Contractors Guide: What You Should Know As You Manage Through the Covid-19 Environment
Recorded On: 04/08/2020
A new reality is well underway and impacting numerous job sites, contractors and businesses across the U.S. Jack Callahan, CohnReznick’s national construction industry leader, and Cristi Lewis, CohnReznick’s mid-Atlantic construction lead, discuss the current climate, strategies and insights contractors are facing due to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. To survive and reposition, contractors have many considerations but seven are top-of-mind: newly enacted government programs, cash position, wind down strategies, labor management, external commitments, site security and contracts. Jack and Cristi will cover these and more.
CPA, Partner - Construction Industry Leader
With more than 35 years of experience, Jack Callahan serves as CohnReznick's Construction Industry Leader overseeing a team of 200 professionals across the United States. He has served as a trusted advisor to contractors throughout their entire lifecycle demonstrating exemplary client satisfaction building a reputation as a results-oriented leader dedicated to driving company growth and transformation. Jack and his team have worked extensively with both private developers and public agencies to develop and implement fiscal and integrity monitoring programs to successfully mitigate the costs of fraud, waste, and abuse on large development projects. Jack was the lead partner for CohnReznick on the monitoring and investigative work performed at Ground Zero and continues to spearhead the ongoing initiatives at LaGuardia and O’Hare airports. Jack has extensive knowledge, insights, and experience in accounting, corporate taxation, and business consulting matters within the construction community and values his well-earned role as trusted business advisor.
Jack joined CohnReznick in August 2005 after serving as the managing shareholder of a leading private New Jersey accounting firm. He is actively involved in all aspects of the Construction and Engineering industry and a member of numerous industry trade groups. Jack got involved early in creating a support role for Public Private Partnerships, is an active member of American Institute for the Advancement of American Infrastructure. Jack’s individual accomplishments include his status as a Mole and serving on their finance committee, role as Treasurer for ACE Mentor Program of NY, and the Minority Business Development Institute. He presents regularly at conferences and is well known as an industry thought leader presenting on webinars, publishing business articles, and providing insights on social media through various industry trade groups and firm publications.
Cristi Lewis is an audit partner based in CohnReznick’s Charlotte office. She leads the Mid-Atlantic Construction Industry Practice group and provides clients financial statement audits, accounting, business consulting, agreed upon procedures engagements, regulatory compliance, and benefit plan audits. In her 15+ years of experience, she has focused on construction contractors, commercial real estate, residential multi-family housing, governmental agencies and many small business clients.
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