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About Our Firm

...then and now

Our 78-year history started with a one-man firm, dedicated to providing expert accounting services to a handful of clients.

Fast forward to today and see how the hard work and dedication over the years has grown into a mid-sized, reputable firm of professional men and women who strive to be the best in their field. Staying current with technological trends has allowed us to stay competitive, but our values, personalized solutions and professional atmosphere we offer to our clients will never change.

Whether you are an individual in need of tax return preparation or a business in need of payroll services, contact Groskreutz, Abrahm, Eshleman & Gerretse for a consultation!

historical photo of Harry F. Topping, firm founder
Firm Founder, Harry F. Topping, shown here as a student and member of the golf team at the University of Chicago, 1940.

Photo courtesy of University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.

Harry F. Topping

1943 - Firm founded by Harry F. Topping.

Topping and Gianotti

1969 - Joseph C. Gianotti merged his practice with Harry F. Topping.

1973 - Bruce W. Payne becomes a partner.

Topping, Gianotti & Payne

1978 – Larry  D. Groskreutz became partner.

1983 – Joseph C. Gianotti retired.

Topping, Gianotti, Payne & Groskreutz

1985 – Stephen P. Schmidt became partner.

1989-Harry F. Topping retired.

Topping, Gianotti, Payne, Groskreutz & Schmidt


Payne, Groskreutz & Schmidt


1999 – Michael V. Gray became partner. 

Payne, Gray, Groskreutz & Schmidt

2005 - Bruce Payne retired.

2006 - Michael V. Gray deceased.

Payne, Groskreutz, Schmidt, Abraham, & Eshleman

2009 – M. J. Abraham and Amy E. Eshleman became partners.

Groskreutz, Schmidt, Abraham, Eshleman & Gerretse

2010 – Dale L. Gerretse became partner and Stephen P. Schmidt retired.

Groskreutz, Abraham, Eshleman & Gerretse, LLC

2019 – Larry D. Groskreutz retired.