What sets us apart

Not all CPA firms are the same. Being a smaller firm, you can expect to have substantial Partner involvement and hands-on interaction in the services we provide. We haven’t forgotten the meaning of client service, and you can always expect a high degree of professionalism from our staff in the delivery of our services. Along the way, we also like to have as much fun as accountants can have, which contributes to a positive working relationship.


Kennedy Cottrell Richards is a proud member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) Governmental Audit Quality Center for CPA firms. The Center is a national community of CPA firms that demonstrate a commitment to governmental audit quality and raise awareness about the importance of governmental audits. The Center provides members with best practices, guidelines, and tools CPAs need to perform quality governmental audits and better serve their clients.

Members of the Center demonstrate their commitment by voluntarily agreeing to adhere to Center membership requirements, including designating a partner responsible for the its governmental audit practice, establishing quality control programs, performing annual internal inspection procedures, and making the firm’s peer review report findings publicly available.


Two of our partners, Ken Richards and Jared Cottrell, are respected faculty members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. As faculty members, Ken and Jared have provided auditing and accounting-related continuing education to other CPAs and professionals across the country. To accomplish this, Ken and Jared must stay on the cutting edge of all new accounting and auditing standards and developments. 


Kennedy Cottrell Richards' system of quality control encompasses the firm’s structure and the policies adopted and procedures established to provide the firm with reasonable assurance of complying with applicable standards governing audits and attestation engagements. Our internal quality control system includes procedures for monitoring, on an ongoing basis, whether the policies and procedures related to the standards are suitably designed and are being effectively applied.

Audit organizations performing audits and attestation engagements are required to have an external peer review of their auditing and attestation engagement practices at least once every three years by reviewers independent of the audit organization being reviewed. In September 2016, Kennedy Cottrell Richards successfully completed its latest external quality peer review. The Ohio Society of CPAs' Peer Review Acceptance Committee accepted the report. Click here for a copy of the peer review report.


Kennedy Cottrell Richards understands the importance of giving back to the community.   Our firm often bands together to help with various community service endeavors.   

Whether it's cooking meals for the families in residence at the Ronald McDonald House, lending a hand with the Meals on Wheels program at LifeCare Alliance, or assisting the special needs kids at LifeTown, we're there to help!