History

Okonak, Dean & Lechner, PC's (ODL) story is one of strategic, innovative growth propelled by responding to the needs of our clients.

1986: Our founder, Fred Ciocca, started the firm with a mission to serve the financial needs of Altoona's small businesses. Ciocca created a culture for providing expertise and responsiveness to each and every client.  Fred installed a strong work ethic with the firm that continues today with the quality of work and client relationships that have been built.

Late 90’s: Ciocca added John Benton as a partner, renaming the firm “Ciocca, Benton & Company.”  They built a reputation for delivering exceptional service and expert financial advice.

2007:  Robby Okonak, a young CPA who had joined the firm in 2005, was made partner and the firm was renamed “Ciocca, Benton & Okonak.” Okonak invested in cutting edge technology that vastly improved the efficiency and effectiveness of the firm, allowing the CPAs to spend less time crunching numbers and more time analyzing options and consulting with clients. 

2015: Another young CPA, Adam Lechner, who had been with the firm since 2011 and who played a leadership role in the integration of new technologies, was named partner, prompting a change of name to "Okonak, Ciocca & Lechner" (OCL). By this time, the firm had more than  doubled in size since 2007 and was gaining a reputation as one of Central PA’s most outstanding accounting firms, with their team-based, technology-enhanced approach.


2017: During 2017 the firm established a State College, PA office through a merger with Wigfield and Associates.  David Wigfield and his wife Sandy proudly served Centre County and the surrounding areas for more more than 30 years until his retirement in November of 2018.  

2018: In 2018, Thomas K. (TK) Dean was named partner and the firm was renamed to Okonak, Dean & Lechner, PC.  TK joined the firm in 2016 and brings a wealth of experience in audit and assurance work along with general business processes and procedures.  

Today:  ODL currently has 15 dedicated professionals and support staff, including six CPAs. We serve Central PA Businesses and Individuals out of offices in Altoona and State College.  For over 30 years, our goal has been to foster long-term relationships grounded in exceptional service, integrity, and experience.

“It’s not just about having as many clients as we can.  We strive to make the Altoona and State College economy better. We want our clients to have the tools, knowledge and confidence to achieve their financial goals.”