Former FASB Leader to Join BKD as Partner

Rick Cole

Springfield, Mo.-based BKD (FY19 net revenue of $662.9 million) has admitted Rick Cole as a partner in the firm’s New York office.

Cole has more than 25 years of experience working with higher education and not-for-profit organizations. He specializes in audits and advisory services for those industries.

“His vast knowledge and skills, combined with his positive attitude, determination and talent will help clients reach new heights of success,” said Ryan Reiff, MP for BKD’s New York office.

Before joining BKD, Cole worked at FASB, where he served as a supervising project manager. Cole was the project manager on Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities; ASU 2018-08, Clarifying the Scope and Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made; ASU 2019-03, Updating the Definition of Collections; and a project on financial performance reporting for business entities. Cole also was the coordinator for FASB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee and the Private Company Council.

Prior to working for FASB, Cole was vice president and controller at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and served was a senior manager with an international firm, specializing in audits of higher education institutions and other nonprofits.

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