About Ludwig

EXPERTS LED BY A FINANCIAL PRO

With Ludwig, you benefit from the combined experience of highly qualified CFOs, CPAs, and controllers, supported by a solid network of financial professionals in all accounting areas. Led by Phyllis A. Ludwig, a CPA with an executive MBA, and former global auditor, Phyllis has unique insights into the financial challenges facing companies and top executives.

Our Leadership Team

Phyllis A. Ludwig, CPA/EMBA

President

Phyllis A. Ludwig, CPA/EMBA

Phyllis founded Ludwig Business Consultants to fulfill a lifelong, entrepreneurial dream to inspire confidence in others to achieve their highest potential.  Beginning with her first business client on March 5th of 2002, Phyllis has grown the firm into a full-service, cutting-edge outsourced accounting practice.

Phyllis is a graduate of The Catholic University of America where she earned her degrees in Accounting and Economics. She received her Executive MBA from the Temple University Fox School of Business where she was awarded the Dean’s Certificate of Excellence. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

With a 30 year history of strengthening and improving the results of organizations, and backed by her foundational experience as an auditor with Arthur Andersen in Washington, D.C., Phyllis continues to effectively lead, develop, and execute strategic plans.  She is an expert in implementing internal financial management reporting systems and is experienced with external bank, government, tax, and audit relationships.  Leading by example, she strives for excellence in the firm’s outsourced accounting services and is proud to be a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC).

Phyllis is active in her community and is both a participant and a supporter of the arts. She resides in Maple Glen, PA with her husband Ray.  They enjoy frequent visits to the beach and spending time with their two adult children.

What unusual skills or talents do you have that makes you an Individual?

I am a red-headed Italian.  It is nearly impossible to hide in a crowd when you have red hair! And no one ever guesses my 100% Italian heritage.

I am a musician and enjoy playing the piano and singing as a mezzo soprano.  You can call me a Broadway fanatic.  Still waiting for my Tony!

What is the best thing about your job?

I love knowing that I am making a direct impact on others on a daily basis. I thoroughly enjoy the collaboration with our team and with our clients. No two days are ever the same.  It is exciting to provide confidence, through numbers, to our clients and to watch their excitement as they grow their businesses.

Kathryn Preis Pompe

Director - Client Services

Kathryn Preis Pompe

Kathryn joined Ludwig Business Consultants in 2018 as a Controller and was quickly promoted to Director – Client Services.  Kathryn is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of accounting experience in service, manufacturing, and non-profit organizations.  Kathryn is accomplished in accounting & systems process, process re-engineering, optimization and change management.  She is a successful Project Management Organization member on several ERP system implementations (Oracle, SAP, QuickBooks) as well as being actively hands-on in the process.

A New Jersey native, Kathryn currently lives in Eagleville with her husband and two children.  She enjoys cooking, golfing and genealogy.

What unusual skills or talents do you have that makes you an Individual?

I am a flexible, adaptable, innovative, intuitive self-starter with a highly-driven and motivated work ethic to achieve. Give me any project and I will turn it into an organized process.

What is the best thing about your job?

I enjoy the collaboration at Ludwig.  The collective experience and talent of the team along with the flexibility everyone demonstrates ensures a positive client experience.

The diversity and uniqueness of our clients is exciting.  The ability for us to tailor our services to the needs of the client is exceptional.

What is your ideal vacation?

Family time at our Pocono vacation home. Favorite vacation ever was to Turks & Caicos.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

I would be the “Organizer”.  I cannot stand clutter or lack of process – it is confusing and distracting for everyone involved.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

My favorite ice cream is chocolate custard.

Lanette R. Bigley

Controller/QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Lanette R. Bigley

Lanette joined Ludwig Business Consultants in 2015 and brings over 40 years of experience and a QuickBooks certification to her position as a Controller at Ludwig.  Lanette is an expert in transactional accounting, multitasking, and prioritizing to ensure deadlines are met to give our clients the utmost quality of service.  A Nebraska native, she moved to the Philadelphia area to further her studies and currently resides in Harleysville with her husband and son.

In her free time, Lanette volunteers at her church in the AWANA group and VBS with the 3-6 year old children.  She is an avid painter, painting on rocks, patio tiles and picnic tables and also enjoys gardening and needlepointing.

What unusual skills or talents do you have that makes you an Individual?

I have the patience to handle any task and a willingness to work through the bumps.   Because of my artist ability, I think that I can see differently and look outside a box to find unique ways to find a work around for a project at hand.   This enables my clients to see what they need as well as staying within the rules of accounting.  I am willing to do whatever it takes to make it right.

What is the best thing about your job?

I love working with Phyllis and our unique team!  We all work well together with the one common goal of meeting our clients’ needs.  I also enjoy visiting our client locations to understand their work and environments to see we can.

What is your ideal vacation?

Just being able to unplug and unwind in a garden chair along the shady side of a lake with a log cabin in the background while reading a mystery novel or love story!

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

Time travel — where you can go anywhere without restrictions or needing to worry about what time it is.  Do not want to miss anything.

Thomas Saris, MBA

Controller

Thomas Saris, MBA

Thomas Saris joined Ludwig Business Consultants in 2017 as a Senior Accountant and quickly rose to a Controller position.  Thomas brings his entrepreneurial spirit and solid understanding of all aspects of business to the firm.  A son of two doctors, Thomas followed a different path and received a Bachelors in Science Business Administration – Entrepreneurship & Marketing, a Master of Business Administration – Business Analytics and a Post Masters Advanced Business Certification – Accounting, all from Drexel University.  He is furthering his education by working towards his CPA license.

Thomas grew up in Lower Merion and currently lives in the Filter’s Square section of Philadelphia.  In his spare time, Thomas enjoys homebrewing, beekeeping, woodworking and building cornhole boards.

What unusual skills or talents do you have that makes you an Individual?

  • I have had a motorcycle license for over 10 years, but I have never owned a motorcycle!
  • I lived in the interior of Alaska…twice!
  • I know the answer to the question, “Is a hot dog a sandwich?”
  • I was once told by a Lyft driver I could “sell ice to an Eskimo”!
  • I’ve never had braces, yet I still have the best smile in the room!

What is the best thing about your job?

It is hard to run a successful business. We hear about the tremendous stress and the immense sacrifice involved in building a business all the time. Yet, despite all of that, people driven by a mission or purpose make the choice to take the leap into starting a business. In our job, I work directly with those spirited individuals, hear their stories, understand their passion. That is a truly exciting and satisfying. By us helping them build a successful business we are often helping them make their mission a reality.

What is your ideal vacation?

As a kid my family would travel all the time. My parents had a strict schedule.  There was tons of stress about getting to everything on the itinerary.  We would get lost, fight with each other and refuse to carry all the luggage.  Traveling is my nightmare.

Now, my ideal vacations involves little planning, no itinerary, minimum travel time, warm weather, and lots of sitting very still preferably in a beach chair with a large supply of cold beverages.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

Telekinesis. Every superpower can be performed with Telekinesis. Flying? Check. Stop time? Check. Healing? Check. It is the one super power that can do anything that any other power could do and more.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

My favorite ice cream is Vanilla soft serve with rainbow jimmies… (it’s jimmies, not sprinkles).

Megan M. Maerten

Financial Accountant

Megan M. Maerten

Megan Maerten joined Ludwig Business Consultants in 2018. Megan is an integral part of the team and brings 10 years of experience to her position as a Financial Accountant at Ludwig. Megan supports financial decision-making information by collecting, analyzing, investigating, and reporting financial data.

Born in central PA, she moved to Pottstown with her husband 8 years ago. Megan enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors. When she is not outside, you can find her in the kitchen trying new recipes. Megan also loves the theater.

What unusual skills or talents do you have that makes you an Individual?

I am a big picture thinker with the ability to process information quickly and solve problems.

What is the best thing about your job?

Every day, I have the opportunity to positively impact our clients and their businesses. It’s very rewarding to know I make a difference.

What is your ideal vacation?

My husband and I love to vacations at the beach.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

Flying – who doesn’t want to be able to fly?

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Salty Caramel Truffle

 

Jane V. Mease, MBA

Senior Analyst

Jane V. Mease, MBA

Jane Mease joined Ludwig Business Consultants in 2018 as a Senior Analyst with more than 20 years of experience in managing corporate wide budget and forecast processes, preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual internal financial reporting, variance analysis, KPIs, and providing reports to Boards of Directors. Jane received her MBA in Finance at the Fox School of Business at Temple University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Gwynedd Mercy University. Jane’s zeal for continuous learning makes her an integral part of the Ludwig Team.

Jane currently resides in Schwenksville and she has a daughter at Georgetown University. She enjoys being with friends and family, shopping and reading.

What unusual skills or talents do you have that makes you an Individual?

My shopping skills – being able to get the most value for the least cost.

Also my perpetually sunny disposition.

What is the best thing about your job?

I would have to say working with Phyllis and the team at Ludwig Business Consultants is the best thing about my job. They are a very cohesive and collaborative group.

What is your ideal vacation?

My ideal vacation is somewhere warm where I can relax, read a book, do some (maybe lots) of shopping and some tourist type things.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

My superpower would be the ability to teleport from one place to another. This would save so much transportation time.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate – is there any other flavor?

We are relentlessly results-driven

The Ludwig team has a proven track record for improving the results of a wide range of businesses and organizations. We work either remotely or on-site to provide customized solutions to the unique needs of your company.

Excellence sets us apart

We are committed to a standard of EXCELLENCE. It is what sets us apart.

We understand that internal and external stakeholders have very different goals.  Ludwig knows how to satisfy both.  Think of us as the bridge between your internal accounting needs and external compliance requirements.

Our Affilations

We also have a wide range and impressive credentials of important affiliations including:

                          

We view accounting challenges through the lens of outsourced objectivity.

Because no two businesses are alike, we customize our solutions to the unique needs of your company.

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