Formed in 1991 after leaving Big Eight accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney, Advanced Information Management began our services to small and medium size businesses. The original company name was Accounting Systems Consulting, which reflected the primary focus of our business at that time. While working for Ernst & Whinney, skills were developed in numerous accounting software packages. We felt there was a need in the community to help businesses locate a software package that was a good fit for their operations, without the concern that the recommendation was being made by a consultant who stood to make a commission on the software sale. While we were authorized to sell and install a dozen different packages, we choose to align ourselves with other retailers and limit our services to consulting only.
During the next few years, we developed accounting systems for a large international leasing firm, a medical equipment manufacturer, and international airline, and an international non-profit organization. Also while developing these systems, we began to offer consulting to smaller businesses with both QuickBooks and Peachtree Accounting. In our smaller clients, we were asked to provide much more that consulting services on their software. We were asked for operational advice, payroll processing, monthly bookkeeping and for computer hardware.
Briefly, a sister company called Advanced Network Technology offered computer hardware sales, service and networking to compliment our offerings in the accounting business. In 1998 the two firms were merged and renamed Advanced Information Management. Life event choices lead us to relocate the business to central Illinois in 2000 and we have been focusing on our accounting and tax services to our clients since then.
Rob Buchanan grew up in Jacksonville, IL as the son of the local Funeral Director. Family business and personal service were the values that were ingrained from a young age. He attended Illinois College in Jacksonville and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Economics in 1983. After working a few years, he returned to school a the University of Illinois and earned his Masters of Accounting Science degree in 1988. Upon graduation, Rob began working for Ernst & Whinney in their Denver office and he received his CPA certification in 1990. Rob presently hold active CPA licenses in both Illinois and Colorado and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society and the Colorado Society of CPA's. He is also active locally with his church, the Pana Rotary Club and serves on the executive committee for the Lincoln Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Growing up in Pana, Lynda Hughey Buchanan spent time with her grandparents business, Satterfield Glass. She learned the benefits of hard work and providing what the customer needed from her grandmother, and dedication to the job from her mother who was an Official Court Reporter. Lynda graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Working for a large electric utility company and an international manufacturer, she learned detail oriented procedures and how to employ them for our present clients. While in Denver, she attended the University of Colorado at Denver and earned her Masters of Business Administration in 1993. She passed the uniform CPA exam in 1993 and demonstrated she is on par with any accountant. Lynda is also active in her church and volunteers both at the local grade school and with the Pana Parent Teacher Organization.