About us

Our Firm

Hickel, CPA is an accounting and tax practice established in 1984, focusing on individuals and small to mid-sized businesses.  Combining expertise, experience and the family mentality in our practice, we assure that every client receives individualized analysis and attention. Our dedication to high standards and strong work ethic is one reason our increasing client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission has always been to provide the exact level of accounting service that each specific client needs. Whether a weekly, monthly or quarterly assessment of financial position is desired, or simply an annual review and preparation of a tax return, our clients know they can count on us.  We understand that every business and individual has a unique need regarding the accounting services they desire.  We can help determine what that need is, and ensure that the services required are performed above expectations.

Our team

Ryan Hickel, CPA



Ryan, a former restuarateur, is owner and second generation licensed CPA, providing superior client experience comes second nature and a love of technology and drive for efficiency is a perfect combination for individuals and small businesses.  


Ryan resides in Manteno, IL with his wife and daughter.  He enjoys tinkering on projects and snowboarding.  

Emily Tracy, EA

Tax Preparer


Emily has extensive real estate, paralegal, and tax preparation background.  Emily joined Hickel CPA in 2022.  She has a drive for productivity and improving the client experience.  She has been an intricate piece of the Firm's process improvements and is an Enrolled Agent with the IRS.  


Emily lives in Shorewood with her husband and enjoys tyring to beat the estimated arrival time when using navigation apps in the car. 

Katie Kresse

Office Manager


Katie has a strong customer service background and is most likely the voice you will hear when calling the office. Katie, prepares sales tax returns, processes payroll, and facilitates much of the digital client communication.  She is actively expanding her knowledge of tax preparation and bookkeeping.  


Katie resides in Chicago and is loving city-life.  She enjoys the city and spending time with friends