Bill Kennedy

Gahanna, OH
Resident of Columbus, OH
Rea Team Member Since 2020
  • As a principal for Rea in the government services division, Bill is responsible for overseeing audit, agreed-upon procedures, financial statement preparation, and other accounting and consulting services for the government sector.

Topics or areas of expertise that Bill can talk about (even in his sleep):

Audits of governmental entities

Preparation of financial statements for governmental entities

Governmental GAAP and audit standards

Information Technology in the accounting profession

Management of a CPA firm

How we know he knows what he's doing:

Bill received his bachelor's degree in finance from The Ohio State University

He began his accounting career as an auditor for the Ohio Department of Taxation, and then for the Auditor of State’s office

He was then a managing partner for a successful governmental accounting and auditing firm, Kennedy Cottrell Richards, which merged with Rea in 2020

Bill has over 30 years of experience in the accounting world

Furthering his professional development, Bill is involved with:

Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (member of the executive committee)

How he's helped clients meet their business needs:

A client had received a new federal grant for a major construction project. Bill assisted them in developing policies, procedures and a system of internal controls to administer the grant and he helped them achieve a clean Single Audit.

A newly formed state-level agency with over $5 billion in debt on its books, they needed a comprehensive set of financial statements in accordance with governmental GAAP. Bill assisted them in developing their financial statements and helped them achieve clean annual audits thereafter.

When he's not in the office, you can find him:




Working on his fitness

Spending quality time with friends and family

Inside The Mind Of...

What does “A Brighter Way” mean to you? Going the extra mile to exceed a client's needs.

Why do you choose to work at Rea?  The people

What do you consider is your “brightest” quality? Listening before speaking

What line of "The Rea Way" describes you the best? Never stop learning

Just For Fun:

What profession would you choose if you didn’t go into accounting? Information technology

What did a 10-year-old you want to be when you grew up? An astronaut

What is the best restaurant you’ve ever eaten at? Third & Hollywood in Columbus, OH

Whatever the role, I always have great attention to detail, client communication and meeting the client’s deadlines and objectives are key.