As 2020 draws to a close, Keiter wishes a sincere thanks to our retiring partner, John E. Kent, Jr., CPA, for his dedication to serving Keiter over the last 26 years. John has been instrumental to the success of our Business Assurance & Advisory Services practice at the Firm. Beginning in 2021, we are pleased that John will remain with Keiter in an assurance quality control director role.
John has 40 years of experience in public accounting, providing auditing and business consulting services to clients principally in the not-for-profit, real estate, and construction industries. During his time at Keiter, John specialized in mergers and acquisitions, business planning, designing and implementing cost accounting and inventory control systems, conducting quality of earnings reviews, and assisting clients with adopting new accounting standards.
John started his career with Manning, Perkinson & Floyd in 1980 before joining Gary, Stosch & Walls in 1982. Then in 1988, the firm merged into Touch Ross, then merged with Deloitte, Haskins, & Sells to form Deloitte & Touche in 1989. John was a senior manager in the audit department at Deloitte before joining Keiter in 1994 where he became partner in 1998.
“During John’s tenure at Keiter, his leadership in the areas of not-for-profit sector specialization and client service were significant in developing our Firm’s reputation,” explained Christopher L. Wallace, CPA, Business Assurance & Advisory Services Leader. “While we are sorry to see him go, we are excited to meet the standards that John established for exceeding client service expectations in everything that we do.”
In addition to transitioning to a Director role at Keiter in the coming year, John also plans to stay active in the local community, especially cheering on the Virginia Tech Hokies. He is also looking forward to traveling and spending more time at Smith Mountain Lake with his wife, Ann, and their three children and their families.
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