Welcome to CJBS

Founded in 1987, CJBS is one of the leading accounting and consulting firms in the Chicago area. We like to think that’s because our friendly, collaborative, and creative team works hand in hand with our clients to ensure their financial success, today and tomorrow.

At CJBS, our members have different backgrounds but a common goal:
to help your business thrive. Get to know them!

Jeffrey Stuart
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Jeffrey Stuart, CPA
Lorena Johnson-Engelman
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Lorena Johnson-Engelman, CPA
Andrew Lotts
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Andrew Lotts, CPA, CGMA
Matthew Bergman
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Matthew Bergman, CPA,
Ryan Guedel
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Ryan Guedel, CPA
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Meet Our Team Members

Our purpose

CJBS understands your business is unique, so we always customize our accounting, auditing, tax, and financial consulting services just for you. Right from the start, we identify both your short-term and long-term goals and assemble the perfect team for you. By getting to know your business inside and out then working as an extension of your team, we’re able to create strategic and practical solutions that meet your changing needs — and boost your bottom line.

Our approach

Specializing in closely held businesses, entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals, and not-for-profit organizations, CJBS is the perfect partner if you’re looking for a long-term advisory firm. In fact, most of our clients have been with us an average of 15 years. The reason? We listen, we get to know you and reach a point where we can offer you focused personal advice. Our view is that any accountant can tell you what you did last year. Where you really receive added value is through holistic and proactive consulting support that is forward thinking, so that you can reach – and exceed – your business goals.

Our vision

We’re proud of our over 30 years of service as a community partner and trusted advisor to our clients. And as our firm continues to grow, we are committed to building on our reputation for integrity, service, and innovation — along with tailored business solutions and technological expertise — to best serve you.

Our Core Values



Clients can rely on the CJBS team to not only do our jobs well but to be responsive and available when you need us. As a trusted and dependable partner, we’re able to help you plan for financial success at every turn.



We work closely with our clients as trusted advisors, helping you meet your goals and streamline your business. And our diverse, collaborative team is available to all our clients, so we’re ready to tackle any challenge.



Innovative, out-of-the-box thinking sets CJBS apart from the competition. Our team consistently delivers fresh insights and ideas that help our clients not only address any problems but also avoid potential pitfalls.