R.J. Augustine’s roots run deep in the greater Chicago area. What began as a thriving accounting business conducted at tables in a college apartment complex became a popular bricks and mortar-based firm in Mt. Prospect, Illinois during the 1970’s. Today our clients come from every county in the greater Chicago area, and all over the world.

Maybe it’s the personalized financial guidance that you and your business get from us. Maybe it’s expert tax management and accounting. Maybe it’s the convenience of in-depth audits, business valuations, and financial planning. Whatever it is, it has made R.J. Augustine one of the leading firms in Illinois.

Meet the Team

Our Philosophy

Our Mission

Our mission is to help our clients maintain financial viability while pro-actively working toward future goals by being attached at the hip through open communication, research and sound analysis.

Giving back

Because of the success we enjoy as part of the greater Chicago community and beyond, we also believe in giving back to improve the circumstances of others. The RJ Augustine team collectively volunteers time, contributes financially and lends its skills to both nationally recognized charities and grassroots 501(c)3 organizations.

At R.J. Augustine, your success is our success. Understanding your business is our first priority, and we are actively involved in helping it grow over the long term. We anticipate the risks, plot the potential, and help you manage them to your advantage. R.J. Augustine is committed to exceeding your expectations and to inspire positive financial returns.

R.J. Augustine goes out of our way to seek, attract, train, and retain the best possible people in the industry. We are not simply accountants alone, but experts who specialize in all facets of finance – we see beyond the numbers and understand their impact. Since 1978, we've been entrusted by our clients to track their progress, suggest ideas for growth, and help them realize innovative direction. As your trusted advisor, we can help you reach your goals – and realize success beyond the ordinary.

In a volatile business climate, financial strength is key to stability and growth. Follow the rules. Know the strategies. Work with people who understand the issues. R.J. Augustine is among the area’s leading professional service firms that can help you identify and capitalize on business opportunities. We deliver the value you expect, the ideas and solutions that meet your needs, and take innovative paths to improve your financial future.

R.J. Augustine’s business and financial advisors are trained to co-develop your service expectations and help shape the future to your best advantage. We understand your unique needs and our team of focused professionals is energetic, enthusiastic, and dedicated to providing the greatest value for you and for all of our clients. R.J. Augustine’s approach is designed to facilitate our role as your business advisor. We are accessible, resourceful, and responsive to help you make informed decisions to plan for a promising future.

“We built this company to serve our clients.  We want to be attached at the hip so they are always well-informed.  We want it to feel like home.”

— Richard Augustine, Schaumburg IL

Our Team

Maintaining a knowledgeable, well-informed team and a positive work environment is a primary objective of R.J. Augustine and Associates. Our culture is based on a high level of mutual respect, hard work, competence, integrity, sense of humor and a team-orientated attitude. Because we hire and retain employees who share our values and commitment, RJA is a great place to work. We’re proud of our team!

Richard J. Augustine Sr.

CPA | President and Founder

Richard J. Augustine has over forty years of experience in audit, tax and accounting. He has strong ties to the Schaumburg community, having served as Chairman of the Board for the Schaumburg Business Association in 2012. Throughout his tenure as our Principal, he has presented numerous lectures and programs on accounting and taxes all over the Greater Chicagoland Area. He has also served on a number of associations as an officer and director, including the Columbian Club Foundation, Northwest Suburban Fellowship Association, Casa Italia and the Italian American Chamber of Commerce. His dedication to our firm is the reason that R.J. Augustine and Associates has grown to be the successful company that it is today.

Daniel Augustine

Vice President and Controller

Graduating in June of 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Accounting, Dan was a staff accountant for two years prior to joining R.J. Augustine & Associates in December 1995. As the Accounting & Operations Manager, Dan focuses on   accounting, taxation and business valuations for small and medium-sized companies.


Ted Derma

CPA | Audit Manager

Theodore D. Derma has over twenty-five years of experience with our firm since receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University in 1987. As our Audit Manager, he has substantial knowledge in the areas of accounting and audit, and has assumed management responsibility for all of his accounting, auditing and tax engagements. Ted has served organizations such as The Prairie Center for the Arts, The Dominick’s Foundation, Responsive Marketing Communications and The Irving Press. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Illinois State CPA Society, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Montgomery, Illinois with his wife and two children.

Vivek Kapoor

CPA |  Tax Manager

Tax Manager, Vivek Kapoor, has over 30 years of experience in taxation. He graduated from university in India with a degree in Economics and English Literature, and received his CPA Certification through DePaul University after moving to the U.S. Vivek is an international tax expert and has been a part of the RJA Family for nearly five years. He lives in Elmwood Park, Illinois with his wife, and has two grown children.

Christine VanHauter

Office Manager and Firm Administrator

Christine was born and raised in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and graduated with an Associate's Degree in Business from Harper College in Palatine. She has over 25 years of accounting and management experience and is a member of the Association for Accounting Administration. Outside of RJA, Christine has a passion for the culinary arts.

Professional Staffing

Brian Mickley

CPA | Senior Accounting

Brian K. Mickley graduated from DePaul University in June 1991, and has been with our firm for over 22 years. As one of our senior accountants, Brian has become extremely knowledgeable about accounting for small and medium-sized companies. He has assumed responsibility for his accounting, review and audit engagements.

Lorry Scurto

CPA | Senior Tax Accountant

Lorry has been a resident of the northwest suburbs of Chicago for her entire life.  She graduated from  Northern Illinois University receiving a B.S. in Accountancy.  Lorry comes to RJA with a variety of tax, accounting and business experience acquired from various organizations including not-for-profits organizations, Fortune 500 companies and public accounting.   Outside of work, Lorry is passionate about spending time with friends and family.  She lives in Lake in the Hills with her husband and two daughters.

Palak Kachhiapatel

CPA | Tax Accountant

Palak has been in the Schaumburg area for nine years. She graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with B.S. and M.S. in Accounting. Palak brings with her knowledge of tax and corporate accounting from working at one of the big four public accounting firms and corporations. In her free time, Palak likes to cook and spend time with friends and family.

Stephen Heimiller

CPA | Senior Tax Accountant

Stephen has been in the public accounting field for over 15 years. He graduated from Bradley University in 1992 with his BS in Accounting. When not crunching numbers Stephen enjoys a few rounds at the Arcades.

Tony DalCompo

CPA |Senior Auditor

Tony joined RJA in 2016 with experience in a variety of areas including audits, reviews, compilations, and some corporate and personal tax returns. He has worked primarily with manufacturers, distributors, construction contracts, non-profit organizations, and employee benefit plans. Tony is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Illinois CPA society and the American Institute of CPAs.

Administrative Staff

Anna Berg


Anna came to R.J. Augustine and Associates, CPA’s in 2017 as a part-time administrative assistant and back-up receptionist.  Anna’s now has moved into a full-time receptionist role. Today, she greets our clients and guests with a friendly smile and professional demeanor. In her spare time, Anna enjoys reading, T.V. and movie trivia and spending time with her two grown children and two grandsons.

Tiffany Mosig

Data Processing Coordinator

Tiffany Mosig started her career at RJ Augustine as a Receptionist in November of 2007. She now carries many hats as our Data Processing Coordinator. From Client to staff needs she is always willing and able to assist in all of our needs. With over 10 years of customer service you can be sure you are in good hands with Tiffany.

Chloe Richart

Administrative Assistant

Chloe is a great asset to the administrative team. She comes with 5 years customer service experience and an enthusiastic approach towards all aspects of her work. She is very good taking on several tasks and is focused on completing the team goals.

R.J. Augustine and Associates

650 E. Algonquin Road, Suite 300
Schaumburg, IL 60173-3853

Phone: 847.330.0400

Fax: 847.330.0297

email: info@rjacpa.com

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