By David M. Desmarais
By Daniel M. Andrea
By Melissa A Sommer, CFA, CPA
By Jessica Ashley, CPA, MBA
Paul McVay Retires After 13 years with KLR.
As Paul McVay reflects on his 13 years at KLR, two things stand out in his mind—the growth he’s witnessed at the firm and the colleagues he’s been lucky to be surrounded by through the years.
Paul came to KLR after more than 30 years working for the Rhode Island Division of Taxation. While transitioning from the state to private industry was challenging, Paul knew that his experience and expertise in the State and Local Tax area would allow him to succeed at KLR, and contribute to the firm’s growth.
As Norman Leblanc, Shareholder and Director of KLR’s State and Local Tax Services Group says, “Paul brought a wealth of knowledge to the table not just in local expertise but also in his close relationships with tax departments throughout the country. That's a rare talent to find and it was certainly appreciated.”
“Working in KLR’s SALT practice was a continuation of what I was doing for the state, but in a different environment,” Paul says, “It was good to be on the other side of the fence.”
Paul came to KLR in 2006, when the firm was operating only out of Newport and Providence. Fast forward 13 years and Paul says he’s incredibly impressed with KLR’s growth, especially the firm’s expansion into both Waltham and Boston. "I know Alan’s goal for a while was to get into the Boston marketplace. And he did. That was really impressive to witness."
And that’s not the only thing that changed in Paul’s 13 years at KLR.
“Through the years I’ve been fortunate to work with colleagues across all departments, at all levels of experience. Technology has completely transformed our industry, and it’s great to see how our younger colleagues work,”
Paul remarks (while joking that he hasn’t quite embraced technology to its fullest, still having piles of papers on his desk).
Paul’s KLR family celebrated his years at the firm with a luncheon, and Paul couldn’t be more grateful for the positive sendoff into retirement, surrounded by colleagues he has known for years.
As for Paul’s retirement plans? "Nothing big yet…right now I’m just trying to rest, spend time with my family and get to the gym more often!”