Drent J. Shields, CPA, MBA, CISA, CITP

Drent J. Shields, CPA, MBA, CISA, CITP, CM&AA®

Partner, Elgin


Drent is an Audit Partner with 20 years of public accounting experience. He has extensive experience working with clients in the manufacturing, distribution, transportation, and services industries. In addition to providing audit, review, and compilation services, Drent is the leader of PKF Mueller’s financial due diligence services, including buy-side and sell-side Quality of Earnings reporting and transaction advisory services for small to mid-market businesses. Drent’s engagement experience as a member of PKF Mueller includes:

  • Financial statement audits, reviews, and compilations
  • Quality of Earnings reporting and transaction advisory services
  • Financial forecasting and modeling
  • Income tax provision consulting
  • System and Organization Controls (SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC for Cybersecurity) examinations and consulting
  • Internal control reviews and assessments
  • Internal audit consulting
  • Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance consulting and testing
  • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

Education & Certifications

  • B.S., Finance and Management Information Systems, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2000
  • MBA, Finance, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2004
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant, IL, 2007
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), 2015
  • Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), 2021
  • Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA®), 2023
  • Series 66 Exam, 2017
  • Illinois Life Insurance License, 2017

Professional & Civic Organization

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS)
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)