Meet the Team: Chris Arndt

Chris Arndt, Director & Founder

How did you end up working with Red Granite and ORBA? What path brought you here? Chris Arndt - Founder

Throughout my career, I have always loved helpings others. So, when I got the itch to start my own company (i.e., Red Granite), I received great advice to focus on what I love doing. I have enjoyed every day for the past six years because I get to help our clients grow and succeed, and I get to help our team grow and be more awesome every day.

However, as we began to grow with our clients, I realized that we could be doing so much more for them.  So, I began to think about finding a firm that would be a complementary fit with our client base. I already had a good working relationship with ORBA at that time, so I was excited when they were interested in joining forces.

Because we focus on working with fast-growing companies, we knew this required a higher level of touch with our clients as they are always changing. We felt that ORBA was the perfect fit for us and our clients as they also provide a higher level of touch with their strategic tax and consulting services.

And the rest, as they say, is history!

What’s your area of expertise? 

Besides being an accounting nerd, I’m also a data and technology geek at heart. I think my expertise is taking large sets of data and turning it into actionable information for our team and clients.

What gets you excited about growing ORBA’s Cloud Services Group?

Besides my earlier answer on why I started my own company, I also get excited knowing that we are at the forefront of a shift in how businesses see their accounting team. Technology has automated much of the data entry now, so that’s a commodity. Accounting isn’t someone hammering away on their ten key behind a closed door. Instead, our progressive clients see the real value of our accounting is in the information we glean and the story we can tell about their business based upon the accounting data.

Where did you grow up?

Wausau, WI

Favorite lunch spot?

Protein Bar for most days, but Au Cheval for a burger when I want to indulge.

Weekend hang out?

Montrose Ave. Beach to play some volleyball.

Three words to describe you are:

Transparent, Hard-working, Patient

What song best describes your work ethic?

One thing no one could guess just by looking at you:

I was (still am?) a sucker for 90’s boy bands. I used to sing and pretend I was part of *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. Ok TMI!

Three things you think are awesome:

My wife for putting up with me; My two boys for making me smile; Green Bay Packers (because I’m from Wisco).

Favorite Quote/Personal Motto?

Fail fast.

Best accounting joke?

Anything from The Far Side is always funny!

Meet the Team

I can’t get enough of ____________.


I’m a hard-hitting critic of______.

People that are passive aggressive. Just tell it to me straight!

Truth. How do you actually feel about math?

I forget how to do all math I was taught, but at least I know Excel!

If you could live in anyone’s shoes for a day it would be:

My grandpa, so I could relive all of the places he traveled with my grandma.

What is the last picture you took with your phone?

My one-year-old son trying to drink from my bottle of beer.

The start of the new year means exciting new changes for Red Granite.  Beginning January 1, you’ll also find us online at now that we’re part of one of Chicago’s most prestigious CPA firms, Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Ltd.  While we’re saying goodbye to our old website and company name soon, we want you to know that we’re still right here to serve all your bookkeeping, accounting, and strategic financial needs. In fact, with our ORBA colleagues, we’re positioned to offer you an expanded array of state-of-the-art services.  So set your sights high for 2017 and sign up to receive our latest blogs and newsletters.  Visit us today, we’re looking forward to welcoming you!

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