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James Loran Kalispell

14 3rd Street East
Kalispell, MT 59901




James Loran, CPA

Manager, Tribal Practices

James Loran is a manager in Wipfli’s tribal practice who oversees many tribal government, tribal casino, and other Native American organizations’ accounting and audit preparation services.  As a contract chief financial officer (CFO) for tribal organizations, he guides and mentors a diverse staff who bring their own ideas, years of experience, and varying degrees of proficiency.

Working with tribal councils, boards of directors, and executive leadership teams, James helps develop goals into realities as he oversees the financial components of their business and strategic planning.  In each instance, the overarching objective is to promote economic development by more effectively providing some essential public good — education, housing, public works, and medical care.


  • Certified Public Accountant

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) - Member
  • Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) - Member 


Audit and Accounting

Areas of Focus

  • Native American governments and enterprises
  • Audit and accounting 
  • Strategic planning 


University of Montana
  • Bachelor of arts degree in accounting
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - Belguim
  • Master of theology degree
Mount Angel Seminary
  • Master of divinity degree