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, CPA, MBA

Mr. Johnston is the Principal and Managing Partner of acceler8 llc . He has been in the accounting field since 1982 with extensive tax and accounting experience in both the public and private setor. He was founder and Managing Partner of Michael A. Johnston, CPA PC, a full service accounting firm which combined its business with acceler8 llc in 2010 to offer expanded accounting, tax and business advisory services to its clients. He attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – Accountancy from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. Mike has extensive background in corporate and individual tax preparation as well as business and personal financial planning, tax planning, exit planning, business advice and strategy development,. His corporate client base spans a wide variety of industries including construction, contractors, professional and business services, as well as manufacturing and distribution companies.

Kjell C Andreassen, MBA, AInstIB, CExP

Mr. Andreassen has extensive experience as an entrepreneur and business advisor to a number of growing, emerging and start-up ventures and has held senior executive positions with both public and private companies. Kjell is an experienced exit planner with extensive training and experience in providing exit planning and succession planning services to business owners. 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! Please visit our Facebook to find our more.