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Laura Culp, CPA, PFS, MT, CCIFP

LauraPartner, Tax Services

Construction/Real Estate Practice Leader

In one word, Laura describes BCG&Co. as ... “Progressive.”

Expertise

Laura has worked at BCG&Co. since its inception – 29 years ago, following several years of broad experience as a senior member of an international accounting firm. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business from Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Taxation degree from The University of Akron.

Laura is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP), and holds a FINRA Series 65 License. She demonstrates a strong commitment to superior client service, which is proven by our clients’ reliance on and request for her strong tax planning skills.

Specialization

Most notably, Laura leads the firm’s Construction and Real Estate Development Industry Practice Group with over 30 years of experience working with these industries. She has extensive knowledge of the unique tax and financial issues contractors and developers face, and her clients appreciate her down-to-earth business advice. Laura has expert knowledge in the areas of merger and acquisition, succession planning, retirement plans, especially ESOPs, estate planning and multi-state income and sales tax compliance and planning. She serves clients in both tax planning and wealth management, providing a higher level of service and more streamlined experience.

Professional Associations

  • Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)
  • Tax Division of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • ESOP Association
  • National Center for Employee Ownership
  • Ohio Employee Ownership Center
  • Subcontractors Association of Northeast Ohio (SANEO)
  • National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC)
  • Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)
  • Ohio Contractors Association (OCA)
  • Builder's Exchange of East Central Ohio
  • American Institute of  Architects (AIA)
  • Surety Association of Ohio

Awards and Leadership

  • Awarded ‘Tax Planner of the Year’ Distinctions (2013 and 2012) at the annual PrimeGlobal Tax Conference.

  • Published author of “Lean Construction: It’s All About the Process” article in Builder’s Exchange January 2011 issue; and “Top Five Change Factors” article in CFMA’s Building Profits May/June 2010 issue.

  • Presented at the 2014 University of Akron National Tax Conference - "Partnership Property Contributions and Special Allocations"; Presented at Goodwill's Good Planning + Good Deeds + Goodwill in 2013 - "Estate Planning, Implications and Opportunities"; Presented to the Akron Bar Association in 2010 - "Tax Considerations for ESOPs"; Lector at the 2004 University of Akron National Tax Conference - "ESOP - An Alternative Exit Strategy."

  • Serves as: member of the Executive Committee for the Akron-Canton Chapter of the Ohio Contractors Association, Chairperson of the UA College of Business Administration Advancement Council, Member of the Akron General Hospitals Board of Trustees and Akron General Health System Investment Committee. Alumni Admissions Representative for Lafayette College and serves on the Estate Planning Professionals Council for The University of Akron and the Advisory Committee for their Master of Taxation program.

  • Immediate Past Board Member of Akron General Foundation, Past Chair and Member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Akron Area YMCA, Past Chair and Member of Leadership Akron’s Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Honorary Member of Board of Trustees for the Akron Area YMCA, Past Chair of the Akron-Canton Chapter of the Ohio Contractors Association.

  • Recipient of the 2012 ‘Women of Achievement Award’ from the Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio
  • 2008 Northeast Ohio ATHENA finalist
  • Winner of the 2007 Simonetti Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Akron College of Business Administration
  • 2005 Woman Philanthropist of the Year by The Women’s Initiative Council of the United Way of Summit County
  • 1998 Woman of Distinction for Community Volunteerism by the Girls Scouts of Northeast Ohio
  • Leadership Akron graduate, class of 1994, and member of the Leadership Akron Alumni Association

Who is Laura outside the office? 

  • Laura resides in Akron with her husband Robert.
  • She grew up in … Columbus and Mansfield.
  • Spends her time … with family and friends.
  • Roots for … OSU and the University of Akron.
  • Interests … traveling, reading, genealogy, history.

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