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These Colleges Have Cranked Out the Most Public Accounting Firm CEOs and Managing Partners (2020)

Now that INSIDE Public Accounting has released its latest ranking of the top public accounting firms in the nation by revenue, we thought we’d update a post from last year about which colleges and universities have graduated the most firm CEOs, chairmen, and managing partners.

As we did last year, we looked at IPA’s most recent ranking of the top 200 firms, which names the current CEO, chairman, or managing partner for each firm. We’ve had to update our list because there have been leadership changes at several firms over the past year, as well as new firms entering and leaving the top 200.

Here are the firms in the top 200 that had changes in leadership the past 10 to 12 months (former CEO or MP/current CEO or MP):

  • KPMG: Lynne Doughtie (Virginia Tech)/Paul Knopp (University of Texas-Austin)
  • Grant Thornton: Mike McGuire (Bowling Green State University)/Brad Preber (University of New Mexico)
  • CohnReznick: Frank Longobardi (University of Connecticut)/David Kessler (University of Maryland)
  • UHY Advisors: Anthony Frabotta (Wayne State University)/Steven McCarty (Walsh College)
  • The Bonadio Group: Thomas Bonadio (St. John Fisher College)/Bruce Zicari (Syracuse University)
  • MCM CPAs: Diane Medley (University of Louisville)/Brad Smith (University of Kentucky)
  • Aldrich CPAs + Advisors: Martin Moll (University of Oregon)/John Lauseng (Oregon State University)
  • PYA: Edward Pershing (University of Tennessee)/Martin Brown (University of Tennessee)
  • Arnett Carbis Toothman: Steven Robey (West Virginia University)/K. James Hunt (Grove City College)
  • Cotton & Co.: Matthew Johnson (University of Oregon)/Steven Koons (Alvernia University)
  • MarksNelson: Mark Radetic (Benedictine College)/Josh Beck (Westminster College)
  • Berntson Porter & Co.: Robert Berntson (University of Washington)/Mary Actor (Gonzaga University)
  • Mueller Prost CPAs: Mike Prost (University of Missouri-St. Louis)/Doug Mueller (University of Missouri-St. Louis)
  • James Moore & Co.: Carol Villemaire (University of Florida)/Suzanne Forbes (Stetson University)
  • Abbott Stringham & Lynch: Raymond Scheaffer (San Jose State University)/Carol Wagner (Lubbock Christian University)
  • Dembo Jones: Walter Pennington (University of Maryland)/James Green (University of Maryland)

Here are the firms (and current CEO or MP) new to the top 200 in 2020:

  • BerganKDV: David Hinnenkamp (St. Cloud University)
  • Thomas Howell Ferguson: Winston Howell (University of West Florida)
  • Haynie & Co.: David Peterson (University of Utah)
  • GreerWalker: John Norman (University of South Carolina)
  • Global Tax Network US: David Kolb (Minnesota State University)
  • Delap: Earl Pierce (Brigham Young University)
  • Duffy Kruspodin: Thomas Duffy (San Diego State University)
  • Wegner CPAs: Glenn Miller (University of Wisconsin)
  • Hancock Askew & Co.: Michael McCarthy (Auburn University)
  • Bernard Robinson & Co.: A. Wade Pack (Appalachian State University)
  • Lauterbach & Amen: Ron Amen (University of Nebraska)
  • Calvetti Ferguson: Jason Ferguson (Texas A&M University)
  • Hawkins Ash CPAs: Abe Leis (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)

Here are the firms (and current CEO or MP) that dropped out of the top 200 in 2020:

  • Genske Mulder & Co: Craig Mayers (University of Washington)
  • Smolin Lupin & Co.: Theodore Dudek (William Paterson University)
  • Saville Dodgen & Co.: Clint Pugh (Texas A&M University)
  • Gerson Preston Klein Lips Eisenberg & Gelber: Steven Klein (New York University)
  • Redpath & Co.: Mark Gibbs (University of St. Thomas)
  • EFPR Group: Kevin Hill (St. John Fisher College)
  • Sensiba San Filippo: John Sensiba (San Jose State)
  • Perkins & Co.: Jared Holum (Pitzer College)
  • HHM: Donnie Hutcherson (University of Tennessee)
  • Peterson Sullivan: Chris Russell (Idaho State University)*

* Peterson Sullivan merged with BDO USA in November 2019.

In all, we looked at bachelor’s degree information for more than 200 public accounting firm leaders, as 10 firms have either co-CEOs, co-chairmen, or co-managing partners.

So which academic institution has the most accounting firm CEO or managing partner alums? For the second straight year, it’s the University of Maryland with seven, one more than last year:

  • Jacqueline Cardello, Gelman Rosenberg & Freedman
  • Joel Chazen, Hertzbach & Co.
  • Larry Davis, Aronson
  • David Goldner, Gross Mendelsohn
  • James Green, Dembo Jones
  • David Kessler, CohnReznick
  • James Kokolas, Calibre CPA

Here are the rest of the schools that have produced the most leaders of top 200 public accounting firms:

1. University of Maryland: 7
2. (tie) University of Southern California: 4
2. (tie) Indiana University: 4
2. (tie) University of Georgia: 4
5. (tie) University of California-Los Angeles: 3
5. (tie) University of Tennessee: 3
5. (tie) Syracuse University: 3
5. (tie) University of Wisconsin: 3
5. (tie) University of Florida: 3
5. (tie) Bentley University: 3
5. (tie) Auburn University: 3
5. (tie) University of Texas: 3
5. (tie) Brigham Young University: 3

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