Staying at the forefront of technology allows us to provide exceptional client service.

James A. Michalak, CPA, CITP joined Herbein in 2002 as a Manager in the Accounting & Auditing Department.  He is a Partner and serves as the firm's first Chief Information & Digital Officer.

Jim has over 35 years of experience servicing manufacturing and distribution companies, financial institutions (in areas such as audit, internal audit, asset based lending field exams) and employee benefit plan audits.

As chair of Herbein’s Internal Technology committee, Jim is responsible for ensuring the firm remains on the cutting edge in providing effective solutions to current clients.

Beyond Herbein
Jim is a technology buff and Penn State fan.

Focused On

  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Food and Beverage
  • Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Accounting & Audit
  • Asset Based Field Exams
  • Employee Benefit Plan Auditing

Education & Certifications

  • Alvernia College – B.S. degree in Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP)


  • Allinial Global – Firm Member and Speaker
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) – Member
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) – Member
  • PICPA – Member of the Employee Benefit Plan Committee and Conference Subcommittee
  • Exeter Little League – Former Board Member and Treasurer
  • Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) – Former Member
  • IMA Reading Chapter – Board Member, Treasurer, Director of the Website, and Past President
  • Mid-Atlantic Council of the IMA – Former Board Member and Regional Director
  • Reading Musical Foundation – Former Board Member and Treasurer
  • YMCA of Reading & Berks County – Former Board member and Treasurer