About Manning Silverman & Company

Partners Joel Manning and Wayne Silverman established Manning Silverman & Company in 1987. As professional colleagues well before venturing into a business partnership, these two associates and friends were able to create one of the top accounting agencies in Lake County. As Manning Silverman grew, the firm expanded to include additional partners, tax and accounting professionals and coordinators.

As a full service accounting firm, we are able to provide a wide range of services to individuals, closely held corporations and non-profit entities, which we find to be very rewarding.

Manning Silverman also prides itself in its diverse staff who is able to give our clients exceptional service in multiple languages: Mongolian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Ukrainian.

Manning Silverman is committed to providing quality service and is set apart by our depth of caring and dedication to our clients; financial needs and helping them prosper.

W.E. C.A.R.E.

    A collaboration between our clients and their accounting staff to achieve the best results possible for the client.
    As our client, you will receive 100% of our staff’s support and effort, regardless of the size of the job.
  • CARE:
    At Manning Silverman, we thrive on seeing our clients and their businesses prosper; this is reflected in the individualized care that each of our clients receive.
    We stand behind all of our work and guarantee our clients happiness, while continually striving to achieve positive client feedback.
    A major emphasis is placed on the value and respect of our client’s time and energy.
    Time is of the essence! Manning Silverman prides itself on the timely deliverance of our clients’ needs.



Staff Profiles

Joel Manning, CPA
Managing Partner and Founding Member
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Joel is the Managing Partner at Manning Silverman & Company. Joel provides accounting, tax, and consulting services to his clients which represent many industries including service, distribution, manufacturing, retail, construction, property management, real estate, banking and not-for-profits. Joel has experience as an expert witness. He has over 35 years of experience in accounting, tax, and consulting. Joel has an array of business relationships in the banking, legal and insurance areas and is great at networking to help his clients grow their businesses. Joel is frequently asked to assist his clients in trouble-shooting business challenges and has been instrumental in the success of many client’s turn-around and growth. Joel heads the firm’s consulting and marketing services. Joel is able to think outside the box to help his clients, and he is proactive and cares a great deal about his clients.

Joel founded Manning Silverman & Company in October 1987. Prior to starting Manning Silverman & Company, Joel was an accountant and consultant at a medium size firm and at a large international firm.

Joel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois, and graduated top of his class. Joel earned his CPA designation in May of 1983. Joel is very active in his community and serves as an Officer or Director on several Boards. He has a passion for his family, clients, sports, coaching soccer and extensive travel.

Nick Schenk, CPA
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Nick provides accounting and tax services to a large variety of Manning Silverman & Company clients. He has a unique knowledge of all our accounting and tax application tools which he aptly applies to support his clients. In addition, he applies the current tax law and accounting rules to ensure that his clients get the most value out of Manning Silverman services. As his clients attest, Nick’s responsiveness to his clients is second to none and makes him an asset to his clients and the Manning Silverman family.

Nick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University and is also a CPA. He has been with Manning Silverman for almost ten years assisting clients in various roles. Recently, Nick and his wife welcomed a second child to their family, which leaves him less time for his favorite pursuit of golf. Lastly, just so you are all aware, Nick played on the professional golf mini-tours for two years, so watch out if you play him for “skins” in a golf event.

Adrian Scurtu, CPA
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Adrian is a Partner and Tax Strategist with a focus on businesses and real estate. He speaks at conferences nationwide teaching the importance of tax planning and implementing appropriate tax strategies. Whether working with businesses or individuals, Adrian wants to educate his clients on the tax savings opportunities available and help them accomplish both their tax and business goals. Adrian has an entrepreneurial spirit and is interested in growing his network to be a good source of referrals for his clients. 

Adrian graduated from DePaul University’s Strobel Honors Accounting Program with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and has worked as a Senior Accountant at Orbus Exhibit & Display Group and as a Financial Analyst at CBRE. 

Adrian is a CPA licensed in the state of Illinois and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.

Adrian is involved in volunteer work and social issues, and he enjoys the culture that the city of Chicago has to offer. You can often find Adrian and his wife visiting new restaurants or plays. 

Adrian is fluent in Romanian.

Mathew is a Partner at Manning Silverman & Company. Mathew earned both his Bachelor and Master degree in Accounting from Michigan State University. Upon graduation MSU was ranked 7th best accounting program in the nation.

Mathew grew up in an accounting family and has been involved with the Manning Silverman & Company family his whole life. He has been exposed to accounting, auditing, handling investments, incorporating businesses, and preparing tax returns.

Mathew enjoys working with start-up companies to brain-storm and give advice to help them thrive; as well as handling investments, Defined Benefit Plans, Profit Sharing Plans, 401ks, and IRAs for clients to help them puruse their financial goals.

Registered Representative 

Barry Manning
Marketing Director
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Barry serves as the main point of contact when it comes to marketing and client services. He prides himself in satisfying our client needs.

Barry started out as a Manager at McDonalds corporation and has also been self-employed in various businesses. He has been at Manning Silverman & Company since the beginning and has been present for all 35 years of operations. The firm couldn’t have accomplished or grown as much as it has without Barry.

Barry is a family man and when he is not working, he likes to watch TV and go to events with his wife and daughter. Barry also enjoys spending time with his grandson.

Brian C. Bromberg, CPA
Executive Vice-President of Strategic Partnerships
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Brian earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and is a CPA. He has considerable experience in operations, accounting, and networking.  

 Brian’s past roles include being a CPA for middle market accounting firms in Chicago. For over 22 years, Brian was President of Grafsolve LLC, a leader in the graphic arts supply industry. He has a vast array of business relationships in the banking, legal, wealth management, and insurance areas and is great at facilitating connections to help our clients grow their businesses. 

 Brian’s civic involvement includes being involved as an executive board member of Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF). ICRF supports the best and brightest doctors and scientists conducting groundbreaking cancer research in Israel. He also acts as the senior board liaison with the ICRF Visions (Junior) Board to help mentor the next generation of philanthropic leaders. Additionally, he serves on the board of Rebecca’s Dream whose mission is to promote awareness and education about mental health and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.  

 In his free time Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, golfing, and traveling. 

Bert Rosenberg, CPA
Tax Manager
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Bert is a Senior Tax Manager at Manning Silverman & Company with over 40 years of experience in the industry. In his current role, he provides tax related services to both small and large, closely held businesses as well as to individuals. Bert proactively works with his Manning Silverman clients to do extensive tax planning, preparation and review, and IRS resolutions. His experience with the IRS and extensive knowledge of the recent new tax law allows Bert to be an advocate for his clients and find the best possible solution for specific tax related issues. Bert is continuously updating his skills through continuing education throughout the year.

Bert has been and is currently a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants(AICPA) and the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society since the 1970s. Bert was an elected trustee for Arlington Heights, Illinois, having served in that capacity for over 20 years, and served the Village for 13 years in other capacities. 

Bert in his leisure time likes to relax by going fishing, playing golf and traveling to new and exciting places.

Carmen Jimenez
Senior Accountant
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Carmen Jimenez has over 15 years of experience providing accounting and tax services to many small businesses and individuals. Her goal is to educate her clients and help them accomplish their tax and business goals. Carmen has an entrepreneurial spirit and is interested in growing her network to be a good source of referrals for her clients. She is a certified QuickBooks Pro.

Carmen is a graduate of DePaul University. Her civic involvement includes being one of the Co-founders of the Hispanic Business Network-Chicago, an organization that focuses on career development, cultural awareness, community involvement and commerce. Carmen is a graduate of DePaul University. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Carmen is a HUGE White Sox fan and enjoys attending baseball games in her free time. You can also find her visiting different breweries in her free time when she is not volunteering and being a good servant leader.

Diana Troutman, CPA
Tax Manager
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Diana serves as the “guru” when it comes to automated accounting software and systems. She is especially versed in all forms of QuickBooks. She is a certified QuickBooks administrator. Diana is also the go-to person for staff knowledge issues.

Diana graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. She has had experience with many different companies.

Diana enjoys spending time with her family. A mother of four and now grandmother.

Ginny Girmscheid
Vice President of Operations
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Ginny brings many years of experience in accounting, finance, operations, and business management to her role as VP of Operations. Her business acumen, combined with efficiency, attention to detail, and an entrepreneurial spirit, are behind her success in launching, establishing, and growing business endeavors. She enjoys coming alongside businesses with the support and tools needed to fulfill their vision and achieve their mission and is especially passionate about equipping underserved and under-resourced organizations. Ginny believes in communicating effectively through listening well and speaking strategically.

After graduating with highest honors in accounting from the University of Illinois, Ginny made Lake County her life-long home. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking at local forest preserves and gardens, and championing the causes of women, children, and families.

Joe Lasko
Accounting Manager
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With 15 years of public, private and nonprofit accounting experience, Joe’s personable approach makes the sometimes arduous task of accounting not feel so alarming. His experience as a Controller of a private manufacturing company and consultant with a group focused on nonprofit accounting and human resource administration, has provided him with a large, diverse foundation of experience to draw upon to help guide you and your team successfully forward.

Joe works in conjunction with our Manning Silverman Partners and Tax Managers to prepare audit, compilation, and review reports, as well as all the standard, fiduciary and nonprofit entity tax returns.

When not at the office, Joe enjoys spending time with his two children, playing golf and softball, and watching the EPL, specifically Liverpool.

Judy Manning
Executive Assistant
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Judy is an Executive Assistant who helps with much of the back office work. Judy handles all of the partner’s personal work and handles the firm’s billing. Judy has been with the firm since its inception.

Judy graduated from University of Illinois with an Accounting Degree. She has been a partner in business prior to joining Manning Silverman.

Judy enjoys spending time with her family, sports and extensive traveling.

Marina Dushkin
Senior Accountant
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Marina provides bookkeeping and accounting services to our clients. She is very active in helping our clients keep their books current and accurate. She also prepares payroll, sales tax and income tax returns. Marina is very detailed, organized, gives it her all and her clients love working with her. Marina is so dedicated to her clients.

Marina graduated from St. Petersburg State University in Russia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She has 5 years of experience at the corporate level and 15 years of public accounting.

Marina is a big hockey fan and a past goalie mom.

She is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and some Polish languages.

Michael Comm, CPA
Semi-Retired Manager
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Mike was partner at Manning Silverman & Company who semi-retired in 2023 and is now a manager primarily focusing on providing tax, accounting and consulting services to closely held businesses and a variety of clientele. Mike’s expertise is in not-for-profit organizations, medical practices, construction and manufacturing businesses.

Mike joined Manning Silverman & Company in 1998. Prior to that, Mike was the Assistant Controller at the Jewish Community Center of Chicago. Mike started his accounting career in 1984 at a large Chicago CPA firm.

Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign and earned his CPA in 1984.

Mike also was an adjunct faculty member at Oakton Community College where he instructed students in accounting and business computer software such as QuickBooks and Excel. Mike has been active in his Congregation, having served as treasurer, and enjoys sports and travel. 

Michele Polakoff
Payroll, Sales Tax & Accounting Manager
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Michele is the payroll, sales tax and accounting manager for Manning Silverman & Company.

Michele proofs all audits; reviews payroll and sales tax returns; prepares compilations in addition to other activities requested by the firm.

Michele has worked at Manning Silverman for the past 27 years in multiple capacities. Prior to Manning Silverman, Michele was an accountant for another local CPA Firm. Michele obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois.

Michele excels in client relationships as she is proactive and responsive to client needs. Clients appreciate her attention to detail.

Michele is a grandmother of 2 and enjoys chasing them around. She also loves games and puzzles.

Paola Meinzer
Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
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Paola Meinzer has over 20 years of Marketing, Sales and Public Relations experience acquired by working within a variety of fields including advertising, marketing and community outreach.

Paola is the marketing director, responsible for business development at Manning Silverman and Company.  She truly enjoys her position because it allows her to proudly represent the great team of CPAs and accountants at Manning Silverman.  She enjoys providing advocacy through educational seminars and developing new partnerships for the firm and she looks forward to continuing to build the company’s brand and new strategic partnerships in support of clients.

Paola is a Colombian native who emigrated to the United States over 15 years ago.  She is also a proud parent of two wonderful girls, Stephanie and Bella and is passionate about serving her surrounding communities.  She thrives on consistently providing support through engagement in business organizations.  She has been recognized as a leader in her community and has served on several boards, including the Lake County Chamber of Commerce.  She currently serves as a Trustee for St. Augustine College.  In 2014, she was featured in a national magazine as one of Chicago’s Leaders of the Future for her personal commitment in representing the strength and professionalism of Latinas in the workplace, in their quest to achieve the American dream.

Paola’s favorite quote is from Mahatma Gandhi: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Robin Walovitch, CPA
Accounting Manager
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Robin provides accounting and tax services for Manning Silverman & Company clients. She is well versed in QuickBooks (she is a Pro Advisor), payroll and sales tax. Robin prides herself in providing excellent customer service and follow through to our client base.

Robin received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northern Illinois University. She has worked in both public and private industry accounting, including a stint at Allstate Insurance. Robin has been with Manning Silverman & Company for over 20 years.

Robin enjoys her family and dogs, although which comes first is up for debate.

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