Jared Cottrell | Rea CPA

Jared Cottrell

Newark, OH
Resident of Granville, OH
Rea Team Member Since 2020
  • As a principal for Rea, Jared is responsible for a variety of services provided to the firms's government clients, including financial statement compilations, bookkeeping, account reconciliations, and various other consulting projects.

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

Financial statement compilations

Financial statement and federal program audits

Agreed-upon procedures

Account reconciliations

Training and education

How we know he knows what he's doing:

Jared earned his bachelor's of business administration from the University of Toledo.

Jared was previously an audit supervisor with the Office of the Auditor of State of Ohio

He joined Rea as part of the 2020 Kennedy Cottrell Richards merger

He has over 20 years of experience

Furthering his professional development, Jared is involved with:

Ohio Government Finance Officers Association (Treasurer)

Central Ohio Association of Government Accountants (former Central Ohio Chapter president and treasurer)

Ohio Society of CPAs

American Institute of CPAs

How he's helped clients meet their business needs:

A school district client had not accounted for their grant-funded school building construction project properly. Jared was able to assist the school district in reconstructing program cost allocations from inception of the project to completion to enable project closeout with the grantor.

A local government client had not properly accounted for capital asset acquisitions since inception, which dated back more than 50 years. Jared was able to facilitate the compilation of a complete capital asset listing including estimated historical costs which allowed for a clean audit opinion.

Jared is involved in his community:

Granville Athletic Boosters (treasurer)

Knights of Columbus

Society of St. Vincent DePaul

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

Spending time with family



Inside The Mind Of ...

What does “A Brighter Way” mean to you? Creating a path forward that benefits everyone involved

Why do you choose to work at Rea? The people-first culture

What’s your favorite aspect of your job? Teamwork

What line of The Rea Way describes you the best? Respect your clients, your colleagues and yourself.

Just For Fun:

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

What was your first job?  Paperboy

What is the best restaurant you’ve ever eaten at?  Brio Tuscan Grille

I am dedicated, hardworking, and willing to do whatever it takes to satisfy the needs of my clients. Committed to building strong long-term relationships with co-workers and clients alike.