Steve Harms

Before joining Ballast in 2016, Steve was Vice President of Financial Reporting and Tax at American Equity. While there, he was responsible for a range of duties, including GAAP accounting and reporting, SEC reporting, implementation of emerging accounting guidance, and income tax provisions and accounting.

Steve began his accounting career with Kiesling Associates, LLP, where he worked from 2000 through 2008 and held the title of Technology Partner. During his tenure, he led the firm’s implementation of paperless audit and income tax engagements, as well as many other efficiency initiatives. As a general practitioner performing audits of private and public entities, he was responsible for assisting clients with income tax preparation, regulatory compliance, and other consulting assignments. He graduated from Wartburg College with a major in mathematics in 1988, passing the Uniform CPA Examination on his first attempt in 1989.