Our Mission

is to help small business owners and individuals achieve the success they desire.

Who We Are

acceler8 llc was founded to provide a single, integrated source for tax, accounting and business advisory services uniquely designed for the small business owner. Our broad experience, combined with our ability to instill a sense of entrepreneurial vision and creativity allows acceler8 to identify the strategic direction required to accelerate revenue growth and provide the practical advice and professional solutions to the many challenges of owning and running a business.

Michael A. Johnston , Certified Public Accountant, MBA

A Managing Partner of acceler8 llc and the Exit Planning Advisors LLC. He has over 30 years of experience in public and private industries. Most recently, he was founder and Managing Partner of Michael A. Johnston, CPA PC, a full service accounting firm which combined its business with acceler8 in 2010 to offer expanded accounting, tax and business advisory services to its clients. He has been in the accounting field since 1982. He attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – Accountancy from Northern Arizona University and a Masters in Business Administration from Arizona State University. Mike has worked in both the public arena as a CPA and in the private sector as a controller for a local law firm. Mike has extensive background in corporate and individual tax preparation and business valuations. His corporate client base consists of construction companies as well as professional service, manufacturing and distribution companies.

Kjell C Andreassen, MBA, AInstIB, CExP

A Managing Partner of acceler8 llc, He has extensive experience as an entrepreneur and advisor to a number of emerging and start-up ventures and has held senior executive positions with a number of public and private companies. He is an experienced instructor, teaching college and executive training courses in finance, international marketing and small business management. Kjell is a Certified Exit Planner (CExP) with extensive experience in providing exit planning and succession planning services to business owners.  He is an Accredited Executive Associate of the Institute for Independent Business (AInstIB). Kjell has an MBA from Arizona State University, a Master of Business and Marketing from Oslo Business School and a Postgraduate Degree in Business Education. He has served on a number of corporate Board of Directors and he has completed the Global Leadership Certificate Program at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Kjell is a past Board Member of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce.

Doing my taxes was a breeze…

I love working with Mike. As a first-time business owner I have so many questions. Mike is always patient and thorough with me. He explains things in a way that make sense to me. Doing my taxes was a breeze – I filled out the easy to fill out questionnaire and my taxes were magically done a few weeks later. Mike definitely helps keep my stress down by making sure my business is set up for financial success.”

Ruth Carter, MS, JD

Carter Law Firm PLLC

A written road map for success…

Kjell Andreassen was able to sit down with our staff and, in a very short time, identify key items that were vital to our company’s success for the upcoming year. Through the business planning process that he conducted, we now have a written road map for success with objectives that are meaningful and quantifiable…..we appreciate all of the work and effort expended on this project!”

Mark W. Bagnall, CLU

the bagnall company, United Benefit Advisors

We Give Back to Our Community

We believe whole-heartedly in giving back and supporting the local community. We also encourage others to support and give back too.

The Centers for Habilitation

Empowering People With Disabilities Since 1967

Our Annual Benefit BBQ Lunch and Shred-a-thon (ton?)

Every year we host a FREE BBQ Lunch and Networking event to help support TCH. Stop by for a free lunch to network with friends, colleagues, clients and associates and help raise money for a great cause! This year’s BBQ is Wednesday October 10th. Please visit our event page on Facebook to join us.