Accounting firm appoints managing partner


Katie Ferris. Courtesy BDO

The local office of a national accounting firm has named a new managing partner.

Chicago-based BDO USA promoted Katie Ferris from tax partner to West Michigan tax office managing partner at its downtown Grand Rapids location, according to the firm Friday.

In her new role, Ferris is responsible for co-overseeing professionals along with Tony Lawrence, assurance regional managing partner, as well as managing financial operations and fostering client and prospect relationships for tax services in BDO’s Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo offices.

“Katie has become a clear leader as a partner in the Grand Rapids office, which makes her the ideal office managing partner,” said Matt Becker, BDO central region tax managing partner, who works out of the Grand Rapids office. “Her depth of tax experience makes her an invaluable asset to our clients and our people.”

Ferris said she’s “proud to lead BDO West Michigan during this exciting time of growth that the firm is experiencing in the West Michigan market and across the nation.”

She has more than 10 years of experience in public accounting, advising both public and private multi-national companies.

Ferris serves clients in the following industries: manufacturing, distribution, technology, telecommunications and construction. Her primary focus is on federal, state and international tax planning, consulting and compliance for closely held businesses and their owners. 

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Michigan Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Ferris is treasurer of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan and involved with other professional and community organizations in West Michigan.

She holds a B.B.A. in accounting and finance from Grand Valley State University and an M.S. in accountancy from Grand Valley State University. 


Founded in 1910, BDO USA is the U.S. member firm of Zaventem, Belgium-based BDO International Limited.

The firm provides assurance, tax and advisory services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held U.S. companies.

It serves clients through more than 60 offices and over 550 independent alliance firm locations nationwide.

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