Custom Professional Accounting

So Much More Than Numbers


It was 1991 and Jean Obenour was looking to start a new business in Marion. Knowing she would be needing a small business loan, Jean went from bank to bank, experiencing let down after let down. She was tired of not being recognized for her experience. This frustration drove Jean to open a business where women were treated equally and given the flexibility to be mothers and wives, as well as employees. Her mission was to create a professional work environment for women to be supported as they grow in their career. Jean had her work cut out for her. She was determined to get a small loan just in her name. At that time it was pretty customary to have the husband co-sign. But the company was to be her own and found a bank willing to lend her the $10,000.00 on her own merits to make her dream a reality. She put up the title of her car and the loan was approved.

In 1992, Jean opened Custom Professional Accounting. Growing up, Jean’s father was in the payroll department at Ford in Sandusky. Much to her father’s approval, his profession ultimately shaped her career path. Jean recalled her father’s influence in her path to  counting, “I loved art, but my dad ‘steered’ me towards accounting.” Custom Professional Accounting wasn’t her first job in the field. Working at several different businesses, Jean knew how to manage money and finance in a variety of settings, including Cedar Point, banks, and an attorney. Many things differed from job to job, but one thing remained constant for Jean,

“I wanted to do it better, especially for women. I wanted to make it better for working wives and mothers. I wanted to create a better place for women like me.”
-Jean Obenour

Custom Professional Accounting provides business accounting services, payroll/direct deposit options; as well as tax preparation for businesses, individuals, farms, and nonprofit organizations. Throughout the year, Custom Professional Accounting helps with tax planning for all clients. What sets Custom Professional Accounting apart? When you ask Jean herself, she states, “We are ‘custom’ accountants since not all clients need the same thing, on the same reports, at the same time. We make the individualized needs of each client our number one priority.” Employees of Custom Professional Accounting complete hours of training and registration, while maintaining credit hours to keep current. Their best asset is their extensive accounting and payroll experience. By not obtaining the CPA or the IRS enrolled agent titles, Custom Professional Accounting is able to provide top of the line service, without charging the rates of services provided by CPA firms.

With the constantly changing IRS regulations, employees of Custom Professional Accounting are always adapting. Whether it be the year to year law changes, or more complex modifications like the Obamacare system, Custom Professional Accounting continues to put clients first. In business for 25 years, Jean has learned a lot from clients, “we help our clients succeed in business, and we try to make our clients’ lives easier. As they grow, we grow. Their success makes us proud to be their partner.”

You can find Custom Professional Accounting at 1714 Marion Waldo Road (Suite A) in Marion, OH 43302. You can also reach them via phone at (740) 387-3788
or online at

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