PKF O’Connor Davies Hires Harley Aronoff as Partner

Former broker-dealer and PCAOB inspector brings deep financial services expertise to Firm’s Audit and PCAOB practices

PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, one of the nation’s largest accounting, tax and advisory firms, today announced that it has hired Harley Aronoff to serve as Partner, PCAOB Quality Assurance Leader. Aronoff – who joins the Firm with over 15 years of experience working in broker-dealer regulations and operations – will be responsible for further expanding the Firm’s Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) practice and training staff on PCAOB standards. His hiring is part of the Firm’s ongoing talent acquisition strategy aimed at driving growth by bolstering key practice areas with recognized industry leaders.  

“Harley’s extensive experience, including his many years as a PCAOB inspector, arms him with unique knowledge of the regulatory landscape that will serve him, the Firm and our clients well as he takes on this new role,” said John Haslbauer, Partner at PKF O’Connor Davies. “Harley is a great addition to our team. He’s a recognized expert whose decisions are informed by real-world experience, and we’re confident he’ll have an immediate and long-lasting impact on the Firm and its relationships.”

Prior to joining the Firm, Aronoff spent eight years as a PCAOB inspector where he also served as a broker-dealer technical expert on the Broker-Dealer Inspection Group’s Technical Review Committee. Prior to that, he was the Financial Reporting Manager at Citi Hedge Fund Services where he was responsible for the preparation and filing of regulatory computations and Financial and Operational Combined Uniform Single (FOCUS) Reports for over 50 broker-dealers. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Branch Operations Specialist at Edward Jones & Co. He also was a former Series 24 Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) licensed Principal for a regional broker-dealer. Aronoff will work out of the Firm’s New York City office.

“PKF O’Connor Davies has a great culture and a top-notch team, and I’m really excited to join the Firm at such an exciting time,” Aronoff said. “I’m confident the experience I gained as a PCAOB inspector, and throughout my career, will provide insights that will allow clients to make smart, informed decisions that keep them in the best regulatory and business situation possible.”

Aronoff holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois. A Certified Public Accountant in the state of Florida, he is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

PKF O’Connor Davies continues to expand through organic growth and acquisitions on the East Coast. It has supported this growth with a strategic combination of promoting from within coupled with an ongoing focus on top-tier external hires.