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ROCHESTER, NY, March 15, 2023 – DKB, a leading regional business advisory and CPA firm, has promoted Michael L. Cooke, CPA, to Managing Partner, succeeding Co-Founder David J. DeJoy.
Cooke, who joined DKB in 1997, is a Practice Leader overseeing the firm’s Tax and Advisory Services. His primary responsibility is the firm’s delivery of outstanding service to its clients by combining a foundational focus on technical proficiency with exacting attention to developing a deep understanding of each client to identify their needs. He leads a highly-skilled team of tax professionals and provides resources to ensure their continued development into outstanding business people.
In announcing DKB’s long-planned leadership restructuring, DeJoy says: “I have the utmost confidence in Mike’s ability to ensure the level of care, quality, and responsiveness that our clients expect. The broad range of Mike’s experience and his insightful analysis of clients’ circumstances position him and his team to deliver outstanding strategic tax planning and comprehensive tax compliance services.”
As Managing Partner, Cooke will represent both client and Partner interests, and will collaborate closely with the firm’s President, Christian B. Modesti. DKB’s innovative leadership structure has Modesti, who joined DKB in 2021 as Executive Vice President, overseeing the firm’s strategy and operations, while Cooke and the other Partners focus more fully on the increasingly complicated needs and expectations of clients.
Cooke also becomes Vice Chair of DKB’s newly created Board of Directors, of which DeJoy is Chair.
Throughout his 25-year career with DKB, Cooke has provided clients with strategic business and personal income tax planning, strategic tax analysis of business sales and acquisitions, tax compliance services, multistate income tax reporting, federal and state tax credit analysis and reporting, tax accounting method consulting, business entity selection and tax structuring, and business consulting and succession planning.
He holds a BS in Accounting from SUNY Brockport and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Finance Committee of Trillium Health.
Cooke and his wife, Lisa, live in North Greece, and have three adult children: Emma, Logan, and Ryan; as well as three dogs. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing golf and augmenting his extensive library of movie quotes.
Based in downtown Rochester and deeply rooted in the community, 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, valuation, 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.