Lou Pizzileo, CPA Partner
An assurance and advisory Partner at Grassi, Lou Pizzileo plays a key role serving the firm’s clients in the manufacturing and distribution, technology and specialty finance practices. Entrepreneurial minded, Lou recently led the firm’s efforts in assisting companies with capturing available stimulus provided by the CARES Act, including the Paycheck Protection Program. He also recently created and leads the firm’s IT assurance practice. Lou has over 20 years’ experience serving Fortune 500 and middle market companies, both public and privately held, in a broad sector of industries.
Lou assists his clients in many roles and at various stages within their life cycle. Examples include, helping an owner-managed distribution company build a financial model for bank reporting and guiding a post-IPO client as they navigate SEC reporting requirements and the audit process.
Lou recently played a key role in assisting an owner-managed software company through a $125 million private equity recapitalization. Here he prepared the company via sell-side due diligence, stepped in as the interim CFO to support the buy-side due diligence and build a reporting model post-close, later assisting in the hiring of a permanent CFO. Lou also recently helped support a real estate technology company through a $10 million sale and a large pharmaceutical company through a $600 million sale to strategic buyers.
Earlier in his career, Lou worked for two “Big 4” firms and was part of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). At his former national firm, Lou created and led a nation-wide Technology Practice, where he assisted some of New York’s marquee technology start-ups through their initial audits.
Lou serves on his local Board of Education Audit Committee. He was also selected as an honoree for the 2012 Long Island Business News “40 Under 40” Awards. Lou is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSCPA).
Lou graduated from Long Island University with a B.S. in Accounting.