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Ronnie Dawson Elected Managing Partner


Ronald H. Dawson, Jr., partner in charge of Ericksen Krentel’s Accounting and Audit Services Section, has been elected the firm’s fifth managing partner, effective January 1.

As managing partner, he is responsible for creating and managing operational strategies that help the firm better serve its clients and the marketplace in addition to leading all strategic and administrative activities. Dawson most recently served as partner in charge of Ericksen Krentel’s Accounting and Audit Services Section, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of a team of more than 20 accountants. Dawson also serves as segment leader of the firm’s construction and real estate niches.

He serves as chairman of Christopher Homes Inc., treasurer of the Associated Builders and Contractors’ New Orleans/Bayou Chapter, chairman-elect of the East Jefferson General Hospital Foundation’s board of directors, on the finance committee and capital campaign committee at St. Charles Borromeo Church, the board of directors for the Catholic Foundation, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Society for Louisiana CPAs.

Dawson was recognized among New Orleans CityBusiness’ 2017 Money Makers honorees, which recognizes local professionals for financial achievements in their respective industries and their community impact. The biggest satisfaction of his work, Dawson told CityBusiness, is getting that “a-ha moment with a client.

“It’s when the lightbulb goes off,” he said. “When you have given them the knowledge, based on your skills, analytical or otherwise, that gives them what they need to make a decision. That’s a thrill for me.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Dawson, who also received the ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter’s Member of the Year award in 2018 and the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Order of St. Louis Award in 1997, takes over for Kevin M. Neyrey CPA, CFF, PFS, AEP, partner in charge of the Tax Services Section, who served as managing partner for 10 years.

Ericksen Krentel also celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2020.

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That includes helping clients achieve their business and personal financial goals by providing innovative and exceptional services in the following areas: audit and assurance services, tax compliance and planning, outsourced CFO services and business valuations for a variety of industries; employee benefit plan audits; fraud and forensic accounting; business planning; IT consulting; loss calculations; and estate planning.

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