Mr. Coffey received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 1987. After receiving his bachelor's degree, John passed the CPA examination in November 1987 and earned the Elijah Watt Sells Award for his performance on that exam. This award was presented to the top 115 scores of a total 72,000 candidates nationwide. John was an accounting instructor and textbook author for the next two years at NIU while he completed a masters degree in accounting. Upon graduation, he went to work for Coopers & Lybrand, a large public accounting firm that is now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Since becoming a licensed CPA in 1990, John has earned several professional designations which prove his commitment to the quality and value of service provided to his clients.
Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) - The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has established a credential for CPAs who specialize in personal financial planning. The PFS credential is granted exclusively to CPAs with considerable experience who can prove competency by passing a rigorous and comprehensive exam.
Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) - The National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) trains and certifies CVAs to perform business valuations. Through rigorous training and testing, CVAs demonstrate they are qualified to provide capable and professionally executed business appraisal services before earning this designation.
Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) - The ABV credential, established in 1998 by the AICPA, is granted to qualified CPAs with considerable professional experience in business valuation. Requirements to obtain this designation include passing a rigorous exam, demonstrating significant experience, and completing a minimum 75 hours of life-long learning and education activities in the area of valuation. CPAs who have earned the ABV credential must be re-certified every three years.
Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) - The CFF credential, awarded by the AICPA, combines specialized forensic accounting expertise with the core knowledge and skills that make CPAs among the most trusted business advisers. The CFF encompasses fundamental and specialized forensic accounting skills that CPA practitioners apply in a variety of service areas, including: bankruptcy and insolvency; computer forensics; economic damages; family law; fraud investigations; litigation support; stakeholder disputes and valuations.
In addition to his vast experience and credentials, Mr. Coffey has served as an expert witness in dozens of instances involving matters of business valuation, fraud investigation, and family law. John has established numerous relationships with attorneys who consult with him regularly regarding these issues.
John F Coffey, CPA PFS CVA ABV CFF