About Ludwig

EXPERTS LED BY A FINANCIAL PRO

With Ludwig, you benefit from the combined experience of highly qualified CFOs, CPAs, and controllers, supported by a solid network of financial professionals in all accounting areas. Led by Phyllis A. Ludwig, a CPA with an executive MBA, and former global auditor, Phyllis has unique insights into the financial challenges facing companies and top executives.

Our Leadership Team

Phyllis A. Ludwig, CPA/EMBA

President

Phyllis A. Ludwig, CPA/EMBA

Phyllis founded Ludwig Business Consultants to fulfill a lifelong, entrepreneurial dream to inspire confidence in others to achieve their highest potential.  Beginning with her first business client on March 5th of 2002, Phyllis has grown the firm into a full-service, cutting-edge outsourced accounting practice.

Phyllis is a graduate of The Catholic University of America where she earned her degrees in Accounting and Economics. She received her Executive MBA from the Temple University Fox School of Business where she was awarded the Dean’s Certificate of Excellence. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

With a 30 year history of strengthening and improving the results of organizations, and backed by her foundational experience as an auditor with Arthur Andersen in Washington, D.C., Phyllis continues to effectively lead, develop, and execute strategic plans.  She is an expert in implementing internal financial management reporting systems and is experienced with external bank, government, tax, and audit relationships.  Leading by example, she strives for excellence in the firm’s outsourced accounting services and is proud to be a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC).

Phyllis is active in her community and is both a participant and a supporter of the arts. She resides in Maple Glen, PA with her husband Ray.  They enjoy frequent visits to the beach and spending time with their two adult children.

What unusual skills or talents do you have that makes you an Individual?

I am a red-headed Italian.  It is nearly impossible to hide in a crowd when you have red hair! And no one ever guesses my 100% Italian heritage.

I am a musician and enjoy playing the piano and singing as a mezzo soprano.  You can call me a Broadway fanatic.  Still waiting for my Tony!

What is the best thing about your job?

I love knowing that I am making a direct impact on others on a daily basis. I thoroughly enjoy the collaboration with our team and with our clients. No two days are ever the same.  It is exciting to provide confidence, through numbers, to our clients and to watch their excitement as they grow their businesses.

Kathryn Preis Pompe

Director

Kathryn Preis Pompe

Kathryn joined Ludwig Business Consultants in 2018 as a Controller and was quickly promoted to Director – Client Services.  Kathryn is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of accounting experience in service, manufacturing, and non-profit organizations.  Kathryn is accomplished in accounting & systems process, process re-engineering, optimization and change management.  She is a successful Project Management Organization member on several ERP system implementations (Oracle, SAP, QuickBooks) as well as being actively hands-on in the process.

A New Jersey native, Kathryn currently lives in Eagleville with her husband and two children.  She enjoys cooking, golfing and genealogy.

What unusual skills or talents do you have that makes you an Individual?

I am a flexible, adaptable, innovative, intuitive self-starter with a highly-driven and motivated work ethic to achieve. Give me any project and I will turn it into an organized process.

What is the best thing about your job?

I enjoy the collaboration at Ludwig.  The collective experience and talent of the team along with the flexibility everyone demonstrates ensures a positive client experience.

The diversity and uniqueness of our clients is exciting.  The ability for us to tailor our services to the needs of the client is exceptional.

What is your ideal vacation?

Family time at our Pocono vacation home. Favorite vacation ever was to Turks & Caicos.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

I would be the “Organizer”.  I cannot stand clutter or lack of process – it is confusing and distracting for everyone involved.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

My favorite ice cream is chocolate custard.

Jane V. Mease, MBA

Senior Analyst

Jane V. Mease, MBA

Jane Mease joined Ludwig Business Consultants in 2018 as a Senior Analyst with more than 20 years of experience in managing corporate wide budget and forecast processes, preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual internal financial reporting, variance analysis, KPIs, and providing reports to Boards of Directors. Jane received her MBA in Finance at the Fox School of Business at Temple University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Gwynedd Mercy University. Jane’s zeal for continuous learning makes her an integral part of the Ludwig Team.

Jane currently resides in Schwenksville and she has a daughter at Georgetown University. She enjoys being with friends and family, shopping and reading.

What unusual skills or talents do you have that makes you an Individual?

My shopping skills – being able to get the most value for the least cost.

Also my perpetually sunny disposition.

What is the best thing about your job?

I would have to say working with Phyllis and the team at Ludwig Business Consultants is the best thing about my job. They are a very cohesive and collaborative group.

What is your ideal vacation?

My ideal vacation is somewhere warm where I can relax, read a book, do some (maybe lots) of shopping and some tourist type things.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

My superpower would be the ability to teleport from one place to another. This would save so much transportation time.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate – is there any other flavor?

Lanette R. Bigley

Controller/QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Lanette R. Bigley

Lanette joined Ludwig Business Consultants in 2015 and brings over 40 years of experience and a QuickBooks certification to her position as a Controller at Ludwig.  Lanette is an expert in transactional accounting, multitasking, and prioritizing to ensure deadlines are met to give our clients the utmost quality of service.  A Nebraska native, she moved to the Philadelphia area to further her studies and currently resides in Harleysville with her husband and son.

In her free time, Lanette volunteers at her church in the AWANA group and VBS with the 3-6 year old children.  She is an avid painter, painting on rocks, patio tiles and picnic tables and also enjoys gardening and needlepointing.

What unusual skills or talents do you have that makes you an Individual?

I have the patience to handle any task and a willingness to work through the bumps.   Because of my artist ability, I think that I can see differently and look outside a box to find unique ways to find a work around for a project at hand.   This enables my clients to see what they need as well as staying within the rules of accounting.  I am willing to do whatever it takes to make it right.

What is the best thing about your job?

I love working with Phyllis and our unique team!  We all work well together with the one common goal of meeting our clients’ needs.  I also enjoy visiting our client locations to understand their work and environments to see we can.

What is your ideal vacation?

Just being able to unplug and unwind in a garden chair along the shady side of a lake with a log cabin in the background while reading a mystery novel or love story!

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

Time travel — where you can go anywhere without restrictions or needing to worry about what time it is.  Do not want to miss anything.

Quinn Hu

Senior Accountant

Quinn Hu

Quinn is an achieved and accomplished accountant that is self-driven and passionate about her work. She is experienced in all transactional accounting, most recently with Pennmark Management Company where she was responsible for lease agreements and the impact on company financials. She holds herself to very high standards that are expected in the accounting profession. She is a critical thinker with analysis and attention to detail. Quinn thrives on challenges that result in company successes. Quinn successfully passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination and is working to fulfil the experience necessary to obtain her CPA license.

Quinn received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Hohai University in Nanjing, China, and an MBA from Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea and is bilingual in three languages.

She currently resides in Lansdale, PA and would love to take an RV trip across the country.

Start Date at Ludwig:

July, 2020

How many years’ experience in Accounting field:

I have been working in the accounting field for at least 4 years.

Education, schools and accomplishments:

I have a bachelor degree in marketing from Hohai University in Nanjing, China, and an MBA from Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea.

Personal Background

I am from a small village in China. I went to university in Nanjing, then to university in Daegu, South Korea. I came to the US in 2015.

Where do you reside

I currently live in Lansdale, PA.

What unusual skills or talents do you have that makes you an Individual:

I can speak at least three different languages, Chinese, Korean, and English, plus the local language of my home town if that counts.

What is the best thing about your job:  

The opportunity to learn and improve myself. This is my goal in life, and how much I improve personally is how I judge success.

What is your ideal vacation

I think an RV trip across the country would be as close to ideal as a vacation could be. I don’t like to sit around and do nothing or to do the same thing, I like my vacations to be packed with as many different activities as possible to avoid wasting time.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: 

Flight. Other superpowers would be neat, but nothing would be as freeing as the ability to fly. It would be fun, I could see beautiful sights from up high, and it would be an efficient way of travel. I’m not sure how useful it would be in saving the world, it would probably only be helpful in very specific circumstances, it sure would be great for everyday life.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor:

Either red bean or honeydew melon. I know these are not the most common ice cream flavors in the US, but I find American ice cream is generally way too sweet for me to enjoy. If I had to choose a common flavor, it would be plain vanilla.

Catherine L. Firlein

Director HR/Contract Administration

Catherine L. Firlein

Cathie is a dynamic and creative professional with a demonstrated track record of achieving and surpassing objectives both operational and strategic in fast paced environments.  She has a natural talent for her exceptional focus on employee development through mentoring, encouragement and goal setting.  She has an entrepreneurial spirit and is skilled in motivational speaking.

Years in Business Administration

35+

Education

Pierce Junior College

I was one of the first 100 employees of Bell Atlantic Mobile now Verizon Wireless.

Opened First Virtual Call Center for Verizon Wireless.

Originated a technology based environment for cross functional teams.

Was a keynote speaker for regional “World Class Customer Service” seminar in Atlanta, Georgia.

Personal Background?

I was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia.  My father is from a little town above Palermo Sicily and my mother was raised in a small town above Naples, Italy.  I consider myself a great Italian cook because I learned from the very best.  My career has taken me to live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia and we now have returned to South Carolina.

I have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren and a fabulous husband of almost 48 years!

Hobbies:

We love to take our boat out on Lake Murray and just be in awe of nature and the beautiful wild life on the lake.  We also love to fish!

What unusual skills or talents do you have that makes you an Individual?

Over the life of my career I have found that I am a healer of words and I have never settled for anything less than I can become.  That sums it all.

What is the best thing about your job?

My entire career I have taken a motto with me “The great leader is not the one in the spotlight, she is the one leading the applause” We have a great leader and that makes all the difference to be the very best you can be personally and professionally.

What is your ideal vacation?

Italy to visit with my family’s heritage.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

I never have wanted to be a superhero but if I were to choose it would be an angel for they are the true superheros!

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Merry Mead Cherry Vanilla

Marcia Ludlow

Senior Accountant

Marcia Ludlow

Marcia is an accomplished accounting professional with over 30 years of experience in the accounting field. She has extensive experience in the manufacturing industry where she held many financial positions. Most recently, Marcia was a Senior Accountant with CraftBilt Manufacturing Co. where she was responsible for the entire accounting department. Marcia is proficient in Excel with expertise in creating pivot tables with advanced formulas. She is passionate about her work and always strives to deliver excellence to our clients.

Ms. Ludlow graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gwynedd Mercy College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.

Marcia enjoys reading and spending time with her family and new granddaughter. She also is very active on her church council.

Start Date at Ludwig:

February 2021

How many years’ experience in Accounting field:

Over 30!

Education and Schools:

BS Accounting from Gwynedd Mercy College (University)

Personal Background:

I enjoy reading, fiction and non-fiction, working in the yard, hanging with family and friends. My son and his wife welcomed a sweet baby girl 1/5/21, making me a grandmother for the first time. I play in a handbell group at my church, I have been a member of that group for almost 30 years. I have been a member of our church council in years past.  Basically just enjoying life.

Where do you reside

Telford, PA

What unusual skills or talents do you have that makes you an Individual

I ring in a handbell group at church and am responsible for 4 bells, including the sharps and flats of those bell.

What is the best thing about your job?

The people that I work with.

What is your ideal vacation?

Relaxation with a mix of physical activity

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be:

Reading minds

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Mint chocolate chip

Velma Martinez

Senior Accountant

Velma Martinez

Velma Martinez is an accomplished financial professional with a decade of experience in accounting services.  Velma brings a passion, extensive knowledge in QuickBooks and transactional accounting, and has a wonderful warm personality.  She is also well-versed in taxation.  She combines her decade of experience in transactional accounting with her accounting knowledge to provide a valuable work product for our clients to ensure their success.  She has the highest level of integrity of financial operations and her dedication to her role is unwavering.

Most recently, Velma was responsible for the financial operations of accounting and related financial activities for a national company where she had accounting oversight for 7 companies across 46 states.

Ms. Martinez received her undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico and earned her MBA from the Temple University Fox School of Business.  She is a licensed CPA in both Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico.  Velma holds certifications in the Bloomberg Market Concepts, Factset Knowledge Base and HBS Spreadsheet Modeling.

She currently resides in Furlong, PA and when not at work, Velma enjoys kayaking on the lake and she loves to read.

Start Date at Ludwig:

June 2021

How many years’ experience in Accounting field:

9+ years

Education, schools and accomplishments:

MBA (major in Finance) -Fox School of Business
Bachelor’s in science
CPA license in Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico

Personal Background:

I am from Puerto Rico, and I moved to the USA a few years ago. I earned an MBA with a major in Finance in 2012 at the Fox School of Business. I am a CPA with a license in PA and P.R. I have vast experience in QuickBooks and doing income taxes.

Where do you reside:

Furlong, PA

What unusual skills or talents do you have that makes you an Individual:

I am a person who knows how to listen to others, and I have a lot of patience.

What is the best thing about your job:

The best thing about my job is that I can do what I am passionate about, and by doing that, I can help others.

What is your ideal vacation:

I like any place with tropical beaches.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be:

To make people tell me the truth.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor:

Pistachio

We are relentlessly results-driven

The Ludwig team has a proven track record for improving the results of a wide range of businesses and organizations. We work either remotely or on-site to provide customized solutions to the unique needs of your company.

Excellence sets us apart

We are committed to a standard of EXCELLENCE. It is what sets us apart.

We understand that internal and external stakeholders have very different goals.  Ludwig knows how to satisfy both.  Think of us as the bridge between your internal accounting needs and external compliance requirements.

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We view accounting challenges through the lens of outsourced objectivity.

Because no two businesses are alike, we customize our solutions to the unique needs of your company.

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