Elaine K. Pressler, CPA/ABV, joined ATLAS as a Partner in our Akron and Canton, Ohio offices in January 2023. She has more than 30 years of experience in the practice of Public Accounting, with areas of expertise in small business advisory services, business and individual tax return preparation, business valuations, firm management, and more.
“I enjoy helping small businesses with many diverse issues, and getting to know my clients’ needs so that I am able to help them on their business journey, while saving their tax dollars.”
Elaine graduated with a BA from Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, with triple majors of Accounting, Finance, and Business Management. In addition to having her CPA (Certified Public Accountant), she has also earned and maintained her ABV licensure (Accredited in Business Valuations.)
Elaine first developed an interest in accounting during a high school course. She enjoyed the class immensely, and excelled quickly. Her love of accounting only deepened as she pursued higher education, and a career path devoted to accounting services, and fulfilling the needs of her clients.
Over the years, Elaine has worked in a variety of positions which contribute to her vast knowledge and expertise in business, tax, and accounting. She spent 15 years in finance in the life insurance industry, as a controller, CFO, and operations principal. She then owned and operated E.K. Pressler & Co. CPAs, her tax and accounting practice in Ohio, for many years before joining forces with Shields-Blice. As a principal at the firm, Elaine worked alongside the well-respected owner, Scott Shields, for nearly 10 years. Shields-Blice merged with ATLAS CPAs & Advisors PLLC in 2022. Upon Scott’s retirement, Elaine was asked to step in as Partner for ATLAS’s northeastern Ohio offices.
As a Partner of ATLAS, Elaine seeks to serve those around her – whether that be her clients, her staff, or her peers. It is her passion to help others, find answers, and pursue growth.
Elaine places a high value on client relationships, communication, and serving her clients’ unique needs as best she can. She spent many years working alongside auditors, attorneys, investment professionals, bankers, and more; and several years working with regional CPA firms. She understands the importance of having connections that serve her clients. There are many areas of expertise that can be found within ATLAS. By having a direct connection to these valuable resources, Elaine is able to expand the network she had already developed, to provide her clients with more holistic care.
“My greatest joy in life is my family” – When away from the office, Elaine enjoys spending time with her 3 adult children and their families, including 3 grandchildren.