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Sean C. Taylor

CPA, Managing Partner

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 managing partner of Smith and 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 and 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, organ and evangelism. He was also selected to chair the strategic planning task force for DUMC in developing the church’s current five-year strategic plan. Recently, he completed service 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. He also serves on the finance committee for Wesleyan School as a member of the Board of Trustees.

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 three million meals. Additionally, Sean serves as a mentor to 13 teenage boys through a group he founded called Fit 4 Life, meeting weekly to discuss various aspects of faith and life for these 13 young men.

Education

  • University of Georgia – Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

Affiliations

  • 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

Awards

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

Hometown

  • Sandy Springs, Georgia

Interests + Hobbies

  • Baseball
  • Kayaking
  • Reading
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