John Stomper Grant Thornton LLP John is an audit partner with 25 years of experience in audit and more than 10 years of experience working with financial services companies. John graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1986 earning his degrees in accounting and finance. He also has an MBA from the University of Chicago with an emphasis in finance. John is a CPA and a member of the AICPA and the Illinois CPA Society. John is currently a partner in the financial services audit practice at Grant Thornton LLP. He currently serves several mutual funds, unit investment trusts and private equity/venture capital funds. John has consulted with clients on fund formation, financial reporting and valuation issues. John has been a speaker and panelist at several fair conferences, including the AICPA Fair Value Conference and the Illinois Venture Capital Association Fair Value Panel Prior to joining Grant Thornton, John was a partner in the Investment Management practice at Deloitte & Touche LLP. John began his career at Coopers & Lybrand (now pwc) and was the Director of Accounting & Auditing at a regional firm.