Steven "Steve" E. Ritchie, CPA, CFE

Managing Partner

(541) 687-1170
University of Oregon Bachelor of Science, Accounting
Bachelor of Science, Finance
"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."
- Warren Bennis

A native Oregonian, Steve grew up in Portland and graduated from the University of Oregon. Following his graduation, Steve spent three years as general manager for his family’s business, managing personnel and operations for the company’s two locations. During this time, Steve discovered his passion was in accounting and finance, which led him to joining Kernutt Stokes in 1996.

As the managing partner of the firm, Steve is instrumental in charting and implementing the firm’s strategy, which includes managing staff development, overseeing the firm’s leading-edge technology, and spearheading the firm’s efforts to provide superior service to all Kernutt Stokes clients.

Steve and his wife Jill live in Eugene, and have a grown son. In his free time, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and traveling.

Professional Designations and Licenses

Certified Public Accountant, Oregon
National Association of Securities Dealers Series 66
Certified Fraud Examiner


Community Service

  • Eugene Country Club, board of directors, vice president, treasurer (past)
  • Volunteers in Medicine, board of directors (past)
  • Eugene Montessori School, board of directors (past)
  • Center for Community Counseling, board member (past)
  • Oregon Society of CPAs, LSAC (past)

Awards and Recognition

20 Under 40 Award – Top Rising Business Stars in Eugene/Springfield
America’s Top 200 CPAs – Forbes 2024

The Power of Margins

I regularly visit with my clients about the secrets of their success, and I learn something from almost every one of them. Several years ago, during one of these visits, I learned something that changed my entire perspective on business. The secret to this client’s success was both obvious and a complete revelation to me. His secret … margins!