Robert Brewer

Robert J. Brewer, CPA, CCIFP


  • Jericho
  • (516) 336-2420
Robert J. Brewer is a Partner, Executive Committee Member, and the Architecture & Engineering Practice Leader at Grassi. Rob began his career in 1987 and has extensive experience in tax planning, accounting, estate planning, succession planning, and mergers and acquisitions. Rob's insight, wisdom and creativity allow him to provide expert business advice to a broad range of industries, including architecture & engineering, construction, not-for-profit, manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, and transportation.
Rob has written numerous articles on cash flow management, budgeting and workplace fraud. He recently developed and led a Construction Finance and Accounting class at New York City College of Technology. He is an active member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Rob is a distinguished CPA and one of the first in the country to earn the CCIFP (Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional) designation from the Institute of Certified Construction Financial Professionals (ICCFP). 

Rebuilding NYC Construction Safety Standards

New safety standards, the STEP program and digital learning, are impacting construction companies, their personnel, engineering and design firms, and all others along the supply chain in the NYC construction industry. The financial and operational implications of these changes are worthy of consideration.

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Millennials & Equity Ownership: A New Generation of Buyers in the A&E Market

For architecture and engineering firms in New York, succession planning is often complicated by the state mandate that requires either 100% of the ownership to be held by licensed design professionals or more than 75% ownership if the firm has applied to be a design professional corporation. This not only limits the types of third-party buyers A&E companies can entertain, such as private equity firms, but also limits the internal candidate pool of buyers for an internal sale.

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What a Contractor Should Know About the Gross Receipts Test

One of the positives that came out of The Tax Cuts and Job Act is the change in the small contractor’s exemption of Average Annual Gross Receipts (AAGR) test from $10,000,000 to $25,000,000. 

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Your Company Has a Retirement Plan – Are You Meeting Your Fiduciary Responsibilities?

While you offer your employees defined contribution, defined benefit, health and welfare, or profit sharing plans, it is important to know that offering these plans also comes with responsibilities and risks for the sponsoring company and the trustees of the plans.  

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EAlert: Tax Reform Impact on A&E Industry

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) is the biggest tax overhaul in over 30 years. With such an extensive revision of the tax code, the Architectural and Engineering industry will be deeply affected by these changes. Below are the key areas that will impact the industry.

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What’s the Latest in Lean Practices?

While the construction industry has become more informed about the inefficiencies within the current construction process, adopting a Lean approach to improve project planning and efficiencies—resulting in increased client satisfaction—has only been partially assimilated into the industry. The most important challenge to having these cohesive principles adopted by the majority seems to be lack of industry understanding of Lean.

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    BBA, Hofstra University


    NYC Chapter of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), Committee Member

    American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

    New York City Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Past Treasurer

    Long Island Business Development Council (LIBDC), Past Board Member

    New York Center for Architecture, Past Board Member

    Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Metro, Advisory Board Member
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