Ed Brooks is the Principal-In-Charge at DHJJ’s St. Charles office. With over 30 years of experience, he brings a lifelong passion for understanding what drives success in business to his role helping entrepreneurial clients and company leaders. Ed serves closely held businesses, maintaining a focus on assisting those in the manufacturing, distribution and industrial sectors.
Ed’s solutions to business challenges rely on his big picture approach based on analysis of key factors of success, coupled with accumulated business acumen. He utilizes this deep understanding to function as his clients’ quarterback, taking care of routine tax and compliance responsibilities while managing the initiatives that help their businesses grow.
Originally from the Wrigleyville area, Ed grew up in Northlake, Illinois and now calls St. Charles home. He earned a Bachelors of Accounting at Elmhurst College. In addition, Ed is a CPA with a Profit and Value Certification for Closely Held Business. He serves the local business community as an Ambassador for the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, where he is a member of the group’s finance committee. Ed is the immediate Past Chair of the Executive Board of the United Way of Kane County and the current Treasurer of the Kane County Bar Foundation. Professional memberships include the AICPA, the Illinois CPA Society and The Technology & Manufacturing Association.
Family is an important part of Ed’s life; he has been married to his wife Carole since 1981 and is the father of two adult children. He enjoys playing hockey, fishing, running and travelling to the nation’s magnificent National Parks as often as possible.
- Ed may be the only CPA in the history of finance who doesn’t take much of an interest in golf. He does, however, play some serious hockey.
- Besides hockey, Ed holds two other deep passions: fishing and craft beer. Some might go so far as to call them obsessions.
- As a child, Ed was completely convinced he would one day play shortstop for the Chicago Cubs. Though it didn’t pan out, he remains a diehard Cubbies fan.