Lester Detterbeck, CPA/PFS, MBA, CFP®, CFA

Lester Detterbeck, CPA/PFS, MBA, CFP®, CFA

Wealth Manager and Mentor

“I’m one lucky guy. I have a wonderful wife and family. I love numbers and am passionate about helping people. During the day (I hesitate to call it “work” or a “job”), I get the opportunity to collaborate with my son and partner Brett and our DWM teammates and other professionals to add value to the lives of friends. Priceless.”

Les was born in Chicago, a few blocks from Wrigley Field and is a die-hard, World Series Champion, Cub fan. In 1976, he started his own CPA firm, now called Detterbeck, Johnson & Monsen and continues today as its Chairman of the Board. Les has been active in many charities in Chicago and Charleston. Les married his college sweetheart, Elise, in 1969. They have lived in 25 homes and visited 63 countries. During the hot and humid summer months in Charleston, Les works out of their house in the south of France with wine and cheese close at hand.


B.S. in Math and Accounting: University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana- 1969

Master of Business Administration, summa cum laude: Roosevelt University, Chicago- 1978

Designations and Leadership:

Certified Public Accountant- 1969

Certified Financial Planner™- 1987

CPA/Personal Financial Specialist - 2001

Chartered Financial Analyst- 2002

NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor- 2012

Accredited Investment Fiduciary® - 2014

Estate Planning Council of Charleston- President- 2016-2017