Ron Cohen

Ron Cohen, CPA (Retired) Founder, Partner Emeritus

Ron built his reputation by advocating for small businesses and dedicating himself to the firm’s clients. As Cohen & Company’s founder, he championed the phrase “SQIF,” the firm’s acronym for service, quality, innovation and fun. This mantra has become an important theme to motivate employees to provide clients with the best possible technical advice and world-class service.

Location: Cleveland Email: Phone: 216.774.1101

Credentials & Education

  • Certified Public Accountant (Ohio - Retired)
  • J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
  • B.A., The Ohio State University

Although officially retired as a stakeholder in the firm, Ron occasionally consults on client matters regarding corporate reorganizations, financing, mergers/acquisitions and ownership succession. He also represents the firm in numerous public endeavors, acts as a mentor to many entrepreneurs and advises high-potential start-ups in the region.

  • Founder of Cohen & Company
  • Cohen Community Foundation (President), which provides funds to civic, art, cultural and entrepreneurial not-for-profit organizations
  • Cleveland Tax Club
  • Ohio Venture Association
  • Cleveland Museum of Art (Planned Giving Council)
  • Greater Cleveland Partnership (various committees)
  • Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (Board of Trustees, Finance Chairman)
  • Former board member and/or officer of National Small Business Association Advisory Council, Ohio Venture Association, Ohio Society of CPAs, Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank, American Institute of CPAs Federal Tax Division, Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School Accountancy Program, Small Business Administration, Council of Smaller Enterprises
  • Has testified before congressional committees on small business and tax issues
  • Former board member and/or officer of Wahoo Club, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadership Cleveland Alumni Steering Committee, Jewish Community Federation, Cuyahoga County Private Industry Council
  • One of the Most Influential CPAs in the 100-year history of the Ohio Society of CPAs
  • Association for Corporate Growth Dealmaker Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership Award
  • Cascade Capital Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Cleveland Chapter ORT Man of the Year
  • Ohio Society of CPAs’ Public Service Award
  • Crain’s Cleveland Business Businessman of the Year
  • Ohio’s Accountant Advocate of the Year
Ron resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with his wife. They have three daughters and eight grandchildren. Although Ron is interested in politics, his most avid hobby is sports. He enjoys a good game of golf and is a loyal follower of the Cleveland Indians, Browns, Cavaliers and Ohio State Buckeyes. Those in his corridor know Ron is in when they hear the familiar sounds of Cleveland sports talk radio emanating from his office.