Mel is the president of LB Carlson, and the managing partner of the Minneapolis office. Mel’s public accounting experience spans more than 30 years. During that time, Mel has become a specialist in assisting clients in the manufacturing, graphic arts and professional services industries.
Provides management advisory services in business organization and long-term business planning
Has assisted numerous clients with mergers and acquisitions
Involved in traditional and nontraditional accounting, including entity planning and financing assistance
Assists business owners with a variety of tax and management consulting issues
Provides litigation support and expert testimony
Has conducted numerous seminars on forecasting, business planning and operations reviews
TOUR: Wilkie Sanderson
Wilkie Sanderson has been creating unique wood products since 1975, when Ronald and Dianne Schmitz bought Gruba Cabinets in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. Gruba had three employees and $50,000 in sales that year, specializing in residential cabinetry. In 1976, the company changed its name to Ron’s Cabinets and grew to $80,000 in sales. Three years later, it moved into the present 55,000-square-foot location on Summit Avenue, just a block west of Highway 10. Surviving the building recession of the early 1980s, it expanded into the commercial market, and by 1997, commercial casegoods and millwork had become 75 percent of sales.
That same year, Walter Wilkie and Marc Sanderson purchased Ron’s Cabinets and began a gradual shift in focus to serve the commercial market exclusively through the newly named Wilkie Sanderson company. Today, commercial architectural woodworking is all we do, managing projects well beyond Minnesota’s borders. In 2003, they invested in equipment and training for solid surface fabrication, making Wilkie Sanderson one of only six certified Minnesota architectural woodworking firms to fabricate its own solid surface materials. Currently they are the largest custom Architectural Woodworking Institute firm in the state, with 90 skilled workers.