Blake E. Crow, CPA

Partner

Blake E. Crow

My passion for this industry lies in creating value for clients. So often, accounting, particularly taxes, is thought of as a check-the-box type item or a necessary evil. I get the most satisfaction when I can show my client that instead of being a necessary evil, accurate and strategic accounting practices are actually valuable tools that uncover opportunities for them to achieve their overall business goals.

OVERVIEW

Blake has been with Eide Bailly since 2008 and specializes in providing tax planning and tax compliance services to financial institutions. He serves on the firm's Financial Institution Services Group Tax Committee and Research and Technical Sub-Committee, where he stays up-to-date on all the latest regulatory changes and industry trends. His work includes preparing regulatory applications and accompanying forecasted financial statements for financial institutions and bank holding companies.

Competent, accurate and timely work are the minimum expectations clients should have for any service provider. When you work with Blake, however, you can expect a level of service that far exceeds that bare minimum. He prides himself on delivering a high level of client service that is based on not only returning emails and phone calls promptly, but always having his clients' needs in mind, even when their taxes may be the last thing on their minds.

When he's away from work, Blake enjoys putting on some work pants and safety goggles and swinging a hammer. He loves to build, fix, make, break and fix again as a contrast to the more intangible work he does Monday through Friday. He's finished two basements, reconfigured (down to the frame) two Harley Davidsons and completed more woodworking and remodeling projects around his own house than a woodpecker does in a lifetime.

QUALIFICATIONS

Memberships

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants

Designations/Licensures

  • Certified Public Accountant

Education

  • Masters of Business Taxation - University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Science, Accounting – Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Graduate School of Banking at Colorado
  • Dakota School of Banking

KNOWLEDGE

Client Work

  • Provided tax planning and tax compliance services to financial institutions.
  • Consulted financial institutions and their shareholders on S corporation conversions and S corporation planning issues.
  • Assisted bank holding companies and financial institutions with regulatory filings, including FR Y-9C, FR Y-9LP and FR Y-9SP reports.
  • Performed loan file inspection engagements and agreed-upon procedures engagements.

COMMUNITY

Community Involvement

  • Embrace Church – Set up crew and First Impressions volunteer
  • Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network