PKF O’Connor Davies Promotes Geoffrey Benedict to Co-Lead Partner of Private Clubs Practice
Experienced accounting expert expands role in fast-growing business area
PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, one of the nation’s largest accounting, tax, and advisory firms, announced today it has promoted Geoffrey Benedict to Co-Lead Partner of the Firm’s Private Clubs practice. He joins current practice leader, Ned McCrory, in sharing leadership responsibilities for the group. Benedict has played a vital part in the expansion of the Firm’s Private Clubs practice area. This new title formalizes his leadership role and reflects the Firm’s commitment to providing top-tier expertise and service to the Firm’s growing Private Clubs practice.
“Our Private Clubs practice has seen rapid expansion in recent years thanks to Ned’s leadership and Geoff’s proven expertise,” said Kevin J. Keane, Managing Partner at PKF O’Connor Davies. “Geoff’s passion for accounting and client service is apparent in all aspects of his work. Tackling issues with private clubs requires that extra bit of creativity and commitment, and we look forward to seeing how Geoff can help guide the practice area to even greater heights.”
Benedict has over 20 years of experience in the accounting industry. Prior to joining PKF O’Connor Davies, he served as the founding partner for a regional accounting firm, where he led the assurance and tax practice. He specializes in providing services to private clubs, not-for-profit organizations, closely-held businesses, and individuals. His engagements include financial reporting, audit, review, tax, and consulting services.
“Private clubs face the unique challenge of providing an exclusive experience for members in a cost-conscious environment – that’s no easy task,” Benedict said. “Our team has developed a real knack for helping clients with these challenges, and I’m so excited to move into this expanded leadership role and advance the services we provide to our clients.”
Benedict, who works out of the Bethesda, Maryland office, is a certified public accountant and a chartered global management accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the Maryland Society of Accountants. He serves as president of the Maryland Chapter of the Hospitality Financial and Technical Professionals. He was the recipient of the 2017 “Big Cheese Award”
presented by the Club Tax Network for “taking care of his slice of the Club industry with distinction.” He is an active member of several community organizations, including serving as the treasurer and as a leader for the local boy scouts. He also is a member of the Oriole Advocates, a local charitable group. He is a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
PKF O’Connor Davies has 12 offices in five states and 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 tactical external hires.