• Bob McGee
    2673 Fieldview Drive
    Mcungie, PA 18026
    610 966-1437


  • Larry Hoffa
    Larry E.Hoffa and Company
    300 East Philadelphia Avenue
    Boyertown, PA 19512
    FAX 610-369-0075

  • John H. Griesemer, Jr.
    810 East Philadelphia Avenue
    Boyertown, PA 19512

  • Reinhart and Company
    109 East Philadelphia Avenue
    Boyertown, PA 19512
    FAX 610-367-7804

  • Chris and John Schlegel
    Earlville, PA 19519

  • Resnick/Amsterdam and Lesher
    Denny Urffer
    653 Skippack Pike
    Blue Bell West
    Suite 300
    Blue Bell, PA 19422
    Phone: 215-628-8080
    Fax: 215-628-4752

  • Barry L. Weller
    216 East Philadelphia Avenue
    Boyertown, PA 19512
    FAX 610-367-8106

Accountant Shared Bear Fever Bear
--Jenna Johnston

he Accountant Bear is another of the Bear Fever shared bears. While interviewing the different accountants who responded to my calls, I was especially pleased to learn how much fun these men were. They were not stuffy and boring as I assumed most accountants to be. Instead, I found each of them all to be very charming and delightful interviews.

(Editor’s note: numbers are not Jenna’s best friends; sadly she carries her phobia of numbers to folks who works with them! No offense is intended by Jenna or Bear Fever!)

“Simply unique” is the only way to describe Larry Hoffa, one of the sponsors of the Accountant Bear. He warmly ushered us into his, may I mention, cluttered conference room and entertained us with amusing stories.

While discussing the bear, we heard several accounts about how Mr. Hoffa became associated with Boyertown. Unlike many of our Bear Fever sponsors, Mr. Hoffa is a relatively new member of this community. (That is, if you consider living here for 25 years “new.”)

Mr. Hoffa shared that he felt treated as a foreigner when he first came to Boyertown; and while he joked about his competitors throughout the interview, expressing concern that the bear not be placed outside his competitors’ offices, I had the feeling that they were all friends who just don’t like to admit their fond feelings for one another.

Mrs. Stahl recounted, for example, that of all the accountants contacted, Mr. Hoffa wrote out a check for his contribution during the initial interview—eager to “beat” his colleagues who’d “volunteered” him as a Bear Fever sponsor! Sounds like friendly rivalry to me.

On our way out, we noticed a shiny new Mercedes convertible, in red, and I suggested to Mr. Hoffa that I might look better driving it than he. He laughed, smiled, and said with his typical wit, “At my age I would still look better in it than you.

John H. Griesemer was another one of the charming accountants that I had the privilege to interview. It was apparent from the second I walked into his office that he was an outdoorsman. His walls featured different memorabilia from assorted hunting trips as well as pictures of the outdoors.

We chatted for awhile about why he decided to participate in the Bear Fever project, but we really had the most fun talking about his retirement. Mr. Griesemer plans to retire to Mt. Charleston, Nevada, but—don’t worry, devoted clients—his retirement is at least 5 years away.

His charisma inspired enthusiasm in me; he told countless stories of his different trips out to Mt. Charleston and why he had fallen in love with that part of the country. I was convinced that I’d love it there too.

The third, and final, accountant I interviewed was Mr. Bob Reinhart of Reinhart and Company. My Bear Fever teammates credit Mr. Reinhart and his assistant Barb Akins for inspiring the “shared bear” concept last summer.

Mr. Reinhart is a gentle and somewhat calmer man than the previous two gentlemen and spoke positively about his involvement with Bear Fever and of his experiences and career in Boyertown. He is obviously a devoted community leader who supports the efforts of others seeking to build a better Boyertown.

Although I was not able to secure appointments with the other accountants involved in this Bear Fever Shared Bear, I’m hopeful that they will want to contribute information about themselves and their services so that we can add information about them to this website. Kindly feel free to call or e-mail Mrs. Stahl at 610-367-8066, to set up an appointment. Bear Fever aims to be inclusive and responsive to the community in all aspects of the project.

Our Accountant Shared Bear was sponsored by the following firms: Larry Hoffa of Larry E. Hoffa and Company, John H. Griesemer, Jr., Reinhart and Company, Chris and John Schlegel, Denny Urffer of Resnick/Amsterdam and Lesher, and Barry L. Weller. Bear Fever thanks all of our participating accounting firms for their support of this unique community art project.

About the artist:

Bob McGee, the artist, was himself a graduate of Boyertown High School, eager to support the arts and the Bear Fever project. While he currently lives in Emmaus, Bob has many fond memories of BASH and wishes that a project of this nature had been available when he was a student.

Bob’s involvement with the project came as a result of a chance meeting with Paul Stahl at a graduation party of one of Jane’s students in June 2004.

The “crackling” effect seen on the bear is a trademark of Bob’s work that Paul was eager for him to display.