Close relationship aids Centennial Hall renovation

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Larson Allen

Among the alumni who work in the St. Cloud office of LarsonAllen are, left to right, Jason Neumann ’06, St. Cloud, Kris Tveit ’89, Sartell, Rick Nilson ’81, St. Cloud, Bill Gans ’69, St. Cloud and Sara Backes ‘94, St. Cloud. Tveit, Nilson and Gans are partner’s.

In the animal kingdom it’s called symbiosis. In LarsonAllen’s world it’s a win-win situation.

Minneapolis-based LarsonAllen, LLP, has pledged $100,000 to the renovation of St. Cloud State University’s Centennial Hall, home of the business college where it annually recruits interns and accounting graduates.

"St. Cloud State is a very important university to this firm," said Bill LeClaire ’84, a partner and certified public accountant (CPA). "We want to be able to give back to the program so it can continue its excellence."

LarsonAllen, which includes CPAs, consultants and advisors, employs about 1,200 people in eight states and the District of Columbia. There are nearly 100 St. Cloud State alumni on staff, including Gordy Viere ’75, the chief executive officer. LeClaire is on the G.R. Herberger College of Business advisory board.

About 20 LarsonAllen partners – all St. Cloud State alumni – have pledged $50,000, with the company providing a matching amount, according to LeClaire and Eric Kautzmann, associate vice president for development at St. Cloud State.

The five-floor Centennial Hall, a former library, is the new home of the G.R. Herberger College of Business and academic student services such the Advising Center, Career Services, Student Disability Services, Honors Program and the Multicultural Academic Center. Renovation is expected to be complete spring 2008.

LarsonAllen’s St. Cloud office recruits on the St. Cloud State campus every September, competing for interns and graduates who are in great demand, LeClaire said.

"It is very important that we recruit locally," he said.

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