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Jim Tencza

Jim Tencza, CPA, CIA, CGMA

Assurance Director

  • Role

    Assurance Director

  • Service

    Risk Management, Audit and Assurance

  • Industry

    Energy & Natural Resources, Manufacturing & Distribution, Nonprofit & Government


  • Louisville, KY

  • Direct Line: 502.566.1071

Professional Experience

Jim has worked in public accounting since 1990 with a focus on providing assurance, audit (internal and external), accounting, and business advisory services to organizations of various sizes and industries. He is the firm’s Louisville Market Leader, as well as leader of the firm’s internal audit services. Prior to joining Dean Dorton, he had 19 years of experience with global accounting firms and became a partner with Ernst & Young in 2005. At Ernst & Young, he worked extensively with public companies and large private companies with multiple locations and international operations.

Jim has extensive experience in dealing with complex accounting, financial reporting, and auditing issues, including purchase accounting, consolidations, divestitures, impairments, and unusual transactions. At Dean Dorton, he often serves as the engagement quality reviewer on audits, ensuring that significant judgments and conclusions made by the engagement team are appropriate. He also provides a final review of financial statements prior to issuance.

Jim’s internal audit experience includes providing co-sourced and outsourced internal services, internal audit director responsibilities, risk assessments, and numerous consulting engagements, many of which included developing policies and procedures to strengthen internal controls. He has worked closely with management of audit committees of public companies to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act or J-SOX.

Jim is a member of several of our industry teams, including manufacturing, energy and natural resources, nonprofit, and governmental organizations.

Jim has public speaking experience on topics such as internal auditing, risk management, risk assessments, internal controls, corporate governance, as well as AICPA, FASB, SEC, and PCAOB updates.

Professional Activities

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • The Institute of Internal Auditors

Community Involvement

  • Leadership Louisville, Class of 2007
  • Trinity High School, Board Member
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Member of the Louisville Chapter


Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, 1989, Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky

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