Rob MacKinlay

Rob MacKinlay, CPA, CGMA National Managing Partner, Private Companies

Determined and focused on driving success for the firm and its clients, Rob’s guiding mantra is to be extremely proactive, responsive and collaborative to generate positive results. Whether working with clients or colleagues, he thrives on creating a team environment that emphasizes hard work and personal accountability.

Location: Cleveland Email: Phone: 216.774.1181 LinkedIn: View Profile

Credentials & Education

  • B.A., magna cum laude, Mercyhurst University
  • Certified Public Accountant (Ohio)
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

As national managing partner of the firm’s private company services, Rob is responsible for strategic direction, growth and development related to work with privately and family owned companies; private equity and venture capital groups with investments in private companies; and the shareholders of these organizations.
Rob also serves firm clients in various roles — from acting as a facilitator for strategic leadership meetings, to helping owners assess operational and tactical issues related to growth, employment and working capital. As an audit technical partner, Rob leads small- and large-scope attest engagements for privately held businesses. His clients range from pre-revenue to $800 million in annual revenue. Rob’s expertise includes a variety of accounting issues, such as business combinations, derivatives, stock-based compensation, internal processes and controls. He has deep experience in the intricacies of buy- and sell-side due diligence engagements for private equity firms, venture capital and private companies, as well as expertise in employee benefit audits.

  • Oversees the firm’s client on-boarding process; Former Cohen & Company Board Member and Technical Practices Committee member
  • Flashes of Hope (Board President)
  • Cleveland Clinic Leadership Council
  • Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (Board of Trustees)
  • Hockey Players in Business (Founder & President)
  • Kirtland Country Club (Past Board of Trustees Member)
  • Young Professionals Organization – Cleveland Chapter
  • Ohio Society of CPAs
  • American Institute of CPAs
  • Crain’s Cleveland Business 40 Under 40 award (2014)
  • Gained experience in the audit department of a national firm prior to joining Cohen & Company
  • Formerly served on the Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees

Even with all of his firm and client responsibilities, Rob finds time to play his favorite sports: lacrosse, golf and hockey with clients, business associates, family and friends. Living up to his Canadian roots, Rob founded his own hockey camp at the age of 21 and continues to coach hockey to children in Northeast Ohio. Rob lives in Kirtland Hills, Ohio, with his wife and two children.