John F. Trudeau, CPA
There are not enough kind words to describe the many endearing qualities of our friend, John. He will long be remembered by his family and friends, as well as his many clients and his legacy will live on through the staff at John Trudeau & Co., P.A
In loving memory
After graduating with a Business Degree from the College of St. Thomas, John gained fours years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant working for Sands, Rust & Company and Olson & Barta, LTD. John began working for Whitehead's Accounting Firm on the East Side of St. Paul, and saw opportunity ahead when he learned Louis Whitehead was interested in selling his business and retiring. Less than three years later the business changed hands and became John Trudeau & Co., P.A.
Working with numbers seems to run in the Trudeau genes. John's two brothers are also CPA's and his father headed St. Paul's Finance Department for many years. Born on the East Side of St Paul, John graduated from Hill Murray High School.
When John first took over the business, services included tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll preparation, Financial Statements and tax planning. However, at the inception of legalized gambling in the State of Minnesota, John saw an opportunity to grow the business and learned all he could about the tax laws and procedures that pertained to non-profit charitable gambling organizations. Today, the firm of John Trudeau & Co., P.A. is well known for representing and providing services for an ever increasing amount of non-profit charitable gambling organizations.
Tax time means working extra hours and in the beginning John typically worked seven days a week. He didn't mind as he loved the work, the contact with people and the unlimited potential to grow the business. As the years passed, he may not have had to work Sunday's, but his determination, intellect and winning personality made the business continue to flourish. John believed family came first and he passed that directive on to his employees. He knew it was far easier to make up the work than to try to deal with a family issue from work. It turned out his caring ways actually benefited the company, promoting loyalty and making employees more inclined to work longer and harder because he empathized with their issues. When the business finally ran out of space on East 7th Street in St Paul, John Trudeau & Co., P.A. moved to their current location in Lake Elmo. That he moved his business to the small community of Lake Elmo was no mere coincidence, as several years prior, John had made it his home.