One on One with CohnReznick's Keith Denham

When J.H. Cohn LLC and Reznick Group combined two years ago to form CohnReznick, they formed the 10th largest Accounting, Tax & Advisory firm in the U.S. Recently the reins of the firm’s advisory group were passed from Anthony Zecca, who lead the advisory services arm of the firm for more than 30 years...

Keith Denham When J.H. Cohn LLC and Reznick Group combined two years ago to form CohnReznick, they formed the 10th largest Accounting, Tax & Advisory firm in the U.S. Recently the reins of the firm’s advisory group were passed from Anthony Zecca, who lead the advisory services arm of the firm for more than 30 years, to Keith Denham, CohnReznick’s new Managing Principal and National Director of the group. Denham sat down with Consulting to discuss his new role, the continued growth of the firm (including a recent acquisition), and how consumers are driving the need for innovation across industries.Consulting: Talk a little about the groundwork Anthony Zecca helped lay and how you plan on building on that.

Denham: What Tony did that was absolutely world-class is he grabbed two groups that didn’t know each other—from the leadership team down to the most junior consultants—and rallied them around an integrated vision that was what people were marching to when I showed up less than two years later. Huge kudos to the work he did to really get this thing humming at a very early stage. While I don’t usually tend to say financial results are the first thing you should look at to measure the health of a consultancy, whereas a lot of mergers and integrations take a financial step backwards to deal with internal distractions and that sort of thing, last year the group grew at 25 percent. So Tony’s efforts to get people focused on integration and the marketplace were the real value drivers of the merger, which you not only saw in terms of qualitative aspects but quantitatively.Consulting: What’s the future of CohnReznick’s advisory group?

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