Focus on what counts

"My greatest success is my clients' success."

Aaron Chaitovsky, CPA, CFE is the founder and co-leader of the firm’s franchise accounting and consulting practice, focusing on audit and consulting services for franchisors and multi-unit franchisees. He is also a member of Citrin Cooperman’s audit and attest committee and is a past member of the firm’s executive committee.

Experience

Mr. Chaitovsky has more than 35 years of experience in accounting and auditing and focuses his practice on a number of key niches, including franchising, retail, manufacturing, restaurants, and professional service firms. His work with franchisors includes audits of financial statements, implementation of revenue recognition in regard to ASC 606, international tax structuring, expansion consulting, due diligence and acquisitions services, the structuring of royalty audit programs and advertising funds, and succession planning. Over the past 35 plus years Aaron has advised clients in diverse industries including, restaurants and hospitality, healthcare, fitness, early childhood, recreational, professional services, therapeutic services, automotive, education and child care, as well as franchisors operating internationally in as many as 120 different countries. Aaron has a particular passion for working and advising emerging franchisors as they plan out and prepare for “growth trajectory.”

Mr. Chaitovsky is actively involved in the IFA and currently holds positions as a member of the IFA Board of Directors and its executive committee; a member of the IFA Budget and Finance Committee; current Chair of the Supplier Forum Advisory Board Executive Committee; a member of the IFA membership committee and a member of the Task Force for Franchising in the Social Sector. Aaron’s commitment to the franchise industry is demonstrated additionally by his involvement in a special task force organized by the IFA in dealing with modifying accounting standard specific to franchising in conjunction with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Aaron is a frequent author, lecturer and instructor with regard to various franchise topics. 

Education & Licenses
Licenses

Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York

Certified Franchise Executive

Presentations & Publications

Aaron frequently speaks and writes on current issues impacting the franchising and restaurant industries.

Affiliations

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Member, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)

Member, Long Island Network Exchange (LINX)

  • Former President

Member, International Franchise Association (IFA)

  • Member and Chair, IFA Budget and Finance Committee
  • Member and Chair, Supplier Forum Advisory Board Executive Committee
  • Member, Task Force for Franchising in the Social Sector
  • Member, Membership Committee of the IFA
  • Member, IFA FASB Task Force
Community Involvement

An active member of his community, Aaron is a past president of the Long Island Network Exchange, and member of the board and officer at his synagogue.