Leadership / Management

‘A kind and accomplished man’: Reznick Group co-founder David Reznick dies at 77

The CPA profession — and especially the team at Reznick Group, P.C. — are mourning the death of David Reznick, the firm’s co-founder and chairman of the board.

Reznick died at his home in Maryland on Dec. 31, 2014. He was 77.

Reznick founded Reznick, Fedder & Silverman in 1977 with a pair of his childhood friends, Stuart Fedder and Ivan Silverman. In the years since, he helped grow the firm from a single office in Washington, D.C., to a top 20 firm with offices nationwide. In 2012, the firm merged J.H. Cohn to form CohnReznick LLP, now one of the 10 largest firms in the country.

Over the years, Reznick received many honors and awards in recognition of his professional and philanthropic work. Among them were induction into Washington D.C.’s Business Hall of Fame and the Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame, the Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Award, the Smith School Leadership Excellence Award, the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers’ Lifetime Achievement Award, the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County’s Paul Sarbanes Excellence in Public Service Award, and the National Association of Home Builders Award for his 40-plus years of contributions to the affordable housing industry.

He was a founding member of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes and helped raise funds for the research and treatment of breast cancer, children’s cancer, muscular dystrophy, leukemia, and lymphoma.

“David was an extraordinarily kind and accomplished man who left a lasting impression with everyone he met,” the firm said in a statement. “He was also a legend and visionary in the affordable housing industry that he helped to create nearly 40 years ago. David’s boundless energy, technical expertise, and infectious enthusiasm helped many of his clients and other parties achieve financial success. As one of the true pioneers of the industry, his counsel was sought by real estate developers, syndicators, and lending institutions throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. His advice on policy issues helped to shape the affordable housing industry of today.”

He was also a life member of the MACPA who joined the association in 1971.

"David was a true visionary who took a small Bethesda practice to a top 20 CPA firm in just over 30 years," said MACPA CEO Tom Hood, CPA. "He was very supportive of the MACPA, and he will be missed."

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Yachad at 1666 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20009, or the David Reznick Memorial Foundation for Housing and Community Services, Inc., at 1400 16th St. NW, Suite 420, Washington, D.C., 20036. Condolences may be made to the family at www.sagelbloomfield.com.


Bill Sheridan