MBA degrees from St. Louis University and attended executive education programs at Harvard. His awards include the Missouri CEO of the Year in 2016, SBA Accountant Advocate for Small Business Award for a four state region, and the prestigious Mercantile Bancorporation Inc. Chairman’s Award. He’s also been named an Unsung Hero and one of the 100 People in St. Louis to Know and Succeed by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly.

He has served on numerous boards of directors, including non-profit organizations and a financial institution. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Chaminade College Preparatory School. Joe has been a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs as well as served as Chairman of the MSCPA’s Business Consulting Services Committee and as a member of the AICPA’s Tax Practice Improvement Committee. He has authored numerous articles, both for general audiences and for the profession, and speaks regularly on business topics. Joe has been quoted in numerous publications, including Fortune and professional publications. He served for many years as an adjunct accounting professor for St. Louis University and several other local colleges and universities.

Jim Allison

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Jennifer Endsley

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Jenn has worked as a permanent, seasonal professional for many years and is a key part of E&A’s service delivery team.

Christina Mauer

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Chrissy serves as the point of contact for all client facing communications.

Chrissy joined The E&A CFO Group at the beginning of 2021. Chrissy serves an integral role at E&A by serving as the point of contact for all client facing communications and providing technical and logistical support wherever it is necessary.

Prior to joining E&A , Chrissy managed a successful small business where her focus was on building trust with the clients and forming a relationship that allowed her to better serve their needs.

She graduated from UMSL with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and has an extensive background in client services.

Tomi Akin-Deko

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Tomi handles client’s accounting, bookkeeping and tax needs, as well as specializing in expatriate taxation.

Tomi joined E&A in 2018 after she graduated as an international student from Maryville University magna cum laude, with a degree in accounting and minor in cybersecurity. Before joining E&A full-time, she had internships with a commercial bank and a large local CPA firm, gaining experience in auditing and tax preparation.

She is involved in handling client’s accounting services, bookkeeping services and tax needs. Tomi is proficient in Microsoft applications and QuickBooks and makes expatriate returns an area of specialization.