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One trait I picked up from my mom is my love of The New York Times crossword in the Sunday paper. I feel so smart when I figure out a particularly clever wordplay, pun, or theme clue.
Carole McNees
Partner, CPA


As part of the professional standards leadership team, I provide guidance and oversight to our assurance practice across the firm and am heavily involved in developing the firm's audit strategy of the future. I was previously the industry technical leader for the real estate and construction industry group — and I continue to support the accounting and assurance technical needs for clients and staff in that industry, as well as the energy sector. 

With more than 20 years of experience, I’m skilled at developing solutions to technical assurance issues through collaboration with individual engagement teams and clients, always striving for the best outcome for our clients. I’m known for resolving challenges while working within the framework of the applicable professional standards to maintain the high level of quality demanded from the accounting profession.

Recently, I was appointed by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to serve on the Standards and Emerging Issues Advisory Group (SEIAG). I’ve presented at a number of industry association events, primarily to talk about significant upcoming accounting changes. I’ve also presented at a national affordable housing conference on reporting and audit strategy topics. I’m a member of the AICPA and the Michigan Association of CPAs. I received my B.B.A. in accounting from Western Michigan University.

I'm on the board of directors for LIFT Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing in my community. I enjoy staying active by working out with my son who is a personal trainer, camping in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with my husband, and hiking, especially when we visit our daughter who lives out West.