William K. (Bill) Hite
Bill is a recognized leader in international expansion and understands local laws, regulations, customs and cultures are critical to the long-term success of a company’s global expansion. That’s precisely what Bill has done across the globe. Bill has lived and worked in several European countries and the US. He’s also has experience in the Middle East and Asia.
Bill founded HSA Global to assist companies in expanding abroad with a comprehensive range of services including Back Office, Financial Reporting, Tax and Legal Services. Since 1996 Bill has focused on international expansion, corporate restructurings, raising funding, and has had extensive SEC compliance experience. He founded several mid-sized companies, played a key role in a successful NASDAQ IPO, and has been part of multiple M&A transactions.
Bill began his career with Coopers & Lybrand in Boston, Massachusetts, and he holds a BS in Accounting from Oklahoma State University. Before founding HSA Global, Bill held several Financial Executive positions in both the US and Europe. Bill is a regular guest speaker at accounting professional conferences and universities in Europe and the USA and has been a frequent contributor to CFO Magazine. Bill has two kids and lives in southern Bavaria, Germany.
Jennifer K. (Jen) Popper, CPA, MST
Before joining HSA Global in 2016, Jen practiced in public accounting for 21 years, including time at Arthur Anderson and regional accounting firms in and around Boston, Massachusetts. Her focus in the later part of her career included creating and administering trusts and estates to take full advantage of applicable laws to ensure as much was passed down to the next generation as possible. Jen also focused on individual tax planning, compliance and was very successful at new business development for CPA firms.
Jen now focuses her time on guiding companies in expanding their businesses into the United States. This includes federal and state tax compliance, addressing legal matters and spending a great deal of time working with clients on human resource topics including health and retirement benefits, hiring and firing, and employment policies.
Jen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Bryant University in 1995 and graduated with her Master’s Degree in Taxation from Bentley University in 2010 and is a licensed CPA in the state of Massachusetts. Jen has two daughters and lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
Prior to joining HSA Global in 2018, Tobias was CFO of an international VC financed start-up which he helped to grow and bring to exit. During this time, he managed all aspects of running an international business including setting up local entities, international tax compliance and adapting to foreign cultures. This experience is a great asset to the clients of HSA Global as these are topics which they face daily and sharing this experience and providing these services was one of the key reasons for him to join the team at HSA Global.
Tobias started his career in the Audit & Assurance Department of KPMG before moving on to implement an internal control system under the US regulations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for one of Germany’s mobile network providers.
Tobias oversees our US client accounting and reporting functions as well as EMEA client related topics like transfer pricing, consolidations and forecasting. Acting as General Manager in his previous positions, he also provides a wide range of expertise in compliance, M&A, human resources, processes & controls, treasury, contract management and controlling.
Tobias holds a University Degree in Economics from the University of Heidelberg. He lives with his wife and three children at the foot of the Alps, enjoying the beautiful landscape mainly on the golf course or in the mountains.
Ian joined HSA Global in 2015, bringing with him 26 years of work experience which included several senior finance, controlling and general management roles up to Managing Director level. During this time, he has been responsible for helping his companies expand both within Europe and further afield and has been part of several M&A transactions.
Prior to moving to Germany he had a 5 year spell teaching and carrying out research at a University in the United Kingdom.
Ian is now focused on helping clients to expand their businesses in Europe and APAC, helping them to found entities and put in place structures which allow them to run all key back-office functions whilst maintaining a small footprint on the ground.
Ian has a master’s degree from Loughborough University and a BSc from the University of Wolverhampton.
Iris has supported HSA Global clients with comprehensive back-office support since 2012. Bringing her skills from being a previous stay-at-home mom to the HSA Global team - solid organization, communication and planning skills - she handles all European treasury, payroll, month end close details and HR administrative matters.
Ensuring that the day-to-day support for European clients and the HSA Global team is always in place has solidified her reputation for the ‘good soul’ of the company. She also ensures that the HSA Global site in Germany runs smoothly and in service of clients.
Iris thrives in an international business setting as she has lived and worked in the US, South Africa, Scotland, Germany and Italy making her an open-minded, global player.
Family is key for Iris, and in her spare time, and depending on the weather, you will find her cycling, swimming, hiking or skiing in the Alps.
Michael Burke, CPA
Prior to joining HSA Global, Michael began his career in public accounting in the outsourced accounting services departments at BKD CPAs & Advisors and PKF Mueller. During his first five years, Michael developed a niche in the technology and international sectors. He then joined a global IoT software company as an Assistant Controller. After over two years in industry accounting, Michael decided to enter back into public accounting working with HSA Global as the International Financial Controller.
Michael is responsible for managing our US client accounting and reporting functions while working closely on intercompany transactions with our Director of EMEA operations. He provides a wide range of expertise from setting up accounting systems for new clients to adhering to US GAAP reporting standards for our clients.
Michael holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Loyola University Chicago and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois. He is an avid music fan and lives with his wife and two children in the Chicago suburbs.