Steve Ball, CPA, CVA, CCIFP, director of Gross Mendelsohn’s Construction & Real Estate Group, provides audit, review, compilation, tax, business valuation, succession planning and consulting services to construction contractors, architects and engineers.

Recognized as a construction industry expert in the Mid-Atlantic business community, Steve enjoys sharing his insight with members of the construction community. He's authored several articles for construction contractors, including: 

  • "Why Construction Employees Really Leave" - Construction & Accounting Taxation
  • "Contractors, How is Your Accounting Software Working for You?" - Construction & Accounting Taxation
  • “Handle Change Orders Well and Contractors Can Boost Reputation” - Baltimore Business Journal
  • “Selling Construction Business to Employees a Good Succession Plan” - Baltimore Business Journal

Steve also works with architects and engineers on overhead rates. He helps them understand how overhead rates work, and how to maximize compensation. He gave a seminar called, "What you need to know about overhead rates and how to maximize your compensation" to the Construction Specifications Institute.

Steve has been featured in several podcasts broadcast by the Maryland Construction Network (MCN). He discussed the psychology of change orders in one podcast and how to prevent fraud in another podcast. As an expert in construction accounting, Steve also participates in many industry speaking engagements and seminars, including:  

  • "Maryland’s Construction Industry Outlook: Current Conditions, Future Trends and Today’s Best Practices" - MCN
  • "Exit Planning Strategies: How to Get Real Value for Your Construction Business" - MCN (podcast)
  • “Strategies for Improving Profitability and Succession Planning” - Mid-Atlantic Build Expo in Washington, DC
  • "Strategies for Transforming Your Family-owned Construction Business" - MCN

Named to SmartCEO magazine’s prestigious “SmartCPA” list, Steve is past chairman of the Construction & Real Estate Committee of BKR, a leading global association of accounting and advisory firms. Steve is a member of the Building Congress & Exchange, Associated Builders & Contractors, American Subcontractors Association and Construction Financial Management Association.

Passionate about working with his clients on every aspect of their business, Steve often finds himself counseling clients on “life issues” as well. After all, entrepreneurs pour their heart and soul into their businesses, so it is inevitable to have business spill over into entrepreneurs’ personal lives, and vice versa. Clients regularly seek Steve’s counsel on important business and life decisions, a testimony to the intimate and trusting bond he maintains with them.

Many of Gross Mendelsohn’s staff members view Steve as a helpful mentor who champions their professional and personal development. In fact, Steve helped launch a leadership and mentoring group within the firm. The leadership group, popular with the firm’s staff, is led by Steve and another partner and provides mentoring to the future leaders of the firm. About 20 staff members participate in monthly meetings, where group members discuss leadership qualities that help shape the firm’s culture. Under Steve’s leadership, the group has discussed how they can incorporate the “seven habits of highly successful people” into their roles in the firm and the qualities that make great teams.

In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Steve is a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional. The prestigious CCIFP designation is earned only by those with specialized expertise in the construction industry. As a Certified Valuation Analyst, Steve provides business valuation services for the firm’s clients and other professionals.

In addition to his work at Gross Mendelsohn, Steve also serves on the school board for Liberty Christian School.

Education

  • Bachelor of business administration degree in accounting, James Madison University (1984)

Just for fun

  • With six children, Steve and his wife have a full house.
  • Unlike most people, Steve thoroughly enjoys public speaking, both in professional and personal settings. As a ruling elder and treasurer in his church, he regularly teaches Sunday school and has been called upon to deliver sermons when the pastors are unavailable.

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