Mike Esser
Partners & Directors

Mike Esser: Partner


As Partner, Mike provides management advisory and tax planning services to small business clients. He also oversees small business audits and other financial statement engagements, and he is an expert at discussing real world issues so clients can understand what their financial statements are telling them. A Certified Public Accountant, Mike has a Bachelor of Accountancy from University of North Dakota.

Professional and Community Activities

  • MN Society of CPAs
  • AICPA passing score panel volunteer
  • Coaches daughters’ Soccer & Softball teams


What’s your favorite number?

What would you be doing if you weren’t an accountant?
Professional Brewmaster.

What’s your current goal outside of Copeland Buhl?
Being the best role model possible to my 4 daughters.

Areas of Focus (Services)

  • Business Tax
  • Individual Tax
  • Tax Audit Assistance
  • Financial Statement Audits
  • Financial Statement Reviews
  • Financial Statement Compilations
  • SOC Engagements

Areas of Focus (Industries)

  • Construction Contractors
  • Manufacturing and Distribution Companies
  • Real Estate and Residential
Mike Esser
  • Recent Articles
  • 9/21/2020

    Transitioning Your Privately Held Business

    There comes a point in time when every business owner is ready to take a step back.  Most business owners start their business with dreams of financial independence and a sense of freedom.  Eventually those owners are ready to reap...
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  • 6/07/2017

    Update on the new Revenue Recognition Standard (ASU 2014-09)

    Although the effective date is still more than a year out, business owners and Accounting personnel are starting to prepare and ask questions on how the new standard will affect them.  While the new standard will have substantial effects on...
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  • 7/18/2013

    Simplifying your 401k Audit

    A 401k audit may sound complicated and intimidating. As new requirements are introduced, 401k audit standards continue to get more complex, but with an experienced group of CPAs at the right firm, the audit does not need to be a...
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