Tim Finerty

Tim Finerty

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Tim is known for his inclusive & solutions-oriented approach and his ability to easily connect with clients and staff.

What is your area of focus?

I provide high-level tax, accounting and consulting services to business owners of domestic closely-held companies and foreign-owned subsidiaries. As practice leader for our Industrial Automation sector, I am particularly attuned to the needs of system integrators, manufacturers and distributors; guiding many on their growth and strategic plans, including expansion to other states and countries with a focus on Mexico.

How long have you been at Clayton & McKervey?

Since 2001

What is the favorite part about your job?

Providing value-added services that meet my clients’ needs.

Specializations

  • Advice and counsel to entrepreneurial business owners
  • Research & Experimentation tax credits and IC-DISC analysis
  • Mexican & Latin American tax and accounting: entity structure, transfer pricing, exchange rates
  • Assurance services with focus on Financial Reporting Framework for Small and Mid-Sized Entities
  • Consultation for improving key financial indicators
  • Digital Transformation

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Michigan State University

Connections

  • Automation Alley, Board Member & International Business Advisory Council
  • Control Systems Integrators Association, Affinity Program
  • Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Manufacturing Task Force
  • Association for Advancing Automation
  • Pine Lake Country Club, Board Member

Tim 360°

If you had to choose a different job, what would it be?
A professional golfer

What’s your favorite movie line?
Show me the money!

If you could learn anything, what would it be?
How to fly an airplane

Articles by Tim Finerty

Industrial Automation Companies

Industrial Automation: 5 Business Valuation Considerations

Posted on May 12, 2022 by

Tim Finerty
Business valuation concerns are just as important to industrial automation leaders as they are to owners in other big market sectors. Capital Valuation Group (a key Clayton & McKervey partner that focuses almost exclusively on business valuation consultation) recommends getting an early start and treating valuation like a routine investment check. We have collected some insights here on how to adopt that investor mentality and apply it to your business. 

Industrial Automation Companies

Putting Culture into Action: How to Build Employee Engagement

Posted on September 17, 2021 by

Tim Finerty
Once your organization has a cultural framework in place, people need to know that it’s real. Meaningful actions that they can see and feel are essential to building lasting engagement. The kind of engagement we’re talking about goes beyond mere job satisfaction – it’s a willingness to invest discretionary effort in the mission of your organization.

Industrial Automation Companies

Building a Foundation of Trust for Internal Communications

Posted on September 7, 2021 by

Tim Finerty
Learn about the role internal communications practices play in establishing a vibrant organizational culture. When you have processes like this in place, your cultural objectives have a better chance of success. In turn, this boosts engagement in a way that makes people want to invest discretionary effort in fulfilling your organization’s purpose.

Industrial Automation Companies

Leadership: The Key to a Thriving Company Culture

Posted on August 23, 2021 by

Tim Finerty
For any set of cultural beliefs and behaviors to become an authentic part of your company’s daily work experience, you need “culture champions” at every level of the organization. There’s no question that your team of champions must include front line workers, but studies confirm that middle and line managers are also essential catalysts for culture adoption.

Industrial Automation Companies

Retaining Top Talent in a Post-Pandemic World

Posted on August 11, 2021 by

Tim Finerty
Company culture plays a critical role in attracting and retaining top talent. Learn how the pandemic has changed work as we know it and what "coming back" to work looks like.

Industrial Automation Companies

Win the Talent Game with the Right Company Culture

Posted on July 15, 2021 by

Tim Finerty
Attracting and retaining top talent in an increasingly competitive, post-COVID hiring market has become a hot topic for business leaders in many sectors, including those who specialize in industrial automation. Learn how company culture can have a positive impact.

Industrial Automation Companies

Creative Ways to Build Culture

Posted on June 15, 2021 by

Tim Finerty
As 2021 presses on, one thing that remains on everyone’s minds is talent. Tune into our upcoming live video event series to learn why culture is such an important piece of the talent puzzle, and how it can help your business thrive.

Industrial Automation Companies, Tax & Assurance Guidance

The R&D Tax Credit: 280(c) Elections

Posted on March 18, 2021 by

Tim Finerty
Bryan Powrozek
In this sixth installment in our series on R&D tax credits, we take a closer look at 280(c) elections and summarize the potential tax benefits for qualifying business owners.

General, Industrial Automation Companies, Tax & Assurance Guidance

The R&D Tax Credit Four-Part Test

Posted on March 11, 2021 by

Tim Finerty
Bryan Powrozek
In this installment of our R&D tax credit series, we’ll take a closer look at the R&D tax credit four-part eligibility test. It turns out that the qualification bar is often lower than many business owners believe.

General, Industrial Automation Companies, Tax & Assurance Guidance

How to Claim R&D Tax Credits

Posted on March 4, 2021 by

Tim Finerty
Bryan Powrozek
One of the most persistent myths about the R&D tax credit is that the claim process is too complex to be worth it. While it does require extra supporting documentation, the backup you need can most often be found in routine business records you already keep. Let's take a look at how to claim the R&D credit.

General, Industrial Automation Companies, Tax & Assurance Guidance

How to Calculate R&D Tax Credits

Posted on February 25, 2021 by

Tim Finerty
Part three of our R&D tax credit series provides a quick overview of R&D tax credit calculation methods, including the RRC and ASC.

Industrial Automation Companies, Tax & Assurance Guidance

What Expenses Qualify for R&D Tax Credits?

Posted on February 18, 2021 by

Tim Finerty
Bryan Powrozek
The R&D tax credit is one of the most overlooked opportunities to boost your bottom line. Many business owners fail to claim it under the mistaken belief that they’re not eligible. Let's review the types of expenses that qualify for an R&D tax credit.

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