Exceptional clients deserve exceptional talent.
We empower our clients to enjoy their entrepreneurial journey. Our ‘secret sauce’ is the team of passionate people dedicated to helping them grow and achieve financial freedom.
What we do here isn’t limited to what happens inside the office. Not your average public accounting firm, we put a heavy emphasis on work-life balance and contributing to our community. Team members who are able to prioritize their lives outside of work are happy and energized to bring their best selves to our clients.
Meet the team.
CPA & OWNER
A CPA since 1994, Glenn is the Owner of Harper & Company CPAs Plus, an entrepreneur, public speaker, and co-host on the podcast Empowering Entrepreneurs.
Glenn decided in 2017 to expand the firm beyond the traditional tax compliance focus to a firm committed to delivering advisory and consulting services to the clients they serve. At his core, Glenn loves to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them understand and manage their tax, accounting, and business strategies. As an entrepreneur himself, Glenn believes every entrepreneur deserves to enjoy the journey. He is passionate about teaching other entrepreneurs how to build financial and operational excellence into their businesses and scale to create the lifestyle they love.
Glenn was named to Accounting Today’s 2022 MP Elite as one of the top 10 Managing Partners in the country, and his firm, Harper & Company CPAs Plus, was the 2021 winner of the prestigious Luca Award.
Outside of work, Glenn is a devoted Buckeyes fan and loves golfing, fishing, hiking, cooking, and spending time with his three children- Austin, Riley, and Megan.
B.S. Business Administration – Accounting – The Ohio State University
Paul joined the firm in August 2017. Paul has more than 15 years of experience as a CPA in public accounting and trust tax preparation. Paul has served small businesses, individuals, trusts, estates, and not-for-profit clients. He enjoys and is dedicated to helping his business and individual clients solve complex tax issues. Paul has been married for 15 years to his wife, Dana, and they have has a daughter, 13, and son, 10. Their daughter plays the French horn in middle school while their son plays travel baseball and basketball throughout Central Ohio.
B.A. Accounting – Bowling Green State University
Becky Bodemann joined Harper & Company in 2013. Becky brings over 43 years of experience to our team. She excels in both the tax preparation an accounting arena. Her strive to make the clients experience as stress free as possible and seeing relief on the client’s face is what makes the challenges worth it. Becky enjoys being a part time retiree and spending her extra time with her husband of 43 years. When she isn’t at the office she loves spending time with her grandson or traveling to Florida to spend time with her father.
B.S. – Business Administration – Accounting – Franklin University and a CPA certificate.
Jim joined the firm in January 2020 and brings over 20 years of experience in both income tax and financial statement preparation. Jim has established a solid reputation and high levels of trust with many small businesses, individuals, and not-for-profit clients through his consultative approach around how best to navigate the ever-changing tax landscape. Jim enjoys building relationships and helping every client feel confident that their tax situation is being carefully managed and reviewed to ensure maximum return on their investment in his services.
Jim is an Ohio guy through and through having lived in Columbus his entire life. You will find him making the most of summertime as his favorite hobbies are all outdoors and related to water. Once fall hits, he will be cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes and dreading the winter as he must put all his water toys into storage. Jim and his fiancé Christine reside in Dublin and as his son Tyler, and her three daughters, have now all flown the nest, Jim and Christine will finally find time to tie the knot!
David’s love for working directly with small businesses to impact their financial health brought him into public accounting, and it is what motivates him every day. Growing up on a dairy farm in Ohio gave David the opportunity to experience how important it is for businesses to have sound financial and accounting practices, no matter the industry.
An Ohio State sports fan all around, David is also a huge fan of the Cleveland Guardians. His memory of going to cheer them on in the 2016 World Series is bittersweet, however, as it didn’t result in a win for Cleveland. But, the experience was one he’ll never forget. David also enjoys nutrition and fitness. We’re pretty sure his cardio routine includes keeping up with his Boxer puppy, Francis.
Julie has over 30 years of business experience in both the corporate and small business arenas. She enjoys engaging with clients and strives to help them with any questions they may have regarding their account.
Julie and her husband Leland live in Dublin with their dog Miller and have 2 kids who have flown the nest. She enjoys watching a good hockey game or going to a horse show.
BS – Accounting & Finance – Ohio State University
Austen has been a part of the Harper and Company team for nearly three years. Like any young professional living in the heart of the Midwest, Austen enjoys a good craft beer from any one of the many microbreweries in the Columbus area. Austen is an opportunist for adventure; whether it’s rock climbing at Red River Gorge, skiing at Snow Shoe Mountain, or hiking through the forests of Oregon. In the office, Austen is never afraid of a challenge and enjoys working with the clients and local business owners that play such a prominent role in his favorite city.
B.S. in Economics – Franklin University
Chris joined the firm in 2019 as an intern and started full time after graduation in 2021. Chris enjoys learning, problem solving, and helping clients. He plans to have his CPA sometime in 2022. Chris has lived in Columbus his whole life and loves watching the Buckeyes win. You may find Chris spend time with friends at a local bar and drink a nice cold one. In his free time, he watches TV and plays video games.
Chris likes to vacation anywhere with warm weather and a beach. He plans to vacation to Europe in the future.
B.S. Business Administration – Accounting, Business Analytics, and Prelaw – Ohio University
Luke joined Harper & Company CPAs Plus as an Accountant in Charge in November of 2022. Luke brings a 13 year military background with experience in accounting, financial analysis, and cybertechnology. After the military, Luke moved into the world of public accounting focusing on financial analysis and business advisory work. He loves nothing more than rolling up his sleeves to help business owners build financial, accounting, and tax strategies to grow. Being raised on a farm the oldest of 4 siblings, Luke is a firm believer that farmers and small businesses are the backbone of this country.
The light of Luke’s life is his one year old “little dude” born in October 2021. An Ohio guy through and through, he loves his Buckeyes, baseball, rugby, rodeos, country concerts, and bourbon. And, don’t be surprised if your conversations with Luke include quotes from some of his favorite movies!
Julie Smith, MBA, is the Practice Manager for Harper & Company CPAs Plus, an entrepreneur, and co-host of the podcast Empowering Entrepreneurs. Julie joined the firm in November of 2013 and brings a strategic approach to running the practice.
Empowering others to develop into their best professional selves is her passion. Her superpower is teaching leaders how to get out of their own way so they can successfully execute change, build positive cultures, and move their businesses forward. With expertise in the business of public accounting, Julie also speaks nationwide and enjoys inspiring others in the profession to take action, evolve, and grow.
Julie was named CPA.com’s 2021 Innovative Practitioner of Year, and she was honored to accept the Luca Award on behalf of the firm from Thomson Reuters, also in 2021.
Julie has 2 beautiful daughters, Ella and Avery, that she enjoys spending time with in addition to traveling, sporting events, and running.
B.S. Business Administration – Ashland University
MBA Franklin University
Heather has been with the firm since January 2016. Heather is likely to be one of the first interactions you’ll encounter at Harper & Company. Her work ethic and attention to detail are a vital part of our day to day operations. Heather is multi-faceted and handles a lot of our client communication. Heather is an avid outdoorsman and loves to stay active from yoga to kayaking and everything in between. She enjoys traveling with her daughter. Heather is working towards her B.S. Business Administration – Accounting.
Amanda joined the firm in May 2021. Amanda has over 12 years of administrative experience working in the accounting field. She is organized and detail-oriented, which are necessary skills for her role in continuing the firm’s paperless aspiration.
Amanda enjoys being a cat mom and playing video games with her boyfriend Josh. When not in the office, you will find her shopping and enjoying local cuisine.
A.A.S. Office Administration and Accounting – Shawnee State University
Ashley is the newest member of our Team here at Harper and Co. Ashley has more than 10 years of Executive Assistant experience.
She’s also never one to pass up a challenge. It is safe to say Ashley loves the new challenges each day brings.
While outside of the office, Ashley is just as fast paced ‘trying’ to keep up with her many nieces and nephew in state and out of. Originally from Wisconsin, still Wisconsin at heart… Which obviously means she is a fan of any cheese and most cold brews.
Gi is happy to be back in Columbus after recently moving from Annapolis, MD to spend more time with family. In addition to enjoying time with her 3 children and 4 grandchildren, she also loves golf, reading, cooking, gardening, and of course…the Buckeyes!