Ballenthin, Funk & Johnson, LLP (BFJ CPAs), was founded in 2002 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. We are a CPA and advisory firm that provides consulting services to industries including construction, real estate, manufacturing, and franchise; and niche areas like professional services, trust and estate, and retail. Our growing firm has a modern office environment and culture of workplace well-being. We attract and retain talent with the approach that everyone should be excellent at what they do.

BFJ’s mission is to make public accounting the career of choice in the financial industry.


Historically, our clients have been in the construction, real estate, manufacturing, retail and service industries. Since 2002, we’ve grown along side them, supporting our clients as their businesses grew and developing our skill sets, expertise and services .

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Jeff Ballenthin founds firm


Josh Funk joins BFJ as partner


David Johnson joins BFJ as partner


Bryan Olson & Kevin Tuhy join BFJ as partners

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Firm moves to Osborn370 in STP

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Firm celebrates 20 years


Our first client was a drywall contractor, and that relationship led to the large contractors we work with today. Years of serving the construction industry have given us a complete understanding of its cycles and the pressures to comply with every law and regulation.

When it comes to real estate, we’ve supported our clients’ several entities with thousands of units in real estate holdings and honed in on coordination, cost management and tax opportunities.

In manufacturing, we focus on accounting procedures to capture research and development expenses, account for inventory, maximize domestic production activities deduction, and tightening up processes to maximize efficiencies and profitability.

In 2009, BFJ expanded our knowledge and service of the franchise industry, which is a fast-changing market of multi-unit franchisees. We found that reliable, accurate financial statements that banks and owners trust are not enough for our franchisee owners. As a result, we’re excelling in providing comprehensive transactional analysis that goes beyond audit and tax to provide deep understanding of the structure and concept to achieve operational excellence for our franchise clients.