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John R. Comunale, CPA

Senior Vice President | Chairman, Automotive Industry Dealership Practice

"I am motivated by my client's challenges and what makes them successful."

John is a Senior Vice President at Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C. (CBM) and serves as chair of CBM’s Automotive Industry Committee. John has more than 25 years in public accounting serving numerous businesses in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area, and Mid-Atlantic region.

John provides businesses and their owners with audit, accounting, tax and consulting services. John also has developed extensive experience in servicing a wide variety of other industries, including construction contractors, real estate developers and operators.

John has handled large and complex dealer groups providing them with consolidated financial reporting and taxation, and multi-state tax services. He has worked on dealership engagements that represent most manufacturers. John has been a lecturer and trainer on various subjects including business taxes, accounting, fraud, and operational issues.

Professional Qualifications and Education

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Maryland
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA)
  • Greater Washington Society of CPAs (GWSCPA)
  • Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA)

Civic and Business Associations

  • Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County (CBNMC) – Board of Directors/Treasurer
  • National Alliance of Auto Dealer Advisors (NAADA), a national association of CPAs and consulting firms representing over 1,500 dealers nationwide
  • AutoDealerCPAs, a national association of CPAs and consulting firms representing numerous dealers nationwide
  • Montgomery County Students Automotive Trades Foundation, Board Member

On Client Challenges…

“The biggest challenges facing our clients today are government oversight and regulation, high taxes and finding qualified employees. CBM provides advice and assistance to overcome these challenges and aid in our client’s success.”