Patty Kautz has more than 34 years of experience as a strategic leader in finance and operations. Ms. Kautz is known in the industry for providing the leadership necessary to support company growth focused on effective operational processes, controls, and reporting procedures that help accounting firms achieve financial strength and operational efficiency. Her expertise includes financial management of the firm, governance procedures, mergers and acquisitions, oversight of operational departments, infrastructure and process improvement, policies and procedures development, facilities oversight, and strategic risk management.
Before joining GRF, Ms. Kautz served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at VonLehman & Company. Her extensive career also includes managing the accounting departments for entities owned by a large family office and serving as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche (now Deloitte).
A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Ms. Kautz is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Ohio Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and has supported her alma mater over the years in various roles that support the College of Business and women alumni. Having previously served as President, Ms. Kautz is a member Emeritus of the University of Cincinnati College of Business Alumni Council where she actively volunteers her time mentoring alumni and current students. She was also recently recruited as the first volunteer to lead the newly formed, Women of UC Alumni Network, created to advance the power of the 164k+ female graduates of the University of Cincinnati.
Outside of the University of Cincinnati, Ms. Kautz is also active in charitable activities for nonprofit organizations such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Past leadership roles include serving her local church community as Chair of the Finance/Operations Committee and Member of the Parish Pastoral Council.