Maryland-based public accounting firm owner recognized for his innovation, leadership, firm culture and growth.
ROCKVILLE, MD: Eric Cohen, Founder and Managing Principal of E. Cohen and Company, CPAs since 1991, was named as one of the 2019 Managing Partner Elite by Accounting Today, the accounting professions leading publication. The MP Elite was launched in 2012 to identify and profile the best leaders of public accounting firms of all sizes across the country. In a series of portraits of the most successful managing partners from small, mid-sized and large firms, the list identifies the qualities and characteristics that make a cutting-edge leader. This prestigious award is only given to Ten leaders in the industry each year.
Eric aims to make his Maryland-based firm “the next big firm”—and he is well on his way, having doubled the firm’s size through organic growth over the past five years, with plans to expand its current office space soon. Smart new service offerings and technology investments have played their part in that expansion but underpinning it all has been a belief in the importance of his people.
“Not only do I invest greatly in developing employees, but I invest greatly in maintaining a positive work environment where everyone feels like they are part of a team,” says Cohen. “Since the firm was founded, my main objective was to create an environment where people want to come to work every day and grow individually.” Looking to the future, Cohen says, “Our continual growth over the years, and our plan to remain independent of the national firms, provides unmatched opportunities for advancement and a stable future.”
“With a remarkably low (single-digit) turnover rate, he’s clearly doing something right,” says Daniel Hood, the editor-in-chief of Accounting Today, who has covered the tax and accounting field for over 20 years. “A detailed succession plan, a dedication to open communication, individualized career development plans, and an extensive roster of great benefits have helped land the 61-person firm on Accounting Today’s Best Firms to Work For list for ten years and counting—and we’d definitely say that makes Cohen and his firm worth looking out for right now.”
About E. Cohen & Company, CPAs: E. Cohen is a full-service CPA firm based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area providing tax compliance, M & A consulting, accounting outsourcing, assurance, business advisory services, wealth management and IT managed services. The firm serves the needs of High-Net-Worth Individuals, Real Estate Firms, Government Contractors, Nonprofit Organizations, Professional Services Firms, Hospitality Businesses, Wholesale Distribution Companies and more with a “one-stop shop” approach to multiple services, all with a dedication to customer service.