Joshua Bream, MBA, MSA, CPA, CFE

Director, Chicago


Joshua joined PKF Mueller in 2014 after a 15-year career in private industry that included roles in management and operational compliance for several Fortune 500 companies. Joshua worked extensively with customer-facing and back-end internal control and financial operations impacting both the retail and banking sectors. Some of his experience involves:

  • Internal audit
  • Inventory management
  • Internal control reviews and assessments
  • Cash management and forecasting
  • AML, OFAC, FDIC and fair lending compliance

As part of PKF Mueller’s assurance practice, Joshua leads attestation engagements primarily for construction, manufacturing, and not-for-profit clients. Joshua also performs consulting engagements related to internal controls and forensic assessments. As a member of PKF Mueller’s Quality Control Group, Joshua plays a crucial role in designing and monitoring effective internal controls over compliance for the Firm. Joshua is also involved with PKF International, an international network of CPAs, and serves on the Firm’s accounting and audit, risk advisory services, and not-for-profit committees.

Joshua is passionate about not-for-profit organizations and is a lead member of PKF Mueller’s Not-For-Profit Group. The group is focused on being at the forefront of emerging issues facing not-for-profits and ensures the success of PKF Mueller’s not-for-profit clients. Joshua is a frequent presenter and has provided continuing education courses on topics impacting not-for-profit organizations internally, at client locations, and for the Illinois CPA Society. Additionally, he serves on the Illinois CPA Society’s Not-for-Profit Organization’s Committee as the Chair of the accounting and auditing subcommittee.


  • B.A., Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.B.A., Finance, Benedictine University, Illinois
  • CPA Preparation Certificate Program, Northwestern University, Illinois
  • M.S., Accounting, University of Connecticut
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant, Illinois
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Certification

Professional & Civic Organizations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Member
  • Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS), Member
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Member
  • ICPAS Not-For-Profit Organization’s Committee, Member
  • ICPAS Not-For-Profit Organization’s Accounting and Auditing Subcommittee, Chair