Jeff Barber | Principal | Cleveland OH | Rea CPA

Jeff Barber

Cleveland, OH
Resident of Brecksville, OH
Rea Team Member Since 2018
  • I am responsible for managing audit projects and continuing to provide great service to our clients.

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

  • Employee benefit plan audits
  • Small business consulting
  • High net worth individual taxation
  • Technology start-up consulting
  • Real estate taxation

How we know he knows what he's doing:

  • He has over 20 years of experience in the accounting industry.
  • Earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Toledo.
  • Prior to joining Rea, he worked for Anneken & Moser, The Wortzman Company and Tramer, Shore & Zwick.

Furthering his professional development, Jeff is involved with:

  • The Ohio Society of CPAs
  • The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

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

  • Watching or coaching one of his four children's sporting events

Jeff is involved in his community:

  • He is a Trustee and Treasurer of Brecksville-Broadview Heights Schools Foundation.
  • Coach of girl's fast-pitch softball

How he's helped clients meet their business needs:

  • During an annual audit of pension plan, it was discovered the administrative staff was making personal purchases with fund assets. I performed a thorough analysis of all transactions, assisted the department of labor investigative division with their investigation and was able to assist in making the fund whole.
  • Was introduced to an individual with severe tax delinquencies with multiple taxing jurisdictions spanning many years. I was able to negotiate favorable repayment terms and structured a plan to pay down delinquencies.

Inside The Mind Of...

  • What does“A Brighter Way” means to you? Continuous improvement and high expectations.
  • Why do you choose to work at Rea? The team is dedicated to performing quality services.
  • What's your favorite aspect of your job? Building relationships and being a part of client success.
  • What line of The Rea Way describes you the best? 'Embrace change.' I am always open to finding a better way to perform services.
  • What do you consider is your “brightest” quality? My ability to develop and nurture relationships.

Just For Fun:

  • What profession would you choose if you didn’t go into accounting? IT professional. I have been a tech enthusiast since the 80's!
  • What makes you get out of bed every day? Every day there is something new to learn.
  • What was your first job? Lifeguard. It was a natural fit for a competitive swimmer.
A conscientious accountant that always puts the needs of the client first. He strives to make the CPA-client relationship valuable.