Harry Cendrowski is a founding member and Managing Director of Cendrowski Corporate Advisors (CCA). Over his 35 year career, Harry has worked hand-in-hand with businesses, family offices, private equity and venture capital funds, attorneys, and nonprofit organizations to address their needs. He has helped businesses mitigate risks, streamline their operations, and deter fraud. He is a veteran of the private equity and venture capital industries, where he has implemented back and middle office operations and performed due diligence assessments of potential portfolio companies.
In the legal community, Harry’s experience has allowed him to serve as an expert witness in numerous economic damages analyses, contract disputes, lost profit analyses, business valuations, and partnership disputes. He has served as a court appointed receiver for several multi-million dollar estates, and as the accountant to the trustee in high-profile bankruptcy cases.
Harry is best known in the Real Estate industry for tax creativity including the creation of the UPREIT structure in 1991 that literally changed the industry. Simon, Zell, General Growth and many other real estate companies changed their corporate structure to copy the tax efficient vehicle created for the Taubman Company.
As for private equity firms, CCA helps them organize funds, provides due diligence services and serves as members of their advisory boards. Also, members of our Senior Team have co-written the following book:
- Private Equity: History, Governance, and Operations by Harry Cendrowski, Louis W. Petro and James P. Martin. (Our private equity publication has been used in the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business curriculum for the last ten years.)
Certifications and Qualifications:
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Illinois, Michigan, and Florida
- Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
- Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
- Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
- Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
- Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
- Certified Fraud Deterrence Analyst (CFD)
- Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF)
- National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
- Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
- Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA)
- International Association of Consultants, Valuators & Analysts (IACVA)
- National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (CVA)
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAS)
- Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), where he has served in various leadership roles
- Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA) (former member)
- FBI InfraGard Network (former member)
Harry was previously a public-company Audit Committee Financial Expert and served on the board of Birmingham Bloomfield Bancshares as Chairman of their Audit Committee and a member of their Executive Committee, and was formerly on the Michigan Advisory Board of The Private Bank.
Harry is co-author of Enterprise Risk Management and COSO: A Guide for Directors, Executives, and Practitioners; Private Equity: History, Governance, and Operations; and, The Handbook of Fraud Deterrence, all published by John Wiley & Sons. He has also authored articles in several professional publications, including a chapter in Computer Fraud Casebook: The Bytes that Bite, a textbook centered on fraud examination.
Harry is a passionate advocate for assisting families and children in need. He sits on boards of numerous nonprofit and charitable organizations and has also served on foundation and university boards. Harry is a supporter of higher-level education and served as the Chairman of the Madonna University Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Madonna University Board of Trustees, and as the Chairman of their Finance Committee and Investment Committees. Harry received a “Committed” award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals for his dedication to the educational community.
Currently, Harry sits on the Board of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan, as well as being its Treasurer, an Executive Committee member and Head of its Audit and Finance Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Finance Council of the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle.
Harry received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Detroit (now University of Detroit-Mercy), and was an adjunct professor in their Business Turnaround Management program.