Charles L. Kern is Chairman and CEO of Kern and Company, P.C. Founded in 1980, the firm serves the Eastern and Central Pennsylvania market. Charles is a CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst), CFA (Certified Fraud Auditor), AEP (Accredited Estate Planner), ABV (Accredited Business Valuator), FCPA (Forensic CPA) and CFF (Certification in Financial Forensics) in addition to being a CPA.
Charles began his career as a management consultant and auditor in the Philadelphia office of the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young. While at Ernst & Young, he was a member of the audit/consulting teams doing work for, among others, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia School District, and the United States Army Defense and Readiness Command. His years of public accounting experience are complemented by several years in which he served as controller and treasurer of a Central Pennsylvania manufacturing firm.
He has both a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University.
Charles is a published author with articles in the Central Penn Business Journal, The Valuation Examiner, Builder-Architect Magazine, and The Journal of Forensic Accounting. He instructed junior, senior, and graduate accounting students at Penn State’s Harrisburg Campus for twelve years, where he taught advanced level courses in auditing, taxes, and accounting.
He is an active member of the American and the Pennsylvania Institutes of CPAs (PICPA), the National Association of CVAs (NACVA), and the Central Pennsylvania Estate Planning Council. He is a member and past chairman of the PICPA’s committee on Continuing Professional Education, member and past chairman of the PICPA’s committee on Forensic & Litigation Services, and chairman of the PICPA’s committee on Business Valuation services. He is on NACVA’s Committee on Recertification. He is an editor of the International Handbook on Business Valuation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of: Drug Free Pennsylvania, the Mechanicsburg Home for Children, Central Pennsylvania College’s Advisory Council of the Business Administration Programs, and The World’s Forgotten Children’s Foundation.
Charles’ hobbies and personal interests include travel to U.S. national parks and foreign countries, pleasure reading, and his membership in The Delancey Scotsmen, a Scotch tasting club.