About Sharp Point, Inc.
Helping Small Businesses and Restaurants Succeed
Sharp Point is an accounting and bookkeeping firm located in Buffalo Grove, IL. We serve the Chicago metropolitan area and the surrounding communities such as Wheeling, Libertyville, Mundelein, and others. Our team members understand the challenges of small business ownership – and what it takes to succeed. As financial experts with years of experience as small business owners, we've learned first-hand the importance of good recordkeeping and the value of accurate financial data for making sound business decisions. When you invest in solid accounting information and systems which help you operate your business more efficiently, you can concentrate your efforts on activities that boost profitability.
Led by Renee Melville, MBA, CPA candidate and entrepreneur, the team at Sharp Point includes a degreed accountant and highly qualified bookkeepers. Our QuickBooks ProAdvisor certifications and ongoing technical training ensure up-to-date knowledge and expertise, which means you can relax, knowing your financials are in the hands of true accounting professionals. When you work with the bookkeepers at Sharp Point, you can spend your time doing what you do best—focusing your core business. Let us handle the back office tasks which will free you to focus your time on your customers, your products and services, and your strategies.
Renee Klivickis Melville
Renee's strong work ethic and can-do attitude make her a favorite among fellow entrepreneurs, while her experiences owning and running several successful enterprises have taught her much about the challenges of running a profitable small business.
Renee's professional journey has taken her from the offices of a North Shore financial research firm, along the roads of entrepreneurship, and into the rapidly-evolving arena of accounting, QuickBooks®, Xero, and small business consulting. She brings the skills she has gathered along the way, blending her Northwestern University education in the field of Organizational Behavior with an MBA (accounting concentration) from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Renee deeply values ongoing continuing education in accounting, QuickBooks, Xero, software integration and business systems management. She possesses sound analytical skills and is a CPA candidate in the state of Illinois.
On a personal note, Renee is recently married to David Melville, has 3 almost grown sons, two wonderful step-daughters, and a cherished black lab. She enjoys travel, nature, gardening, self-improvement and personal financial investment. Renee's childhood in Vernon Hills, IL gives her deep roots in the community.
Lynsey is a senior bookkeeper with Sharp Point, Inc. She is a DeVry University graduate and has over 18 years of accounting experience working with businesses of all sizes, from large corporations to small startup companies. For the past several years Lynsey’s passion has been helping small business owners succeed by taking over their day to day bookkeeping tasks so they can concentrate on their marketing efforts and growing their business.
Lynsey is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and is also proficient in Microsoft Great Plains. She treats her clients like she would treat a family member and her dedication to her client’s success is apparent in everything she does. Lynsey’s background includes tax preparation, payroll, sales and use tax, and complex software conversions.
Lynsey is a native of the Gurnee area and currently resides on the Illinois/Wisconsin boarder in Beach Park. She is a very family orientated person. When Lynsey is not working she enjoys spending time doing outdoor activities with her teenage nieces and two year old twin niece/nephew. Her favorite times of year are summer and fall. She can also be found spending her free time doing DIY projects.
Serena is a senior bookkeeper with Sharp Point, Inc. Her background of college level accounting courses and small business ownership make her ideal for her role in the firm. Serena has been using QuickBooks as a bookkeeping tool since 1995 and has extensive experience working in the contractor and restaurant industries.
Serena prides herself on her attention to detail, problem solving ability, accuracy and strong commitment to any client she is working with. She has a wide range of experience in small business back office procedures, including payroll, sales and use tax filings, and compliance reporting issues.
Serena was born and raised in Oregon and moved to Illinois in 2013. In her time outside of work, Serena enjoys spending time with her fabulous fiancé, Steve, and an amazing four year old son Luke. She loves shar-pei’s, horror movies and traveling throughout the U.S.
Karen, a senior bookkeeper with Sharp Point, Inc., has a strong computer background in financial and business software. And she likes numbers. . . a lot. She’s an experienced QuickBooks trainer and mentor with over 25 years of helping small business owners attain better record keeping, better business practices, and a better bottom line.
Karen has worked with a wide variety of clients including contractors, retailers, day care operators, manufacturers, and not-for-profits. She enjoys the challenge of analyzing each company’s bookkeeping needs and finding the best ways to utilize today’s changing technology and software to achieve their goals. The depth and breadth of her knowledge in the small business arena provide great value to her clients.
Karen and her husband Dave live in the northwest suburbs with their Boston Terrier, Roger. She is a big fan of Dr. Who, strong coffee, and red cowgirl boots.
Emilia is an administrative assistant for Sharp Point, Inc. Her background in customer service work and dynamite organizational skills make her a perfect addition to the team. We appreciate her great attention to detail and strong multi-tasking abilities. Emilia has quickly integrated herself into our billing and operations departments, mastering her work with FreshBooks and Harvest.
Emilia prides herself on her willingness to put her foot forward wherever she is needed, and her ability to learn new skills quickly. She has a big heart and a genuine desire to help those around her.
Emilia and her husband Tyler live in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago with their two cats, Elmer and Luna. Her interests include bugs/animals, rock climbing, concert-going, crocheting, and traveling. In addition to her work for Sharp Point, Emilia will soon be attending college in the city to study Environmental Science as it is her dream to become a Wildlife Rehabilitator.