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Our Firm

For years, Cole, Newton & Duran has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

Cole, Newton & Duran is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Cole, Newton & Duran is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Cole, Newton & Duran receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

ARTHUR R. COLE, CPA (734) 427-2030

MICHELLE BRACEY, CPA (734) 427-2030

KAREN CAMERON (734) 427-2030

MICHELLE CONQUEST (734) 427-2030

JULIA FILIPOWICZ, CPA (734) 427-2030

SUSAN GARDYNIK, CPA (734) 427-2030

AMY GIBSON, CPA (734) 427-2030

JOAN HURSEY, EA (734) 427-2030

JAMES HUSBAND, CPA, MST (734) 427-2030

DANIEL JOPPICH, CPA (734) 427-2030

MARIA KEIFER (734) 427-2030

VALERIE KRIMMER, CPA (734) 427-2030

JEANNE LICHT (734) 427-2030

DIANNE McCULLOCH, EA (734) 427-2030

KAREN MEADOWS (734) 427-2030

KAREN MONTAMBEAU, CPA (734) 427-2030

JOYCE MURDOCK, EA, MST (734) 427-2030

PARE (PARIS) POTIVEJKUL (734) 427-2030

DENISE RUSS (734) 427-2030


eshhulz@cndcpa.con (734) 427-2030

AMY SMITH (734) 427-2030

JAMES VAN HORN III, CPA (734) 427-2030

KAY WITHERS (734) 427-2030

Former Staff Members of Note


KENNETH G. DURAN, CPA, Retired as of June 30, 2011

Shortly after graduating in 1962 with a BS in Accounting from WayneStateUniversity and receiving a CPA certification from the State of Michigan, Ken Duran opened his own CPA practice. His expertise in public accounting is attributed to his work with the construction industry, non-profit organizations, real estate development, professional practices and wholesale sales. Also, as the Vice-President of Finance for a regional air freight carrier, Ken experienced the private accounting arena. His position with Cole, Newton & Duran granted Ken the opportunity to work person to person with his clients. Ken is member of the MACPA and the AICPA, the Rotary Club of Livonia and the MACPA's Small Practitioners West-Metro Group.

A. RUSSELL LUNN, CPA Retired as of February, 2012

Russ is one of the founders of the firm. He graduated from the University of Alabama and passed the CPA exam in 1957. Russ has been in public accounting in Michigan since 1955 and opened his own firm in 1967. He serves clients in the fields of taxation, auditing and technological implementation for small businesses.

Russ has served as a director of the Livonia Rotary Club and has served the Livonia community as a Director of the Chamber of Commerce. He is a lifetime member of the AICPA and the MACPA. Over the years, Russ has also donated much of his time to the Boy Scouts as a leader.

RICHARD PERCY NEWTON, CPA, CFP ;  April 7, 1938 – April 17, 2008

In July of 1989 Dick Newton, Ken Duran, and Russ Lunn started the firm of Lunn, Newton and Duran, Inc. In 1995 Dick became a Certified Financial Planner and started Executive Financial Services, Inc. with these same two partners. In 2001 Lunn, Newton & Duran became Cole, Newton & Duran, and Dick became sole owner of Executive Financial Services. Dick's clients were also his friends; he cared deeply about their welfare and he was meticulous in his efforts for them. Some of us worked with Dick for many years, and some of us just a short time, but all of us appreciated his positive attitude and his kindness to everyone. He taught us about facing adversity with courage and style and the importance of savoring life in all it's different aspects. We are grateful for many wonderful memories. Dick Newton is deeply missed.