Our Mission

Remove the worry and stress around taxes and accounting. We prize relationships with our clients and value communication, efficiency, and great service. By working with individuals and businesses, our mission is to contribute to healthy communities in the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.


“My dad taught me that a good accountant is more than somebody wearing a blinder cap, with a pencil behind the ear, who never leaves the office. I like getting to know my clients, to see the shape of their lives. It helps me understand the people and businesses behind the numbers.”


In 1976, Ed graduated with a B.A. from Evergreen State College. He followed his father’s footsteps in the accounting profession by taking a job at Touche Ross (now Deloitte), receiving his CPA certificate in 1978.  After a decade in public accounting, Ed took a four-year hiatus to serve as CFO of SI Technologies, a manufacturer of electronic scales. In 1994, he returned to public accounting, joining Holman and Associates (now Holman Kaufman Krahling) where he worked for the next 22 years.


With his daughter Madeleine’s rise in the accounting and tax profession, Ed took the opportunity to partner with her in creating Alkire & Bell, PLLC. It gives him satisfaction to know, by building a practice together with her, the Alkire name will enter a third generation of being synonymous with a high standard of public accounting in the Pacific Northwest.


“Growing up, I remember helping my parents mail Christmas cards to my dad's clients, filled with snapshots of my sister and me as kids. He prioritized his relationships with clients. Now, as a CPA, my interactions with clients are often the highlight of my day, and I am grateful for the role I get to play in their lives. ”


In 2006, Madeleine graduated cum laude, with a B.A. in American Studies, from Northwestern University. She took her first steps in the accounting world as Town Treasurer for Virginia City, Montana, a historic mining town not far from Yellowstone National Park. In 2010, she earned an M.B.A. from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now part of Presidio Graduate School). After starting her career as a CPA in Missoula, MT, she moved back to Seattle to be closer to family and to have the opportunity to work with her father, Ed Alkire, at Holman Kaufman Krahling. Recently, she welcomed the opportunity to launch Alkire and Bell, PLLC, enabling her and Ed to continue their work together, serving the Pacific Northwest and beyond.