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Patricia A. Drolet, CPA, PFS


"Women are as smart and as capable as men and it's about time we all recognize that."

Pat is an Executive Vice President with CBM – Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C. and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. She had been the managing partner of Drolet and Associates, PLLC, which she founded in 1997, after 10 years as a partner in another Washington, D.C.-based firm. Pat has served as the President of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs and as an elected Council Representative to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, representing the District of Columbia.

Pat works with a wide range of clients doing business in the DC metropolitan area. Her clients include attorneys and law firms, individuals, not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, and trusts and estates. She provides a variety of services, including, but not limited to, tax preparation and advice, compilations, reviews, audits (including Single Audits and ERISA audits) and management advisory services. Most recently, Pat received the Ruth Coles Harris Advancing Diversity & Inclusion Award from the Virginia Society of CPAs.

Professional Qualifications and Education

  • Certified Public Accountant, District of Columbia, State of Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting), Florida Atlantic University

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (GWSCPA)
    • Past President, Board of Governors
    • GWSCPA Management of an Accounting Practice Committee (chair 1995-96)
    • Not-for-Profit Committee
    • Tax Committee
    • Estate & Gift Tax Committee
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Member
    • Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation
    • Council Representative for the District of Columbia (2005-2007)
    • Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC), past member
  • Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Member
  • Maryland Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member

Awards & Recognition

Pat is Executive Vice President of CBM and has more than 30 years of audit and tax experience. Prior to joining CBM, she was the Managing Partner of Drolet & Associates, PLLC, in Washington D.C. Pat is the principal in charge of CBM’s 401(k) and profit sharing. This year, she received the Virginia Society of CPAs Ruth Coles Harris Advancing Diversity & Inclusion Award. In 2015, she received the Greater Washington Society of CPAs (GWSCPA) 2015 “Women to Watch – Experienced Leader” award.

On Mentoring Young Professionals…

“I believe it is incredibly important to have a mentoring program in place in our firm. Young professionals have many choices in where they decide to work. The smart employer/firm will provide guidance and a clear path towards professional development. It’s also a wonderful way to get to know someone and the relationship is actually both give and take. Everyone grows from it.”

On Today’s Environment…

“Generally speaking, today’s environment can be described in one word: difficult. Our fast-paced society allows very little time to stop and take a breath. Most of my clients are juggling work/life balance issues. Many also worry about taking care of present-day needs while trying to save for retirement.”