For more than 30 years, Steve Hube has been instrumental in advancing the vision that Barnes Dennig’s founders had for the firm. He worked with Bob Barnes and Al Dennig, he knew the passion they had for providing exceptional client service, and he recognized how to instill that passion in succeeding generations even as the firm grew from a small office to the fifth-largest accounting firm in Greater Cincinnati.
“I understand the important role that people play within a business and how that relates to client service,” Hube said. “My philosophy is to surround myself with the best and brightest folks to chart a course for the future.”
Because he has lived that philosophy so well – while also demonstrating technical expertise and leadership within the accounting industry – Hube was a natural choice to become the third Managing Director in the firm’s 46-year history. He will succeed Bill Cloppert in that role effective January 1, 2012.
Cloppert will continue as a Director within the firm. He has served as Managing Director – which is the equivalent of CEO – since 1988, when he succeeded Bob Barnes. During Cloppert’s tenure, the firm has grown from around 20 employees to nearly 100.
“The past 23 years have been very satisfying and challenging,” Cloppert said. “The culture Bob Barnes and Al Dennig established of superior client service and developing and treating employees with respect has continued on. Steve has worked in this atmosphere for 30 years, and I am sure he will carry it on into the future.”
Hube has been with Barnes Dennig since 1981 and has been a Director since 1990. He has played a key role in the management of the firm during that time, while also establishing himself as a leader within the industry. He served as chair of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Peer Review Acceptance Committee for five years.
“I want to build on the values that we have established here at Barnes Dennig,” Hube said.
Hube has been a member of the firm’s Executive Committee for the past six years, and he has played a leading role in all Human Resources initiatives since becoming a Director. During that time, Barnes Dennig’s employee retention rate has consistently been much higher than the national average within public accounting, which provides stability and peace of mind for the firm’s clients.