The Milestone Approach

We are making a difference for the entrepreneurs out there making a difference every day.

Milestone is not your typical professional services firm. We believe in true business partnerships that make life easier, provide the best information to make smarter decisions, and help clients build successful companies.

Our team is your team, and our model is simple: You get decades of executive-level leadership at a fraction of the cost of a full-time resource. Because every business deserves access to strategy and expertise, no matter their size.

We partner with your business to provide the best possible answers facing your business today, tomorrow, and down the line.

We are the trusted HR and Accounting partner for businesses of all sizes and specialties

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“Milestone has been a great partner for our growing company. We initially engaged them to help us identify gaps in our HR infrastructure, but it quickly evolved into a recurring role for both Accounting and HR support. They help us think strategically about our back office functions and how to leverage them to help us achieve our goals as a company.”

Giselle Hale COO – Political Data, Inc.

“We use Milestone for both our HR and Accounting functions and they are incredible. They helped us build the infrastructure we were missing, but more importantly helped position us strategically to get to the next level. I would recommend Milestone to anyone looking to transform their back office functions into a competitive advantage.”

Chase Flashman Co-Founder & CEO – ShipSights

“When we launched our company, we turned to Milestone to cover our back office needs and they have been fantastic. They helped us get our HR and Accounting infrastructure in place so that we could focus on growing our business. Milestone is a great resource for start-up and scale-up companies.”

Jim Koepke Managing Director – Insider US

At Milestone our core values are more than just words, it’s who we are. They form the foundation of our firm and serve to guide us in building relationships with clients, team members, and partners. We call them our Core4.

Service

We are committed to do what’s best for our clients, for each other, for our business, and for our community. With each client and project, we demonstrate this commitment by going the extra mile in everything we do, providing value that exceeds expectation, and helping one another realize our goals and potential. We also understand the importance of serving our community and strive to leave the world a little better than we found it.

Leadership

We have a deep respect and admiration for entrepreneurs. After all, we’re entrepreneurs ourselves. So, like the business leaders we work with, we are innovative, forward-thinking, and dedicated to creative problem-solving. We are leading the way in vetting new technology and providing expert guidance to our clients, all while creating a framework that allows us to grow and develop new leaders from within.

Integrity

Who we are is just as important as what we achieve. We approach each client and every situation with honesty, integrity, and a firm code of ethics. We “practice what we preach” and apply this same code of ethics to our interactions with each other.

Lifestyle

We are passionate about our clients and the value we create for them, but that’s not the whole story. We also value and respect our own personal goals for growth and development. We believe the more well-rounded, engaged and, well, “balanced” we are, the better we’re able to help our clients and each other.

Founders

Tom Gabbert CPA

Founder / CEO

Tom Gabbert has been a pioneer and thought leader in the outsourced accounting industry since 2003. He is a successful entrepreneur who loves helping fellow entrepreneurs realize their dreams. Tom understands the unique challenges of starting, growing, and exiting a business. Not only has he done it twice himself, but he has guided numerous clients over the years through successful exits. Along the way, Tom has also helped his clients raise over $250M in growth capital (seed, Series A, Series B). He has a unique background that combines extensive financial and operational experience with a proven track record of client success.

Tom is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame.

He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. He is also an avid history buff and die-hard Cubs fan.

Melissa Stout CPA, CMA

Founder / VP – Client Services

Melissa oversees client operations at Milestone. She is seasoned financial executive with over 20 years of accounting and operational experience. Her knowledge of accounting systems and integrated workflow platforms helps her utilize the latest, cutting edge tools to streamline financial operations and maximize efficiency. She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs succeed by leveraging best-in-class technology platforms with proven strategies for process improvement. Melissa has worked with a wide variety of clients, specializing in accounting and business issues unique to the software-as-a-service (SaaS) and professional services industries.

In addition to her CPA certification, Melissa is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) who holds an undergraduate degree from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, with dual majors in accounting and marketing.

​She enjoys spending time with her two children and is an avid sports fan, following the NFL and college basketball in her spare time.

Brenna Whitaker SHRM-SCP

Founder / VP – People Ops

With over 15 years of Human Resources experience, including both corporate and consulting roles, Brenna is a seasoned People Ops leader.  She excels in her ability to keep the needs and objectives of the organization top of mind while still remaining a strong advocate for the team, company culture, and strategic HR initiatives.  Prior to Milestone, Brenna served as the VP of People Ops at both mAccounting and inDinero.

Brenna is a graduate of Indiana State University and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional.

Brenna lives in Noblesville with her husband and two young children. Current hobbies include falling asleep watching Netflix and folding laundry. She hopes to develop additional hobbies when her children are older.

Todd Richardson

Founder / Advisor

Todd is passionate about employee engagement and supporting businesses through all of their people-related needs. A labor/employment and business attorney by trade, Todd began his career in private practice before becoming General Counsel and head of HR for the (then) fifth largest private residential real estate company in the U.S. Following his time in real estate, he served as EVP, Administration at ExactTarget, which was acquired by Salesforce.

​After ExactTarget, Todd went on to found, run, and consult with multiple companies, including Emplify (co-founder), Ntracts (CEO), and Cheetah Digital (Chief Administrative Officer). Todd currently serves as the CHRO and Vice President for Human Resources at Indiana University.

Leadership team

Miranda Nicholson

VP – HR Services

 

 

 

Miranda leads the HR Services practice at Milestone.  She is an accomplished HR/business executive who came to Milestone from Formstack, where she was the Senior Vice President of HR and helped build a remote-first company culture through stages of high-growth, M&A, and a successful growth equity investment. Miranda’s passion is people, their well-being and development. Her coaching mindset and powers of persuasion help her to cast a vision and rally her teams and stakeholders to achieve big things, together. 

Jill Lehman

Sr. Advisor & Client CHRO

 

 

 

As the leader of HR Strategic Services, Jill works with clients to translate business goals into tangible and effective HR strategies and programs. She helps clients build dynamic HR functions and award winning places to work.  Jill’s HR leadership spans a wide range of companies from privately held to the Fortune 50.  She has also experienced several successful exits and run her own consulting business. With her more than 25 years of HR, Operations, and M&A experience, Jill is a dynamic HR executive.

M.T. Ray

Director – Talent Acquisition Strategies

 

 

 

M.T. is an experienced HR leader who has spent her entire career focused on attracting, hiring, and retaining talent.  She played key roles in the success of multiple Tech companies, including ExactTarget (acquired by Salesforce) where she led the Global Recruiting team fueling amazing growth, as well as the first VP Talent at High Alpha, a Venture Studio launching Tech startups.  In her new role at Milestone, M.T. will partner with companies of all sizes and in different industries to develop their overall Talent Acquisition strategies, including employment branding, the candidate experience, and building internal processes to attract top talent.

Ken Turro

Director – Business Development

 

 

 

Ken is a bit of a unicorn as it relates to Milestone.  As a serial entrepreneur, Ken has had the opportunity to work closely with Tom Gabbert and several of the current Milestone team members as a client.  From this experience, he has gained a good understanding of the service model and a true appreciation for the value of good financial information.  Ken is also an experienced HR professional who has had a number of corporate HR and Operations roles.  With this background, Ken brings a unique perspective to his role as the Director of Business Development at Milestone.  

Ellen Elpers

Director – Technology Services

 

 

 

Ellen started her career in outsourced accounting as a staff accountant working closely with Melissa Stout, and quickly rose through ranks to emerge as the leader of the Technology Services group.  Ellen has the rare combination of strong technical accounting skills, a good understanding of and aptitude for technology, and an engaging leadership style.  In her role at Milestone, Ellen works closely with clients and fellow team members to leverage best-in-class technology tools to improve processes and drive efficiency. 

A refreshingly forward-thinking approach to the fundamentals

Accounting Services

Accounting services for everything your business needs to stay on track and plan for the future. Learn more about our Accounting Services.

HR Services

Your HR partner to manage everything from day-to-day programs to business-changing strategies. Learn more about our HR Services.

Payroll Services

The expertise you need to ensure timely and accurate payroll processing and a good employee experience.  Learn more about our Payroll Services

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