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Kevin Johns

Kevin Johns

Shareholder, Architecture & Engineering

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
  • Overhead rate audits
  • Entity selection
  • ESOP consulting and compliance


  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bob Jones University


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

Articles by Kevin Johns

7 ESOP Considerations for A&E Firms

Employee Stock Ownership Plans can help facilitate succession planning while offering special advantages for owners and employees of architecture and engineering firms, including significant tax benefits. Learn more about the benefits of an ESOP and discover why you should consider one for your A&E firm.

by Kevin Johns

Is it Time to Upgrade from Deltek Vision to Vantagepoint?

When it comes to handling finances, it's important to have the right software and stay up to date on new options. If your architecture or engineering firm currently uses Deltek Vision, here are a few reasons why you should prioritize upgrading to Vantagepoint this year.  

by Kevin Johns

8 Technologies Impacting Architecture & Engineering Firms

New technology is revolutionizing architectural design as well as engineering services. To remain competitive, A&E firms need to evaluate and embrace these applicable technology developments. Here are the eight most impactful technologies impacting architecture and engineering firms.

by Kevin Johns

5 Ways Deltek Helps A&E Firms Excel

For A&E firms, digital transformation means having real-time, 360-degree visibility into every aspect of your business. Learn how Deltek Vantagepoint can help your firm maintain a competitive edge.

by Kevin Johns

Does Your A&E Firm Need a FAR Audit?

If your architecture or engineering firm is involved in government contracts or collects federal or state funding, it is important to calculate overhead rates and make sure they are compliant with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). This should be done before you submit a grant proposal or while you are bidding for a contract subject to FAR.

by Kevin Johns

5 A&E Industry Highlights with PSMJ

If you own an architecture or engineering firm, it’s important to stay current on the latest trends impacting your industry. Here are some key insights from the PSMJ THRIVE Conference to help put you on a path of success. 

by Kevin Johns

5 A&E Valuation Considerations for Buyers and Sellers

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. 

by Kevin Johns

Preparing for a Buy/Sell Opportunity

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.

by Kevin Johns

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

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.  

by Kevin Johns

A&E Ownership Trends to Watch

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.

by Kevin Johns

2022 A&E Staffing Outlook

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.

by Kevin Johns

Key Performance Indicators A & E Firms Should be Tracking

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.

by Kevin Johns

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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