July 4, 2017 Q&A with Featured Hockey Players in Business Member: Rob MacKinlay
President, Cohen & Company Private Company Services
Where did you grow up?
Born in Sarnia, Ontario (just across the border from Port Huron, Michigan); moved a number of times during my childhood, including stops in Winnipeg (or “Winterpeg”), Manitoba, Edmonton, Alberta and Calgary, Alberta, and, finally, to Mentor, Ohio, in the summer of 1994.
What is your hockey history?
- Hooked on hockey at the young age of three
- AA/AAA hockey for most of my youth
- Four years of Division 1 Club hockey at Mercyhurst University
- Taught private lessons, clinics and then eventually full-week hockey camps
- Coached and assisted with various youth teams since 1994
- All leagues lead to Men’s League, in which I still play and will continue to play until the day I die (or until my body can’t take it anymore)
What business are you in now?
As President of Cohen & Company’s Private Company Services Division, I lead the firm’s accounting, tax and consulting practices. Our firm as a whole serves private companies and the investment industry. We employ more than 450 associates, serve clients throughout the country and have offices in Ohio, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Personally, I am responsible for the Division’s financial performance; growth, training and retention efforts; and strategic and tactical initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions and other geographic expansion efforts, including recent offices in Detroit and Pittsburgh.
How has hockey helped you achieve success?
Hockey has significantly shaped me as a person. It taught me and continues to teach me the value of hard work, personal accountability, team work, collaboration and emotional intelligence. Hockey has taught me to never quit, to never get out worked and if you fall short of your goal, get back up and go after it again.
Can you share a few fun facts about yourself?
In addition to a love for hockey (and my wife and two kids), I still make time for my next favorite pastime: golf, preferably ending with a Crown and Coke on the back patio at Kirtland Country Club.