Dave L. Stende, CPA

Managing Partner/CEO

Dave L. Stende

Client service is our first priority. I find it very rewarding coming to work each day to do my part in helping the firm continue to grow and be successful on behalf of our clients.


Eide Bailly is fortunate to have many highly qualified, incredibly talented and deeply experienced partners throughout the organization, but every great team has one boss leading the way. Dave became the firm’s Managing Partner and CEO in 2013 after holding several key leadership positions, including COO, Partner-in-Charge and Audit Practice Leader.

As CEO, Dave is responsible for carrying out the policies and objectives adopted by the firm's Board of Directors (and being the Guinea pig who gets called on first during every fun HR ice breaker). He oversees the management and profitability of the firm and is responsible for implementing and monitoring actions to achieve the firm's strategic and long-range plans. Dave also monitors industry and business developments to determine their relevance to the firm and its market leadership position.



  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – Major Firms Group; Government Technical Standards Subcommittee (Past Member); Government Finance Officers Association Special Review Committee (Past Member)
  • North Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants


  • Certified Public Accountant


  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Accounting – University of North Dakota, Grand Forks


Community Involvement

  • United Way – Tocqueville Society and Majors Division
  • Fargo Marathon – Board of Directors