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Steve Ball

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Steve Ball, CPA, CVA, CCIFP, is passionate about working with construction contractors on every aspect of their business. While clients often seek him out for audit, accounting and tax services, more often than not, Steve's clients rely on him for advice when making tough decisions – even personal ones.

 

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With six children, Steve and his wife have a full house.

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 publishes a report on the findings of Gross Mendelsohn's annual Maryland Construction Industry Survey.

Steve also works with architects and engineers on overhead rates. He helps them understand how overhead rates work, and how to maximize compensation.

Steve enjoys sharing his insight with members of the construction community. He's authored dozens of articles for construction contractors and has been featured in several podcasts broadcast by the Maryland Construction Network (MCN). As an expert in construction accounting with 34+ years of experience, Steve also participates in many industry speaking engagements and seminars.

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 the firm's women's initiative and leadership development program.

In addition to being a CPA, 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 serves on the school board for Liberty Christian School.

Education

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

Affiliations

  • American Council of Engineering Companies / Maryland
  • American Institute of CPAs
  • Associated Builders & Contractors
  • BKR International
  • Construction Financial Management Association
  • Institute of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professionals
  • Maryland Association of CPAs
  • Maryland Construction Network
  • National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts
  • Washington Building Congress

More Fun Facts

  • 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.

Articles By Steve

Profitability for Construction Contractors: Tips for a More Profitable Construction Company from Industry Experts

Construction contractors are getting worried about profitability. In our 2018 Maryland Construction Industry Survey, concerns about profitability jumped 11% in 2018, making it the second biggest concern contractors had for 2018.

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Maryland Construction Contractors Should Know These 5 HR Trends for 2018

As construction companies see booms in business, finding and holding onto good employees is only going to get tougher. Construction contractors must be prepared for even fiercer competition for quality staff. Our 2018 Maryland Construction Industry Survey revealed several trends in personnel development, including why employees leave, common benefits being offered and more. We documented a few of these trends in the following infographic.

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A Construction Contractor’s Guide to Recruiting Younger Employees

For the third consecutive year the #1 concern among contractors is recruiting and retaining employees, according to our 2018 Maryland Construction Industry Survey. Now that the economy has bounced back, the work is coming in but the competition for construction employees is fierce. Given the industry’s aging workforce and an unprecedented number of retiring owners, contractors need to do everything possible to recruit young employees into the industry. We polled local construction contractors to see what they think should be done to attract younger people to the profession. Here’s what they said …

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