ROCHESTER, NY, September 7, 2021 – DKB, a leading regional business advisory and CPA firm, has hired Christian “Chris” Modesti for the newly created position of Executive Vice President. He will oversee DKB’s operations, administration, and strategy and growth.
“Adding Chris to DKB’s leadership team,” says DKB Managing Partner David J. DeJoy, “allows our Practice Leaders and senior professional team to focus on client service, business development, and staff advancement.”
DeJoy cites Modesti’s multiyear relationship with DKB. “As a leader and financial professional at numerous energy companies, Chris has called on DKB multiple times to fulfill crucial functions. He’s trusted us to assist at key points in his companies’ growth – and now we’re trusting him to help guide us through this important phase in DKB’s evolution.”
Modesti’s expertise includes corporate finance, operations, accounting, strategic planning, risk management, distribution, logistics, acquisitions, auditing, human relations, and customer service. He has served as President and CFO of BioMaxx Inc.; CFO and VP of Finance at Griffith Energy Inc.; VP of Business Development at Superior Plus Energy Services; and CFO at Energetix, then a subsidiary of Rochester Gas & Electric.
“Chris will bring terrific energy, inspiration and ideas to our team and to our clients,” DeJoy says. “He’s also a person of high integrity and outstanding leadership skills who shares DKB’s vision around improving and growing our business. Chris’ embrace of the DKB culture, along with his deep and broad experience, will help us bolster and fine-tune every aspect of DKB’s operations.”
Modesti notes: “The decision to join DKB was an easy one. Over many years, each time I’ve worked with DKB’s people, I’ve found them very knowledgeable and client-focused. Even more important is the level of integrity that every DKB team member carries with them. I’m flattered to have been invited to join DKB at this exciting time in the firm’s development.”
In addition to his professional roles, Modesti is active in community organizations. He serves as Board Chairman at the Summit Federal Credit Union, where he is also a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. At Highland Hospital, where he is a former board member, he currently sits on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Executive Committee. In addition, Modesti is a current board member at BioMaxx Inc., and a trustee of the University of Rochester Newman Interfaith Chapel. Previously, he served as Board Director and President of the Rochester chapter of Financial Executives International.
Modesti holds an MBA from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. He received the Rochester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award in 2002, and was a finalist in RBJ’s 2010 Financial Executive of the Year program.
He lives in Geneva, NY, with his wife, Lisa. They have three sons.
Based in downtown Rochester, DKB is a regional certified public accounting and consulting firm, serving clients across New York State and around the country. The firm provides business advisory, assurance, tax, and accounting services to privately held small- and medium-sized businesses, and individuals. DKB’s professional advisors focus on delivering proactive, timely, and innovative advice – striving always to understand each client’s unique situations, and to design and execute business and financial strategies that further their short- and long-term objectives.