Beyond the Numbers

Baden Gage & Schroeder navigates the numbers for its clients while adding a unique, personal touch to the equation.
Nov 3, 2022
Jennifer Blomquist
Jeffrey Crane

When the CEO of a manufacturing facility in Columbia City was ready to take some bold steps toward investing in solar energy, he turned to his accounting firm, Baden Gage & Schroeder, before making any commitments.

“They were on top of it right away and helped us figure out the solar credits when we put about 650 panels on our building,” says Jason Brooks, CEO of ChromaSource, Inc. ChromaSource produces color brochures, color strips, fan decks, color libraries and large-format color sheets for all major paint manufacturers nationally and internationally.

“Part of our decision moving forward with the panels was knowing about the tax credits. Baden made sure we completed the work within the allotted time frame in order to capitalize on the credit making a return on our green investment quickly,” says ChromaSource CFO Marci Minier. “We lean on Baden often and have had a relationship with the firm for over 15 years.”

Baden Gage & Schroeder, LLC has been headquartered in Fort Wayne since 1980, and ChromaSource is one of its long-time, valued clients.

Recognized as one of the largest certified public accounting and business consulting firms in Fort Wayne, Baden offers a broad range of services to its clients and specializes in the manufacturing and construction industries.

“I’ve had clients over the years tell me that we’re just as important to them as their doctor,” says Jeff Sanderson, Baden tax director. “I say that humbly, but also with gratitude that our clients trust us enough to confide in us as they would a doctor. When we’re working with our clients, we do have to go into some personal details that you wouldn’t necessarily share with anyone else. So much of what we do goes beyond the numbers.”

Both Sanderson and Baden’s Managing Director, Mike Ziembo, have worked closely with ChromaSource over the years and agree that honest, open and regular communication spells success for them and their clients.

“Using ChromaSource as an example, we are in constant communication with our clients,” says Ziembo. “In order to serve them, we need to understand everything about their business and what they do. There is no cookie-cutter solution. Being a trusted adviser is important and that trust has to be earned.”

“I appreciate that personal touch we get when working with Baden,” says Minier. “If we have questions, they’ll physically come out and meet with us and see our facility in action to get a better understanding of who we are and what we do. We know that with Baden we’re not just another client. Our service is personalized and they aren’t just checking off a list of bullet points.”

“In manufacturing, helping clients to understand their costs is key,” says Ziembo. “As Jason and the team at ChromaSource continue to implement automation, it changes their cost structure and pricing. They have to understand that before moving forward with investment decisions.”

“Baden has really taken the time to get to know our business, and Mike and Jeff were instrumental to me personally,” says Brooks. “They advised me on tax issues, helped to navigate the purchase of ChromaSource and to deal with operational issues as well. It’s nice to have a resource that you can bounce ideas off of as we move forward. They know our customer base and our role in the economy, and I can’t imagine continuing this endeavor without their expertise.” 

Baden Gage & Schroeder, LLC

Address: 6920 Pointe Inverness Way, Suite 300, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804

Phone: (260) 422-2551 / (800) 830-2551


Years in Business: 42

Number of Employees: 50+

Products & Services: In addition to tax and audit services, Baden also assists clients with: outsourced accounting assistance and bookkeeping, business valuation and litigation support, capital investment analysis, cost segregation studies, employee benefit plan audits, estate and succession planning, family business and estate planning, financial and cash flow projections, interim CFO and controller services, mergers & acquisitions due diligence, representation before the IRS and state agencies, research and development credits, and profitability analysis studies

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