Derek Conrad | Principal | Ohio CPA Firm | Rea CPA

Derek Conrad

New Philadelphia, OH
Resident of Tuscarawas, Ohio
Rea Team Member Since 2006
  • At Rea, Derek is responsible for being the in-charge on government audit engagements.

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

  • Governmental financial reporting
  • Governmental auditing
  • Internal control structure
  • Fraud risks
  • A-133 and ORC compliance

How we know he knows what he's doing:

  • He began his career in the accounting industry in 2004.
  • He earned an associate's degree in accounting technology from Kent State University. He later received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Northwestern Ohio.
  • Derek earned¬†his advanced single audit certification in 2018.

Furthering his professional development, Derek is involved with:

  • American Institute of CPAs
  • Ohio Society of CPAs
  • Rea NextGen (class of 2017)

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

  • Involved with his children's youth sports activities.
  • Spending time with his children

Derek is involved in his community:

  • Tuscarawas Youth Baseball Council (member)

Inside The Mind Of...

  • What does "A Brighter Way" mean to you? To me, "A Brighter Way" describes our firm's ability to address complex issues with the technical expertise of a large firm while maintaining relationships with our clients like a much smaller firm.
  • Why do you choose to work at Rea? I choose to work at Rea because I'm provided with the opportunity to maintain a work/life balance that is pretty hard to find. I also enjoy the "team" oriented culture at Rea and being a member of a team that is working toward common goals.
  • What is your favorite aspect of your job? I enjoy the variety of work I am exposed to at Rea. Every day presents a new challenge when it comes to meeting the needs of our clients.
  • What line of The Rea Way describes you the best? Respect your clients, your colleagues and yourself. Be generous with praise and constructive with criticism.

Just For Fun:

  • What did 10-year-old you want to be when you grew up? A professional baseball player.
  • What was your first job? My first job was working in the press room at a local newspaper, getting the newspaper off the press and distributing it to the paper carriers.
  • What is one trait you possess that you inherited from your mother or father? I would say that it would be my work ethic. My parents instilled a strong work ethic in me from an early age and it has always stuck with me.
I am hardworking, honest and trustworthy. I am also pretty laid back and easy to get along with.