Sean C. Taylor

Chief Executive Officer
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

If we are not striving for Excellence, then we are not living our Purpose.

Sean drives the vision, innovation and growth of the firm, and was named a Most Admired CEO by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2020 in recognition of his leadership.

Sean Taylor became CEO of Smith + Howard in January 2019 after 25 years of leadership progression in the Assurance practice. He joined the firm as an intern and was ultimately named partner in charge of the Assurance practice in 2010, a role he held for nearly a decade.

A recognized and respected leader, Sean presents to many for-profit and nonprofit businesses, lenders and other professional service providers. He has both served on and moderated numerous workshop and conference panels, as well as presented to local and national audiences on various topics.

As an assurance professional, Sean has spent a career providing advisory, audit, review, attestation and other assurance services for privately-held businesses and nonprofit organizations. Sean co-founded and led the firm’s Nonprofit practice and is still an active member of the Nonprofit group.

Sean is an active participant and advocate at Smith + Howard for our mentoring program, personally mentoring many of our professional and administrative staff through career progression and advancement.

Sean is actively involved as a multi-year member of various committees at Dunwoody United Methodist Church (DUMC), including finance, staff parish relations, leadership roundtable, missions and evangelism. He was also selected as chair of the strategic planning task force for DUMC as well as co-chairman of DUMC’s $5.6 million Moving Forward Together capital campaign. Additionally, Sean served seven years on the Council on Finance and Administration at the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, including time as the vice chair and chair.

Sean is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Wesleyan School, serving actively on the finance and investment committees, and is also a member of the finance committee for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

In 2012, Sean co-founded FoodStock, an annual food packaging event in Dunwoody, Georgia, where over 1,000 community members pack more than 300,000 meals in one day for children in school feeding programs around the globe. This is the largest single-day food packaging event of its kind in Georgia and, to date, this event and other food packaging events in the Dunwoody community associated with FoodStock have packaged over four million meals. Additionally, Sean serves as a mentor to 13 young men through a group he founded called Fit 4 Life, discussing various aspects of faith and life for these 13 young men.


  • Atlanta, Georgia


  • University of Georgia – Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (Leadership Academy Inaugural Member)
  • Wesleyan School (Board of Trustees)
  • Dunwoody United Methodist Church


  • Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Public Service Award (2020)
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle Most Admired CEOs (2020)


  • Sandy Springs, Georgia

Interests + Hobbies

  • Baseball
  • Kayaking
  • Reading

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