Partner and Managing Director, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA
Susan Koss is a Partner and Managing Director at O’Keefe. Ms. Koss specializes in litigation support, business valuation and forensic accounting services. Her knowledge and experience in litigation support includes breach of contract, lost profits, economic damages, and fraudulent conveyance matters.
She also performs numerous business valuations utilized in estate tax resolutions, shareholder disputes, marital dissolutions, and merger and acquisition transactions. Additionally, Ms. Koss prepares complex financial analyses utilized in business turnarounds and bank workout assignments for clients. Her restructuring expertise includes a variety of industries including but not limited to distribution, real estate and manufacturing. Ms. Koss is also involved in the quantification of economic damages for large product recalls and warranty matters.
Prior to joining O’Keefe, Ms. Koss served as a member of the international accounting team at Stellantis (formerly Chrysler Corporation). There, she initiated cost-cutting and profit-enhancement strategies to the multi-national corporation. She has also worked in the public accounting industry providing auditing and consulting services. Additionally, Ms. Koss served as a division controller at SER Solutions, Inc., a $100 million software company, where she aided top management to formulate solutions to complex financial problems. Her responsibilities included management of the daily accounting and operational functions of the Company.
Ms. Koss holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, with departmental honors, from Oakland University and is licensed by the State of Michigan as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She is accredited by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) as a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and has been awarded the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credentials by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She is a past Recording Secretary and past Chair of the Michigan Chapter of IWIRC (International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation). Ms. Koss is a board member of the Oakland University’s Accounting and Finance Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).
In 2018, Ms. Koss was a recipient of Crain’s Detroit Business’ Notable Women in Finance Award. She is also a frequent judge for the M&A Advisor awards. Ms. Koss was named one of the Top Women in Asset-Based Lending as a Strategic Advisor for the ABF Journal in the first quarter of 2021. Most recently she was recognized by DBusiness Magazine as a member of the 2021 Class of Powered by Women. Ms. Koss also recently received the 2021 Experienced Leader of the Women to Watch Award by the AICPA and MICPA.