Stephanie O’Rourk, CPA, is a partner at CohnReznick who leads the firm’s National Hospitality Emerging Concepts and Operational and Financial Consulting Divisions. She is also a member of the Performance Improvement practice where she helps the firm increase collaboration across service lines and create new services to help clients drive growth.
With public accounting experience that began in 1991, and includes audit, advisory and tax, Stephanie has worked closely with entrepreneurs, advising clients on best practices and tax efficient strategies. Her clients consider her a trusted business advisor and value her experienced insights and business acumen.
Having worked with many of the nation’s leading hospitality growth concepts and franchisees, she specializes in implementing best practices and industry standard reporting and financial controls to set businesses up for profitable growth. Stephanie leverages her knowledge of the best-in-class technologies available to help clients achieve their goals while also creating business optimization and efficiencies. Stephanie has helped developed our Profit Enhancement Programs and cash flow management systems, which allow companies to run efficiently and to maximize their profitability. Used properly, these programs provide operators with a road map for their financial success and forecast their cash needs as their companies continue to grow. She specializes in businesses that operate one to 50 units.
As a subject matter expert for the firm’s hospitality industry, Stephanie assists the firm’s Transactional Advisory, Restructuring and Dispute Resolution Services, Value360, and CFO Advisory Groups.
Stephanie also co-leads the SBA Task Force initiative for the Firm which is focused on providing up-to-date guidance to businesses seeking financial assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. She is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed and quoted in numerous periodicals including Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.
In 2020, Stephanie became a Board member of #ATLFamilyMeal, a Georgia nonprofit organization whose mission is to feed, nurture and support hospitality workers and their families experiencing hunger and joblessness in the metro Atlanta community. She was selected as one of the Top 50 Women in Business and was featured among Long Island’s Who’s Who of Women in Professional Services by Long Island Business News.
29 June 21: Where the Restaurant Recovery Goes from Here, FSR
18 June 2021: Here’s What Operators Should Know After this First Round of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, Nation’s Restaurant News
31 March 21: Hospitality Technology is a Catalyst for Business Agility, Hospitality Technology
30 March 21: An Error In The Federal Relief Plan Shuts Out New Restaurants, But a Fix Is In The Works, TWP
15 March 21: How the New COVID-19 Relief Package Impacts Employers, SHRM
7 May 20: Which Paycheck Protection Program Expenses Are Eligible for Forgiveness, SHRM
16 Apr 20: Restaurants Say Paycheck Protection Program Has Restrictions That Make The Funding Untouchable , Forbes
10 April 20: Freelancers and independent contractors can now apply for SBA Paycheck Protection Program loans, Fortune
9 April 20: The Paycheck Protection Program: Feedback from the front lines, Restaurant Hospitality
7 April 20: Many small businesses are being shut out of a new loan program by major banks, Vox
7 April 20: With Survival At Stake, Small Business Owners Frustrated By Aid Delays, NPR
6 April 20: Big Restaurant, Hotel Chains Won Exemption to Get Small Business Loans, Wall Street Journal
BS, Accounting, State University of New York, Binghamton
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants
New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
Seated, Advisory Board
#ATLFamilyMeal, Board Member