85 Years of Building and Preserving Wealth

A vision for prosperity, since 1933

David Flagel

In Flagel Huber Flagel’s case, much of the firm’s successful philosophy was embodied in a young, intelligent man who graduated from college right in the depths of the Great Depression. It’s by understanding this young man, Dave Flagel, that you understand why Flagel Huber Flagel is the great company it is today!

Dave worked for a firm of CPAs in New York City while attending college at NYU and expected that to turn into a full-time job after graduation. However, the Great Depression got in the way, and there were no jobs available. So, he returned to Dayton and started his own accounting firm, literally walking door to door to recruit clients.

His billing rate on his first engagement was six dollars for a half day, and twelve dollars for the whole day. From the beginning, Dave offered something extra: he sat down with his clients and reviewed their financial information, making suggestions to improve their financial position. Dave considered this “going the extra mile.” Because of this extra effort, Dave’s client list steadily grew.

A few simple truths guided Dave’s professional life and continue to guide us today:

  • There is a right way to do everything, and it’s never difficult to do the right thing.
  • Treat everyone with respect. It matters not whether they are a multimillionaire or bankrupt. A person’s worth has nothing to do with their wealth or lack thereof.
  • It’s all about service to the client and going the extra mile.
  • Care about the client’s business as if it were your own.
  • Strive for excellence in all that you do, especially in your work, for it is your self-portrait.
  • And above all else, exceed the client’s expectations. Be helpful in every way possible.

Dave Flagel’s integrity, his foresight, and his work ethic are the foundation of our firm today.


Our Managing Partners

A Legacy of Leadership

Gerald P. Flagel, CPA

Managing Partner: 1981-1989

Gerald P. Flagel, son of David Flagel, becomes managing partner.  His skill, integrity and insight were essential to the days following our founder’s retirement.

Arthur Huber

Arthur J. Huber, CPA

Managing Partner: 1989-1992

Arthur J. Huber, partner of David Flagel, becomes managing partner in 1989.  His innovative ideas and direction helped drive the firm forward.

Louis G. Homan, CPA

Managing Partner: 1992-1996

Louis G. Homan led the firm for 4 years.  His skills as managing partner helped establish new opportunities in new industry groups.

J.R. Hochwalt, CPA

Managing Partner: 1996-2008

JR Hochwalt led the firm from 1996-2008.  This extended period of time provided stability and growth for the firm.

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