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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

A&E Firms: Inflation and the Great Resignation

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.

by Kevin Johns

A&E Outlook: Gain a Competitive Edge in 2022

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.

by Kevin Johns

Navigating the M&A Revolution in A&E Firms

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.

by Ben Smith

by Kevin Johns

A&E Recruiting & Retention Secrets

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.

by Kevin Johns

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

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.

by Kevin Johns

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

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.

by Kevin Johns

How to Overcome Zoom Fatigue

According to a peer-reviewed study from Stanford University, “Zoom Fatigue” is a real thing. Here are some tips to help you overcome this problem and clear the mental fog that occurs when being in front of the camera all day.

by Kevin Johns

Energizing Firm Culture in a Virtual World

Maintaining a magnetic culture is tough enough in normal times, but in today’s virtual environment it’s even harder to keep team members fully engaged. Here are some tips owners can use to deal with this challenge, along with some context to help tailor your approach.

by Kevin Johns

5 Financial Considerations for Architecture and Engineering Firms

In running your architecture or engineering business, you may find yourself spending as much time working on the business as you spend working in it. Here are five financial considerations that will help you build an enterprise that lasts for you and for your employees.

by Kevin Johns

7 Cash Considerations in Challenging Times

We are living in unprecedented times; learning and adapting every day without clarity as to what the future may look like. In the midst of the uncertainty, it is as critically important that business owners lead and make wise decisions.

by Kevin Johns

Common GAAP Violations for Manufacturers

Across the manufacturing sector, there is a great amount of diverse strategies, footprints, and segment approaches as they deal with artificial intelligence augmented reality and the ever-increasing spread of robotics.  From an accounting standpoint, the one thing that often unites these companies together is GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) which provides...

by Kevin Johns

GAAP Violations

In the US, the most common accounting framework for the preparation of financial statements is Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). It is important to avoid these five common GAAP violations to reduce overhead costs and maximize profitability.

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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