PKF O’Connor Davies’ Clare E. Cella Recognized in Crain’s New York Business’ 2021 ‘Notable Women in Accounting & Consulting’

Share Article

Cella honored as trailblazer, praised as one of the ‘best of the industry’

“Clare is an inspirational trailblazer. Rising through the ranks to become a key leader at the Firm, her career reflects a deep commitment to her clients and serves as a model for younger colleagues to emulate and aspire toward,” said Kevin J. Keane, Managing Partner at PKF O’Connor Davies.

PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, one of the nation’s largest accounting, tax, and advisory firms, is proud to announce that Clare E. Cella, Office Partner-in-Charge of the Firm’s New York City location, has been named to Crain’s New York Business’ 2021 “Notable Women in Accounting & Consulting” cohort. Cella joins 66 other female professionals identified by Crain’s for their career triumphs, leadership expertise, and involvement in industry and community organizations. The program acknowledges the accomplishments of women in the accounting and consulting fields and recognizes their ongoing efforts to overcome gender barriers and achieve true parity in the workplace.

“Clare is an inspirational trailblazer. Rising through the ranks to become a key leader at the Firm, her career reflects a deep commitment to her clients and serves as a model for younger colleagues to emulate and aspire toward,” said Kevin J. Keane, Managing Partner at PKF O’Connor Davies. “She continues to command widespread respect and for good reason. We are honored to count Clare as a member of our team, and we congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition.”

Cella brings more than 30 years of experience in public accounting to her role at the Firm. She currently focuses on providing accounting and auditing services for both private and publicly held hospitality, real estate, and commercial clients. An expert in all aspects of hospitality accounting and management, Cella advises clients on both US GAAP and income tax financial reporting matters, including internal control policies and procedures and operational issues. She also provides accounting and business consulting services to purchasers and sellers in both the hotel and real estate markets. Outside of her client-facing responsibilities, Cella serves on the Firm’s Administrative Committee, chairs the Firm’s Human Resources (HR) Committee, participates in staff recruitment and mentoring, and helps to organize the Executive Hospitality and Lodging and Private Club Executive Symposiums.

“Throughout my career, I have always enjoyed serving my clients, colleagues, and community,” said Cella. “I’m inspired by the female professionals I have the pleasure of working with on a daily basis, and I am honored to receive this recognition.”

Cella is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York and offers her expertise in service to a number of professional organizations. In addition to her membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), she is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the Past Chair of its Hospitality Committee, and a Former Member of its Committee for Diversity of the Profession. Cella belongs to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP). She serves as HFTP’s Treasurer, past President, a Member of the Board of Directors of its New York City Chapter, and a Member of its Mid-Jersey and Long Island Chapters. Cella holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Hofstra University.

For more information about Crain’s New York Business’ 2021 “Notable Women in Accounting and Consulting,” visit

Located throughout the East Coast, PKF O’Connor Davies has 14 offices in six states and continues to expand through organic growth and acquisitions. It has supported this growth with a strategic combination of promoting from within coupled with an ongoing focus on top-tier external hires.

About PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP

PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP is a full-service certified public accounting and advisory firm with a long history of serving clients both domestically and internationally. With roots tracing to 1891, 14 offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Florida, and Rhode Island and more than 1,000 professionals led by over 100 partners, the Firm provides a complete range of accounting, auditing, tax, and management advisory services.

PKF O’Connor Davies is a top-ranked firm, according to Accounting Today’s 2021 “Top 100 Firms” list and was recently recognized as one of “America’s Best Tax Firms” by Forbes. In additional 2021 rankings, PKF O'Connor Davies was named one of Vault's Accounting 50, a ranking of the 50 best accounting employers to work for in North America and ranked among the top 50 most prestigious accounting firms in America in a complementary Vault survey. The Firm is the 12th largest accounting firm in the New York Metropolitan area, according to Crain’s New York Business, and the 10th top accounting firm in New Jersey according to NJBIZ’s 2019 rankings. PKF O’Connor Davies is enrolled in the AICPA Peer Review Program and has central memberships in the Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS), the Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center (EBPAQC), Government Audit Quality Center (GAQC), and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

By consistently delivering proactive, thorough, and efficient service, PKF O'Connor Davies has built long-lasting, valuable relationships with its clients. Partners are closely involved in the day-to-day management of engagements, ensuring a high degree of client service and cost effectiveness. The Firm’s seasoned professional staff members employ a team approach to all engagements to provide clients with the utmost quality and timely services aimed at helping them succeed. Continuity of staffing and attention to detail in all client engagements make the Firm stand out among its competitors.

PKF O’Connor Davies is the lead North American representative of the international association of PKF member firms. PKF International is a network of legally independent member firms providing accounting, tax, and business advisory services in over 400 locations in 150 countries around the world. With its tradition, experience, and focus on the future, PKF O’Connor Davies is ready to help clients meet today’s ever-changing economic conditions and manage the growing complexities of the regulatory environment. For more information, visit

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Kathleen O’Toole
Visit website