MHCS Announces Appointment of Tax Principal


WEST DES MOINES, IOWA (JANUARY 20, 2021) – McGowen Hurst Clark Smith (MHCS), a certified public accounting and business advisory firm, announces the promotion of Nick Finkenauer, CPA from Tax Director to Tax Principal, effective immediately.

Nick joined MHCS in November 2012 with over 5 years of previous experience in the industry. He is originally from Sherrill, Iowa and attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he received his degree in Accounting. Nick serves in the Tax department and leads the Real Estate & Construction market at MHCS. Nick also works in partnership taxation, state and local tax (SALT), and closely held businesses.

“Nick’s leadership in the firm’s real estate practice has been key to the firm increasing its presence with metro real estate clients. We look forward to Nick becoming more involved in firm management and working with our staff and clients to meet their career and business goals,” said Managing Shareholder, Dan Schwarz, CPA/ABV.


McGowen Hurst Clark Smith (MHCS) is a Top 300 CPA and business consulting firm in the U.S. and one of the most established and largest Iowa-based CPA firms. MHCS partners with individuals and business client organizations in over 40 states among many different industries, leading in transportation and logistics, real estate and construction, health care, and not-for-profits. Beyond offering a complete range of accounting, assurance, business advisory, and tax services, MHCS brings thought leadership and effective and timely solutions in the highest quality to each client. MHCS has been recognized for a variety of awards over 70 years including Best Accounting Firm to Work For, Top Workplace in Iowa, Best Company in Iowa for Work/Life Balance, and Best Accounting Firm in Des Moines. MHCS is also an active member of ISCPA and CPAmerica, Inc. At MHCS, we have a passionate commitment to responsive personal service, and this is reflected in everything we do for you. To connect and learn more, visit