Steve DeBruyn

Steve DeBruyn


Bachelor of science in accounting from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, May 1982




Steve DeBruyn is the Chief Practice Officer (CPO) of the Eastern Midwest region of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA) and has been with CLA for more than 28 of his 36 years in public accounting. In his current position as CPO, Steve leads the Eastern Midwest Region, including offices in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Western Pennsylvania. The Region accounts for approximately $175 million in revenue, 20 locations and more than 850 employees.  Steve is also currently the managing principal of the Chicago market (Rockford, Oakbrook, Chicago and Schererville, IN).  

Steve has spent the majority of his career in an office or regional geographic leadership role in addition to leading industry groups.  As the CPO, Steve is responsible for the operations and growth of the practice.  Steve is also part of CLA's executive management team which is responsible for developing and executing strategies for the almost $1 billion organization.  Steve is also part of the evaluation committee that determines compensation and ownership opportunities in CLA.

In practice, Steve has significant knowledge serving closely held businesses primarily in the construction, manufacturing, and distribution industries. He has assisted clients with accounting, tax and business consulting services, cash flow improvements, ownership and succession planning, financial statement analysis and benchmarking, and corporate financing alternatives. Steve also consults with closely-held businesses and individuals on tax matters.

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In the community

  • Certified Public Accountant in state of Illinois
  • American institute of certified public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Past civic involvment includes 11 years on multi site hospital board, numerous nonprofit organizations and involved in local fund raising efforts.