In 2005, Brad Rauch established his first business Rauch Financial. Not as a typical number-crunching provider, but something more customer-service oriented. He wanted to provide annoyingly great customer service with unmatched personal attention.
Brad’s firm has grown to become a full-service tax, accounting and business advisory service available to individuals and small business owners in all 50 states.
In 2016, Rauch Financial acquired Cloister Tax Service based in Akron, Pa. In late 2017, the companies combined to operate under the new name Cloister Group.
With a focus on personalized service and honest value, Cloister Group has continued to build relationships that serve the unique interests of each of its clients.
Bradley A. Rauch, CPA, FHFMA, CMCP, MCSE, Principal, is a lifelong resident of southcentral PA. Brad graduated from Cedar Crest High School, and received his BS in Accounting from Elizabethtown College. Shortly after graduating, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in healthcare, insurance and banking. He then served as an Executive Management Team member, Director of Finance, and Director of Managed Care with Ephrata Community Hospital. Afterwards, he became Chief Financial Officer at a hospital owned by Tenet Healthcare, Philadelphia; and at a hospital owned by Community Health Systems, Nashville. Brad has earned recognition as Certified Managed Care Professional (CMCP) and is a Fellow with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA), its highest financial designation.
Chris Feese, Accountant
Chris earned an Associates Degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania College of Technology, and received a BS in Accounting and Business Management from Mansfield University. She immediately provided tax, accounting and bookkeeping services to small business owners and individuals. Since then, Chris has succeeded as Staff Auditor, Business Manager and Finance Director for regional municipalities. Her interest has been on safeguarding public tax dollars through sound investing, responsible spending, and using grant funds smartly. In addition, Chris has served as Tax Counselor for the elderly through the AARP/IRS program, and is a 13-year member of the Government Finance Officers Association.
When not at work, Chris enjoys her rank as a Second-Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do Karate, instructing both children and adults in the martial arts. She and members of her family have supported the community as trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).