CPA, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer
New York, NY
Based in CohnReznick’s New York office, Gary Levy serves as the Firm's Chief Strategy and Growth Officer. His clients include 500 operators nationwide, including many premier restaurateurs and celebrity chefs. Gary has implemented financial controls and programs to assist troubled companies with operating profitably and has helped clients structure their companies for growth and potential acquisition. Gary maintains strong relationships with private equity companies and venture capital groups to assist operators in buying, selling, merging, and valuing their companies. He has also participated in the negotiations for numerous joint ventures and partnerships with major hotel and restaurant chains.
As a trusted advisor and recognized industry expert, Gary has implemented best practices and policies for financial controls and procedures. His experience in negotiations with strategic buyers, private equity firms, and lending institutions, as well as the IRS and creditors, has resulted in increased value for his clients. He has assisted clients in restructuring debt and raising capital, overseen the investigation of misappropriations, and renegotiated deal terms, lease negotiations, and valuations.
Gary combines his extensive tax knowledge and operational experience to enhance the profitability of business owners. He is often quoted in industry publications and journals including Nation’s Restaurant News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Fortune. He has also written a feature article for the Franchise Times.
B.S., University at Albany, State University of New York
MBA, Pace University
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants