Wipfli, one of the top 20 accounting and consulting firms in the country, announced that Agriculture Industry Practice Leader and Partner Brad Cook has been selected as one of 20 emerging leaders to participate in Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership (REAL) Montana. Leaders were selected from a pool of qualified candidates, all representing a variety of agriculture and natural resource industries.
“The firm congratulates Brad on this outstanding accomplishment,” said Rick Dreher, managing partner of Wipfli. “As a leader in serving agribusinesses in Montana and around the country, Brad’s appointment to REAL Montana further solidifies our commitment and advocacy for the industry.”
The mission of REAL Montana is to build a network of informed and engaged leaders to advance the natural resource industries in Montana. The organization is a combined effort
of the Montana State University Extension service and private industry donors. REAL Montana’s leaders kicked off their participation in the initiative on September 7 in Bozeman, Montana.
“It’s an honor to be chosen to serve among this esteemed group of leaders. This is a wonderful opportunity to help move the natural resource industry forward, which is very important for Montana,” said Cook. “Participating in this initiative is also a tremendous opportunity for me personally to expand my knowledge, while helping the organization to achieve its mission for the state of Montana.”
Cook is a partner and the leader of the firm’s agriculture industry practice. In the industry leader role, he oversees the firm’s Agricultural Practice and is responsible for the overall financial results, strategic direction, and development of services within the practice, as well as partner and associate development. In addition, Cook has vast experience in tax planning and compliance, as well as transition planning for family businesses.
A certified public accountant, Cook is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a past board member and treasurer for Helena Food Share and a 2008 graduate of Leadership Helena.
Cook holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Montana.