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Charley Kanieski

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Charley Kanieski, CPA/PFS, CVA, CEPA
President

Charley has been operating his cozy CPA practice focusing only on small businesses and business owners in Port Townsend since 1990. Assisting clients with business profitability, consulting, financial forecasting, budgeting and strategic planning, he works with businesses of all sizes, from startups to large companies. As a certified Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) Charley helps business owners synchronize life plans with business plans using both tax expertise and a comprehensive knowledge of financial planning. As a CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst), he is one of the few business valuation specialists on the Olympic Peninsula, and combined with his Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) credential he helps business owners navigate selling their business, ultimately allowing the business owner to retire.

Charley learned bookkeeping from his mother as she did the books for the Kanieski family hardware business. He graduated from the University of Dayton with a B.S. in Accounting in 1975 and became a CPA in 1977. He worked for a large, “Big Eight,” firm in Cleveland and a few regional firms. In 1979 he purchased his family hardware business which allowed his father and uncle to retire. He had 21 employees, and during his tenure, significantly increased profitability. The retail hardware history gives Charley rich insight into small business operations.

Charley stretched his legs a bit when he sold the business and went sailing for 5 years. Charley sailed from Tahiti solo to Port Townsend, arriving during a kinetic sculpture contest, and fell in love with the town instantly, so swallowed the anchor and stayed. He has worked his behind the scenes magic as a pro-bono adviser for many local organizations, including the Northwest Maritime Center, Peninsula Trails Association, and Jefferson Community School. He currently serves as the Treasurer for Jefferson Community School.

In addition to working on his own practice, Kanieski is also the CFO of Skookum, a non-profit organization that employs over 1,000 people with severe disabilities.

Charley is devoted to health, fitness, and wellness. He competes as an open water rower in his single racing shell. When not helping business owners, you can usually find Charley exploring local waterways and trails with his wife Liz, and step-son Aaron.

Charley can be reached at 360-385-6961 (Ex. 2) or charley@thebusinessguides.com.