ABOUT OUR FOUNDER AND CEO
About LEACIF's founder and CEO
First experiencing the industry in high school, and later using the resulting knowledge to help form the concept of LEACIF, Kareyna's appreciation of small business operation started and was fostered outside of the accounting industry, in the office technology sector. Here, she learned sales and marketing, office bookkeeping, hiring, customer service, and many other aspects of owning and growing a small business, both organically and through acquisition. The majority of her time was spent engaging with clients and experiencing their businesses first hand, whether by walking a manufacturing floor, school, or medical care facility, or helping clients manage their office technology and complex equipment leases.
While her focus is and has been providing leading accounting and advisory services, Kareyna's experience as an entrepreneur is lifelong, including a unique and ever evolving perspective on business ownership and management.
In 2016, Kareyna founded Michigan's first woman owned CPA firm focused solely on serving the state's emerging cannabis industry, assisting business owners in developing accounting processes and procedures unique to the regulations and strict compliance requirements they face. After successfully working with hundreds of industry businesses, Kareyna later exited this firm and transitioned the activity to a locally based certified public accounting firm in Saginaw, MI.
Kareyna is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and participates on their Small Practitioners Task Force and conference planning committee. She is a founding member of the Association's Cannabis Industry Expert Panel, as well as a Tax Section and Private Company Practice Section member with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She also speaks regularly on the complex issues facing cannabis businesses and their stakeholders. Kareyna is responsible for leading both the strategic development and administrative management for LEACIF.
Kareyna enjoys hiking, wildcrafting, exploring Michigan's various parks and trail ways, and writing. She values most creativity, individualism, and authentic personalities. She lives in Otter Lake, MI with her golden retriever Riley.
LEACIF was founded by Kareyna Miller, CPA with the intent to do things differently. Kareyna began her career in public accounting as an auditor with a regional accounting firm after graduating from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. While at college, Kareyna helped with leading accounting advancements through her work with Beta Alpha Psi, as well as with organizing weekly and annual events to connect students with the area's accounting firms and professionals. Later as an auditor, she gained a meaningful range of experiences working with manufacturers, distributors, municipalities, and educational organizations. However, shortly after earning her certified public accountant license, she turned back to earlier entrepreneurial roots and left to work for a private company that focused on office technology and connectivity solutions.
In addition to her CPA license, Kareyna maintains the following certifications:
She is currently pursuing the CRISC designation.
To reach Kareyna directly, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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