Firm Management

LLG Leadership Team

Bill Finestone

CA, CPA, Managing Partner

Bill Finestone offers poignant, honest, business advice to clients based on more than 20 years of accounting and tax experience in the U.S., United Kingdom and Israel. His international experience benefits clients with global vision.

As managing partner of LLG, Bill’s aim is fostering value-added relationships. “We understand the narrative behind the numbers,” says Bill. He enjoys working with privately-held clients. “At the helm are decision makers who are creating wealth. It is a positive influence going both ways.”

Bill is one of the keepers of the firm’s innovative culture that has been recognized in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine and the Accounting Today Magazine. He nurtures professionalism, creativity, openness and flexibility. You won’t find doors or walls surrounding his desk or a suit in his closet.

Credentials & Affiliations

Bill joined LLG in 1989, was made partner in 1993 and became managing partner in 1999. Bill is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) where he received the “Elijah Watt Sells Award with High Distinction,” the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, the Illinois CPA Society, and the Association of Chartered Accountants in the U.S.

Growing up in Glasgow, Scotland, he earned a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the esteemed University of Glasgow. He worked as an accountant in the United Kingdom and later in Israel before moving to Chicago.

Advice

Stay Organized

Standout Memory

Bill once worked inside a
refrigerated truck counting
carcasses for inventory at a meat packing company.

Interests

Bill is an avid soccer fan who watches the games from Glasgow with members of the Celtic Supporters Club of Chicago. If there’s no soccer game, you will likely find Bill on the courts, enjoying playing in a tennis tournament or league. He is married with four children.

Contact

  • William H. Finestone
  • 847-205-5452
  • 847-508-3871

Anton Hendler

CA, CPA, Partner, Executive Committee Member

As a partner at LLG, Anton Hendler works one-on-one with the owners and managers of privately held firms. He enjoys the variety. One day supervising an employee benefit plan audit for a manufacturer and the next researching a complex corporate tax issue for a general contractor. Anton joined the firm in 1995 and became a partner in 2000.

Anton brings big four accounting firm experience and a global perspective to his clients. He has worked for Deloitte in South Africa where he grew up and attended the University of Cape Town. He continued working for Deloitte in Chicago before joining LLG. “My clients know their business better than I know,” says Anton. “But I am able to bring the experiences of my other clients to them. I think that’s a significant benefit.”

Credentials & Affiliations

Anton received his Bachelor of Commerce and Post-Graduate Diploma in Accountancy from the University of Cape Town. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois CPA Society and the Construction Financial Management Association.

Advice

You can only manage what you measure. Track your key performance indicators.

Standout Memory

When he came to the U.S. Anton thought he would be here for a brief adventure. More than 20 years later, he calls it home.

Interests

A former high school and college rugby player, Anton still enjoys following the sport, but has since turned his attention to golf. He married his high school sweetheart whom he met at age 14. They have two daughters.

Contact

  • Anton Hendler
  • 847-205-5430
  • 847-508-4069

Nahrain Mikhael

CPA, Partner

With over 20 years of experience, Nahrain is one of LLG’s “go to” professional for advice on tax and accounting matters. Keen on research, if she does not know the answer right away, you can be sure she knows how to research the solution. Nahrain is a detailed professional who understands the desired outcome of the client and strives to achieve it using her tax and accounting knowledge coupled with her experience, and simultaneously being a personable and practical advisor.

Nahrain started her career in the Small Business Group of a national firm where she worked closely with the owners and managers of privately held companies. In November 2019 she recognized that LLG presented the perfect environment and opportunity to continue her professional growth.

Credentials & Affiliations

Nahrain received her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she has served as a Board Member of the Business Alumni Association from 2004-2009. Currently, she is the firm’s representative for the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce and is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Illinois CPA Society.

Advice

Don’t minimize the details in tax planning.

Standout Memory

“Hard hat on and blueprints in hand, I was tasked with counting the available inventory of a residential real estate developer and confirming the sale of units during an audit. Fortunately, received positive feedback from the buyers and no police escort.”

Interests

In addition to being an avid swimmer and puzzle master, Nahrain decided to expand on her desire to prepare a gourmet meal and received her AAS in Culinary Arts. Her husband and two children enjoy the meals she prepares.

Contact

  • Nahrain Mikhael
  • 847-205-4288
  • 773-936-5729

Michael Rice

CPA, Partner

With over 15 years of experience in tax, auditing and consulting, Michael Rice is a trusted advisor to privately held businesses. Working diligently with clients on accounting and auditing, tax planning and mergers and acquisitions, he maintains a steadfast focus on value and quality within his client engagements. His diversified experience includes a wide range of financial specialties, with a focus on construction, real estate, manufacturing, distribution and hotels. He has worked one-on-one with many entrepreneurs, providing direction for new business ventures. Michael is driven by his passion for the field and his fervent desire to assist clients in addressing their most complex needs. As a dedicated member of LLG, he works to ensure the firm delivers the best it has to offer for every client.

Credentials & Affiliations

Michael received a B.S degree in Accounting from Illinois State University and completed his M.S. degree in accounting from Governors State University. He started his career in a public accounting firm, joined LLG in 2014 and advanced to partner in 2021. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois CPA Society and the Construction Financial Management Association.

Advice

There is no substitute for hard work and a disciplined focus.

 

Interests

When he is not working on his financial portfolio, Michael likes to stay active and fit through weight lifting, Muay Thai, golf, tennis, playing basketball and hiking. He is also an avid Chicago sports fan. Michael loves to travel and enjoys experiencing new cultures and meeting new people. He is married and has one dog.

Contact

  • Michael Rice
  • 847-205-5473
  • 815-603-4479

Michael Rubin

CPA, Partner

With 28 years of experience, Michael provides audit and accounting solutions to LLG’s varied corporate client base and is the firms Technical Accounting Advisor, responsible for keeping firm personnel and LLG clients up-to-date with the latest updates to the standards. He is integrally involved with assisting clients in implementing the latest in accounting standards such as revenue recognition and leases. Michael is one of the main technical reviewers of the firm’s engagements, and he also spearheads the firm’s quality control and peer review initiative and ensures that firm policies are up to date and implemented by all personnel.

Michael joined LLG in August 2010, moving to the Chicago after spending the first 16 years of his career in St. Louis, including many years in the internal audit department of a Fortune 500 company. It was a unique experience for him to see the flipside of the coin working on the private side, but it gives him the satisfaction of working with clients to help them achieve their objectives.

Credentials & Affiliations

Michael received his BS in Accounting from Washington University in St. Louis, then started his career with a local CPA firm in St. Louis, followed by an 11 year tenure at an international firm, focusing a large portion in internal audit. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.

Advice

Do not hesitate to reach out to your accountant for help.

Standout Memory

While Michael worked as an internal auditor, one assignment was an annual visit to the company’s location in Puerto Rico. It was a tough task, but someone had to do it!

Interests

Michael is a huge baseball and football fan. He grew up in Rochester, NY and remains extremely loyal to the Buffalo Bills. When he is not working, you will probably find Michael and his fiancée on a Caribbean cruise — their favorite form of vacation.

Contact

  • Michael Rubin
  • 847-205-5465
  • 773-551-2775

Rick Winer

CPA, Principal

Rick started his own firm in 1979, at the age of twenty seven with the idea that clients wanted a pragmatic, hands on approach to the processes of running their business ventures. While much has changed and evolved, he maintains that approach. Rick helps business owners understand their unique situations and how their objectives integrate with the business environment they exist in. His approach and advice is always direct and concise in responding to his client’s needs. Over the past forty years, he has assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs in starting their businesses. Many are still clients to this day.

Rick holds a valued place as accountant and advisor for many of the local film production professionals that work at all levels of that industry, in Chicago and California.

Credentials & Affiliations

Rick graduated from the University of Illinois and spent his first five years working in the profession for a national CPA firm, followed by a local CPA firm, before founding his own practice in 1979. In addition to his CPA certificate, he holds a certified investment representative designation and is a member of the Illinois CPA Society. Rick joined LLG in August 2016.

Advice

Respect the vision you have for your company and run your business like a business.

Standout Memory

“I remember receiving a call from my first client. It was an exciting moment for me as I began my career at my own practice”.

Interests

Spending time with family, golf, real estate, staying fit and watching the White Sox. Rick is married and has three children and two grandchildren.

Contact

  • Richard E. Winer
  • 847-205-4281
  • 847-721-3795

Sander Berman

CPA, Of Counsel

Contact : 847-205-5408 | 847-508-3541

Bruce Horwitz

CPA, Of Counsel

Contact : 847-205-5407 | 847-508-3919