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Chicago, Illinois

  • Healthcare
  • Technology and telecommunications
  • Not-for-profit and higher education
Service Experience
  • Audit
  • Employee benefit plan audits
  • Private company audit

Cassie Crist




Executive summary

As a Managing Director in Grant Thornton's Chicago office, Cassie is responsible for providing expert corporate and benefit plan audit services for clients throughout the country. She oversees a portfolio of audit engagements and the teams assigned to them and also promotes interaction and cooperation among the audit team and other service lines (such as SOX / internal controls, SSAE16 / SOC reporting, and tax compliance and provisions) involved with the engagements. Cassie’s industry experience is focused within the Consumer Industrial Products, Technology and Employee Benefit Plan Assurance Practices.

Cassie has over 15 years leading both employee benefit plan audit engagements as well as corporate audit engagements for clients in the technology, life-sciences, consumer industrial products and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to re-joining Grant Thornton in 2019, Cassie was an audit partner and employee benefit plan leader with Holtzman Partners in Austin, Texas.

Cassie is also a national executive sponsor and local office champion for Grant Thornton’s Veteran’s Business Resource Group.



Professional qualifications and memberships

  • Licensed CPA in the states of Illinois and Texas 
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Illinois 
  • CPA Society Texas Society of CPAs



Community involvement

  • Grant Thornton Representative for the Alzheimer's Association Accounting Industry Leadership Council




  • Cassie received a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Indiana University, Purdue University – Fort Wayne


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