James G. Bechtel, CPA, CGMA

Senior Director
(614) 947-5208

Jim Bechtel joined GBQ in 1984 and became a Partner of the firm in 1991.

During his 38-plus year career, Jim’s primary focus has been serving privately held, middle-market clients in the manufacturing, distribution and business services industries. Jim serves a number of our major clients, leads our Manufacturing and Distribution industry services team and has a significant amount of experience working with clients active with mergers and acquisitions.

Jim also serves as GBQ’s liaison for the firm’s independent membership in the BDO Alliance USA.  A native of central Ohio, Jim began his career in public accounting with a regional firm in northeast Ohio after graduating from Miami University in 1980.

Jim is an active member of the Conway Center for Family Business, the Kiwanis Club of Columbus, and serves as a Board Member of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus Foundation. Jim is a Board Member of the Harry C. Moores Foundation, as well the Scioto Country Club, and has served as a past Board Member of the Entrepreneurship Institute and a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Westminster-Thurber Retirement Community.


  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio – B.S., Business, Accounting

Professional Associations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants