S. Franklin Arner CPA


Franklin is a partner at Hall, Kistler with more than 35 years of experience in consulting, auditing, tax and accounting services for closely held companies. He thrives on helping clients solve complex accounting problems by piecing together the “puzzle” parts. Franklin has faithfully served our clients since 2002 and specializes in succession planning for the next generation.

During the holidays, you can find Franklin and his wife dressing as Santa and Mrs. Claus—they make the perfect couple for the gig! Franklin asked his wife to marry him after just two months of dating, which led to a five-month engagement and being happily married for more than 30 years.

His family lovingly calls him “Aquaman” because Franklin can’t stay away from the ocean and freshwater lakes. He loves waterskiing, boating, riding his jet ski, and swimming at his favorite spots in Onekama, MI and Hilton Head, SC.


  • University of Akron - Bachelor of Science in Accounting
The University of Akron

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Member
  • Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants - Member
  • BKR International - Former Manufacturing Committee Chair for the Americas Region
  • Ohio Manufacturers Association - Member

Community Involvement

  • Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • HCDC East Central Ohio Project Review Committee
  • Leadership Stark County Economic Day - Past Committee Member
  • Stark State College - Advisory Board Member
  • Past treasurer for church and various local not-for-profits

Fun Facts

  • Franklin asked his wife to marry him after two months of dating; married five months later......that was over thirty-two years ago and is still happily married.
  • Franklin and his wife dress up as Santa and Mrs. Claus at Christmas.
  • Franklin loves water sports such as water skiing, boating, riding his jet ski, swimming and playing in the ocean. Favorite places to do this are Onekama, MI and Hilton Head, SC. His family calls him "AquaMan"
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