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Kevin Johns

Kevin Johns


Kevin leads the firm's architecture & engineering group, helping entrepreneurial owners build a better blueprint for growth.

What is your area of focus?

I am dedicated to helping small and mid-size business owners expand their businesses. As the leader of our firm’s Architecture & Engineering practice, I specialize in providing tax and accounting services to architecture and engineering clients around the globe. Throughout my entire career, I have focused on supporting high-growth entrepreneurial companies by providing a deep knowledge and appreciation for the needs of the business owner.

How long have you been at Clayton & McKervey?

Since 1998

What is the favorite part of your job?

The favorite part of my job, without a doubt, is the people I get to work with.


  • Financial statement attestation services
  • Tax return preparation (business and individual)
  • Tax planning (business and individual)
  • Assistance with bank financing and banking representation
  • Merger and acquisition advisory services
  • Succession planning and ownership transitions
  • Entity selection


  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bob Jones University


  • ACEC member
  • Canadian United States Business Association, Treasurer
  • Judson Center, Board of Directors, Executive Committee
  • Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • PrimeGlobal

Articles by Kevin Johns

Architecture & Engineering Firms

5 A&E Valuation Considerations for Buyers and Sellers

Posted on August 11, 2022 by

Kevin Johns
Even if you’re not currently thinking about a transaction, building these top buyer and seller considerations into your architecture or engineering firm’s financial reporting and forecasting will ensure you’ll be ready when opportunity comes knocking. 

Architecture & Engineering Firms

Preparing for a Buy/Sell Opportunity

Posted on July 1, 2022 by

Kevin Johns
There are five aspects of due diligence that create a sensible success strategy even if you’re not in the market for a buyer or an acquisition right now. If or when you are interested in pursuing an M&A opportunity, these five considerations also position you well among potential buyers.

Architecture & Engineering Firms

A&E Deals on the Rise: Know What Your Firm Is Worth

Posted on June 13, 2022 by

Kevin Johns
A common obstacle in assessing the fair value of an architecture and engineering (A&E) firm is getting buyers and sellers to agree on what the business is worth. Sellers who understand how their business is valued are in a better position to make sure they are not leaving money on the table.  

Architecture & Engineering Firms

A&E Ownership Trends to Watch

Posted on May 12, 2022 by

Kevin Johns
We continue our A&E trend discussion with trusted Clayton & McKervey partner and Zweig Group principal Jamie Claire Kiser. In this installment, we discuss critical ownership trends to keep in mind. One of the biggest trends is the significant uptick in private equity participation and what this means for firm owners.

Architecture & Engineering Firms

2022 A&E Staffing Outlook

Posted on April 12, 2022 by

Kevin Johns
Trusted C&M partner and Zweig Group principal Jamie Claire Kiser continues her conversation about A&E trends, this time discussing critical staffing drivers that may impact A&E firms in 2022 and beyond. As those of us working in professional service firms know first-hand, attracting and retaining people is the top issue.

Architecture & Engineering Firms

10 Key Metrics Your A&E Firm Should Track

Posted on March 8, 2022 by

Kevin Johns
When it comes to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for A&E firms, conventional wisdom suggests that healthier businesses always have bigger numbers. While that’s generally true, there can be a lot more to metrics than just whether they’re going up or down.   What’s optimal for the size, growth stage, and market considerations for one business won’t necessarily be right for yours.

Architecture & Engineering Firms

A&E Firms: Inflation and the Great Resignation

Posted on February 4, 2022 by

Kevin Johns
The dual pressures of emerging inflation and the “Great Resignation” have prompted A&E industry leaders to rethink their approach to attracting and retaining the top employees they need to stay competitive.

Architecture & Engineering Firms

A&E Outlook: Gain a Competitive Edge in 2022

Posted on January 24, 2022 by

Kevin Johns
A&E firms have faced a flurry of changes in the past few years. From tax laws to workforce trends to coronavirus impacts, leaders must manage increasing amounts of uncertainty. To gain some clarity, we spoke to Jamie Claire Kiser – a managing principal at Zweig Group – about trends affecting the A&E industry.

Architecture & Engineering Firms

Navigating the M&A Revolution in A&E Firms

Posted on January 3, 2022 by

Ben Smith
Kevin Johns
By consolidating operations with allied companies or expanding their consumer base through strategic mergers, many businesses were able to survive the pandemic. As businesses attempt to return to “normal” it’s important for sellers to prove the staying power of their company and be prepared for higher scrutiny into their valuations.

Architecture & Engineering Firms

A&E Recruiting & Retention Secrets

Posted on November 3, 2021 by

Kevin Johns
Employee attraction and retention is a vital competitive factor for architecture and engineering (A&E) firms. Beyond the obvious price and technical considerations, success on any project really comes down to the skill and judgment of the people who are going to execute it.

Architecture & Engineering Firms

Is it Time to Buy or Sell Your A&E Firm?

Posted on October 28, 2021 by

Kevin Johns
Even if you don’t have current plans to buy or sell, now is a great time for you to refresh your awareness of M&A essentials. As an architecture or engineering firm owner, M&A considerations should be part of your long-term strategic planning whether or not you have a specific deal in mind.

Architecture & Engineering Firms

A&E Talent Retention: Money isn’t the Only Motivator

Posted on October 6, 2021 by

Kevin Johns
Attracting and retaining a winning roster of top talent demands a creative focus on both compensation planning and cultural factors that matter to the professionals who create today’s engineering and architectural marvels. Here are some compensation planning and cultural considerations to help promote A&E talent retention.

The Sound of Automation Podcast

Industrial automation businesses are the driving force behind Industry 4.0, and Clayton & McKervey is here to help.

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