Dave Van Damme

Dave Van Damme


Dave leads the advisory & assurance practice and is well known inside and outside the firm for being both engaged & positive.

What is your area of focus?

I work within the advisory & assurance practice, primarily with privately-owned domestic companies or subsidiaries of larger foreign-owned and operated companies throughout Europe and Asia. Working closely with owners, chief financial officers, and plant managers gives me a deep understanding of clients’ business goals so that our firm can provide the right mix of technological and consulting support. I am focused on the fundamental practices and internal controls required to mitigate risk and, as a certified fraud examiner, help clients become better educated on the best practices to help prevent fraud.

How long have you been at Clayton & McKervey?

Since 2008

What is the favorite part about your job?

I appreciate the access to the best resources in the industry – the shareholders, managers, seniors and staff that contribute to continuous improvement and development.


  • Audits of closely-held companies
  • Internal control analysis
  • Fraud/data extraction analysis
  • Accounting for construction/contractor inventory
  • Financial statement and agreed upon procedures reporting
  • Financial reporting automation
  • Employee benefit plan audits


  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Oakland University


  • Turn Around Management Association
  • Risk Management Association
  • Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants

Dave 360°

What is your favorite movie line?
Ricky: Why do you want to listen to the TV with the stereo on? Cal: Because I like to party.

If you could learn anything, what would it be?
Sports. Followed by how to speak Spanish & fly a plane

If you had to choose a different job, what would it be?
Fighter jet pilot

Articles by Dave Van Damme

Tax & Assurance Guidance

ESG: Importance, Impacts, & Implications

Posted on November 8, 2021 by

Dave Van Damme
You might be noticing more discussions about Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives and wondering if they impact you. Learn how ESG reporting can provide stakeholders with transparency regarding the risks and opportunities your company faces related to environmental, social and governance issues.

Tax & Assurance Guidance

New FASB Leasing Standard Updates and Guidance

Posted on September 14, 2021 by

Dave Van Damme
After several adoption date delays, it’s now time to get serious about adopting the new leasing standard. Businesses must begin using the standard in their 2022 fiscal year, and start preparing in 2021. Here is a summary and some important considerations.

Tax & Assurance Guidance

Payroll Fraud: What to Look for and How to Prevent it

Posted on February 9, 2021 by

Dave Van Damme
Fraud is an unfortunate part of business. It can happen anywhere and to anyone, and sometimes can be at the hands of seemingly trustworthy people. Learn how we can help you survey the current environment for fraud and reinforce best practices for fraud prevention. 

General, Tax & Assurance Guidance

How Remote Work Has Impacted Auditing

Posted on November 17, 2020 by

Dave Van Damme
Auditing relies on two things more than anything else: having access and being in person. 2020 had other plans. Forced out of offices and forbidden to travel, auditors and firms across the globe have needed to adapt quickly to the world of remote work and all the issues that come with it.

Client Accounting Services, COVID-19, General, Tax & Assurance Guidance

Financial Reporting Implications Due to COVID-19

Posted on October 30, 2020 by

Dave Van Damme
COVID-19 has clearly disrupted life as we know it. Despite these disruptions, businesses continue to operate (some at an altered state) and therefore are required to provide financial reporting to stakeholders.


Accounting for PPP Loan Forgiveness

Posted on September 24, 2020 by

Dave Van Damme
We have been receiving many questions lately about the PPP loan and forgiveness requirements. Here are some of the most common questions we are hearing from companies along with some initial guidance on what to do.

General, Manufacturers & Distributors, Tax & Assurance Guidance

Turns on Inventory – Systems and Processes to Monitor Inventory Levels

Posted on June 22, 2020 by

Dave Van Damme
Jim Biehl
You’re in the wholesale or distribution space and have a huge asset, called inventory, which needs to be converted to cash, but you aren’t great at tracking or counting it and you are not really sure which items are sitting.  So what do you do? 

COVID-19, Tax & Assurance Guidance

FASB Delays Implementation for Revenue Recognition and Leases

Posted on May 21, 2020 by

Dave Van Damme
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted on Wednesday, May 20 to delay the effective date of the Revenue Recognition Standard by one year for all nonpublic companies who have not issued financial statements yet.

COVID-19, Tax & Assurance Guidance

The Silver Lining

Posted on April 21, 2020 by

Dave Van Damme
The week of April 15 usually marks the end of “busy season” or “tax season” in the public accounting world. CPAs all over the United States celebrate the end of long hours and enjoy the feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping their clients meet financial reporting and tax deadlines.

Digital Advisory Services

Financial Analysis Video: Days Cash On Hand

Posted on April 6, 2020 by

Dave Van Damme
In light of COVID-19, business owners, CFOs and operations managers are spending a lot of time thinking about cash flow. Now, more than ever, cash is king and understanding how to plan over the next few months and beyond is vital. Watch the video to learn more.

COVID-19, Tax & Assurance Guidance

Business Survival: Protecting Cash

Posted on April 3, 2020 by

Dave Van Damme
As the world faces, and attempts to absorb, the realities presented by the Covid-19 health crisis, businesses and in particular small businesses, need to be focused on survival.

Client Accounting Services, COVID-19, Industrial Automation Companies, International Businesses, Manufacturers & Distributors

CARES Act Special Rules for Use of Retirement Funds

Posted on March 30, 2020 by

Dave Van Damme
The CARES Act includes a number of provisions to allow access to retirement funds in employer-sponsored retirement plans.

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