Robert likes to say he's not a typical accountant: "I came into accounting after having lived some life and having traveled some career paths. I think that allows me to potentially understand clients differently than someone who's been in that profession their entire career."
"I've been a small business owner (a proprietor, a partner and a corporate shareholder), I've worked as an employee, had rental property, dealt with family finance issues - overall, I think I understand what things are like for my clients. My team also has great real world experience. That doesn't mean better answers than other accountants, I just think we can provide comfort that we know how our clients see the world. We can add value to the people and businesses we work with because of our training and experience. I think of it as us being part of different teams trying to achieve success together. That's an exciting part of what makes me love what we do."
Robert is a B.C. boy. He has lived and worked in several countries, including Australia, Singapore and the USA, however, he’s lived most of his life in Kelowna. He finished high school here, then joined the family’s restaurant business. During this time, Burger Baron grew to 4 locations, won many awards, and offered a great “business bootcamp” experience.
In 1997, he went on to pursue education and work contracts with leading global hotel firms. Robert eventually moved into Finance as a Stockbroker, and then as an Accountant.
Robert earned a Masters in Professional Accounting and had an excellent career with the Auditor General of British Columbia. However, his desire to be connected to real people’s lives and businesses ultimately won out. In January 2010, Robert returned to Kelowna to join the partnership of Schneider Sample Ohlmann.
In January 2016, Robert started Ohlmann & Associates. “We have great clients, great professional colleagues in the community, and a GREAT team. “We get to work hard making a difference for people every day. That’s a unique thing and we are privileged to have the opportunity to do that!”
Robert’s non working time is focused heavily on his family - his wife Sonja and their 2 young sons. They love to play football, ski and enjoy games and movies together. Their household prioritizes laughter. They are a family of travelers but all agree home is the best place to be.
Robert supports various causes. He gives back to his community by volunteering at his children’s school, his church and coaching with Kelowna Minor Football.
Dean joined the team in January 2016. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Dean completed his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Regina and spent time articling with a larger CA firm in Prince Albert. Kelowna has been home to Dean and his family for the last 25 years now and it is here where he moved his career into the private sector as a controller, before returning to public practice with Ohlmann & Associates.
He is responsible for the preparation of corporate year ends as well as income tax returns for both corporations and individuals, and assists on the firm’s trust assurance engagements. Dean believes in continuing education to perform at a higher and more knowledgeable level of service to clients.
While actively involved at the Board level of Kelowna Minor Football, Dean also coaches his son’s flag and tackle teams, and likes to spend his free time traveling and pursuing the outdoors with friends and family.
Dean is also a life member of the Kelowna Kinsmen club and was a finalist for the 1998 Fred Macklin Memorial Award (City of Kelowna - Volunteer of the Year).
Janice assists Ohlmann & Associates as a Senior Accounting Technician contractor, alongside managing her own consulting business.
Janice has been in the bookkeeping/accounting field since 1987, working with a wide range of CPAs, as well as both private and non-profit businesses. She and Robert have worked together since 2010.
She has volunteered with many groups, including the Kelowna Hospital Foundation, Kelowna Catholic School Board and Whizzbang.
Multiple generations of Janice’s family have been born in the Kelowna General Hospital, starting with her mom, herself and her 3 children – truly a Kelowna girl.
Janice loves kayaking, photography and traveling.
In September 2014, Esther moved from her beautiful country, Venezuela, and now feels it is privilege to call the Okanagan Valley home. She holds a Bachelor Degree of Public Accountancy from the University of Carabobo, and joined the team in 2017 with skill, determination, and a friendliness appreciated by all.
Esther enjoys interacting with both people and numbers, skills that assisted her during her time as a university Mathematics tutor, as well as with PRODUVISA, a large Venezuelan corporation. In addition, local agricultural employment has allowed her to showcase her excellent skills in business and administration.
Esther believes in the importance of teamwork, accuracy, attention to detail and good planning for successful work results.
As a Caribbean girl, Esther likes beaches, sunny days & riding her bicycle. She also likes meeting new people from other places and learning about different cultures.
Esther also enjoys spending time with children, particularly her three nieces back in Venezuela. Despite many miles of distance between them, thanks to technology, she feels as though they are just next door. Weekly, Esther studies and prepares lessons for her Sunday school Bible class, where she teaches the preschool class.