Rob MacKinlay

Rob MacKinlay, CPA, CGMA President, Private Company Services

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 president of Cohen & Company’s Private Company Services Division, Rob leads the firm’s accounting, tax and consulting practices. He is responsible for the division’s profitability; growth, training and retention efforts; and strategic and tactical initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions and other geographic expansion efforts.

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.


  • President of Cohen & Company’s Private Company Services; former member of Cohen & Company Board of Governors and Technical Practices Committee; oversees the firm’s client on-boarding process
  • Flashes of Hope (Board President)
  • Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (Board of Trustees)
  • Hockey Players in Business (Founder and 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.