Michael (Mike) T. Allen, CPA, MBA
Principal-in-Charge of Phoenix Office, Audit & Assurance Practice
Mike is an Audit & Assurance Principal and currently serving as Principal-in-Charge of REDW’s Phoenix office. With a long and successful career focused on strategic planning, organizational development, and financial and operations management, he works to support his clients’ success by the direct expansion of their core business activities and products, and by the proactive management of operations and relationships.
He has particular expertise in organizational matters, on-site management assignments, capital formation, investor representation, financial integration, government negotiations and relations, and contract negotiations.
Besides serving as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico, Mike is an experienced trainer on a wide range of topics, including technical subjects geared toward a particular industry or issue. He has also served as an independent moderator for team-building and strategic planning and decision-making meetings.
Prior to joining REDW as a Principal, Mike spent 15 years as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Member of RAM Holdings, LLC, which managed a tribally-owned casino in Louisiana. Mike exercised complete responsibility for all operational aspects of RAM Holdings, LLC, including fiscal matters, administrative duties, and financial planning and management.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Mike was a Partner and Director of Erickson Allen PC, CPAs, a closely held public accounting firm that he helped grow from a start-up operation to a multi-million dollar business, ranked as one of largest in Albuquerque.
Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University
Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Mike is a Certified Public Accountant.
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- Initiated, planned and led several off-site strategic planning meetings for the Tribal Council of a tribally-owned casino in Louisiana
- Prepared and delivered annual review presentations to the entire Native American community in Louisiana
- Served as guest lecturer on several topics related to accounting and business management for the Falmouth Institute
In May 2020, Mike was elected to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) Executive Committee; the PCPS Executive Committee guides programs to help improve the quality of services and operating success of PCPS member firms. It also is a conduit between PCPS/AICPA staff and current practitioners on professional and technical issues.
In June 2019, Mike was selected by the Arizona State Treasurer to serve on its Task Force on Financial Literacy; the Task Force examines opportunities and actions that can be taken to further financial literacy in Arizonan communities, particularly among children, teens and seniors.
Mike was previously elected Board Chair of the Arizona Society of CPAs (for the 2018-19 term). Prior to that, he served as the Board’s Secretary/Treasurer, as well as on the Association’s Nominating, Executive and Investment Committees, and its Foundation Board.
He has served on the Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish Foundation – Albuquerque, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the New Futures School for parenting teens. He is also a graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Albuquerque.