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

Partner, Elgin


Drent is an Audit Partner with over 18 years of public accounting experience. He has extensive experience providing assurance services to 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 Risk and Controls practice. In this practice he has performed internal control related services for clients in the technology, financial services, payroll processing, debt collections, treasury and cash management, and automated document factory industries. Drent’s engagement experience as a member of PKF Mueller includes:

  • Financial statement audits, reviews, and compilations
  • Due diligence engagements for mergers and acquisitions
  • 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, 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
  • Series 7 Exam, 2016
  • 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)