After graduating high school, John attended University of Wisconsin at Whitewater where he pursued a
Bachelors of Business Administration with an Accounting emphasis. After graduation, he accepted a position
with a public accounting firm in Northbrook where he performed financial statement and compliance audits.
After two years with the firm, John accepted a position with a firm in Crystal Lake where he continued to
perform audits as well as tax and business consulting work. Two years later he accepted an offer to be the
Controller of one of the largest family owned moving companies in the country. Realizing that client contact
was one of the things he enjoyed most about public accounting he started looking for something new. It was
about that time that his brother, Joel, was also making a job change. After much prayer and council from
friends that he trusted, Creekside was started.
Joel Stauss, Owner
Upon completing high school, Joel attended McHenry County College for two years to obtain his certificate
in Landscape and Nursery. After working for a nursery in Algonquin as a designer, he began a new job with a
national company in the Chicagoland area. Here he worked his way up from a crew member to a project manager.
After six years, it was time for a change. Joel then started with Creekside in 2000. At Creekside Joel
focuses on customer satisfaction, quality control and crew set up.
Cindy Sharp, Office Manager
After having time off from the working world to raise her little ones, Cindy joined Creekside in 2002,
where they offered her the flexibility of managing the office and being a mother. As the kids began school
full time, she went full time as well. She makes the customer her number one priority making sure their
current needs are being taken care of. Although she spends most of the day in front of the computer, she
gladly awaits your phone call!