40 Under Forty: Michael P. McDonough, CPA, 39


McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP, Sutton

Lives: Grafton

Birthplace: Worcester

Colleges: Syracuse University

In high school, McDonough already knew what he wanted to be when he grew up – a tax accountant. While still in high school, he founded a landscaping company with a close friend. They sold the company before heading off to college, but McDonough often reflects on it as his most rewarding business venture. After graduating from Syracuse, McDonough joined PricewaterhouseCoopers' client services group in 2001 to obtain experience to start his own firm. After getting his certified public accountant license while at PwC, he launched his practice in 2006 and grew it enough to bring aboard two former PwC colleagues, including wife Leah McDonough. Now, the three partners serve small local businesses and families. McDonough serves as a trustee of the Millbury Savings Bank and as a member of the Worcester Estate & Business Planning Council. He volunteers as a coach in his hometown for Grafton Youth Soccer, Grafton Youth Basketball and Grafton Little League. He has new aspirations to start a nonprofit, and if his history is any indicator, that organization should become a reality. 

From 40 Under Forty judge Kate Sharry: “With his entrepreneurial spirit starting in high school, Mike has used his talents to grow a successful firm and give back to the youth in his community.”

What will be the title and tagline of the movie about your life? “The Disappearing Tax Dad: Missing for three months every year but comes back stronger every April”

What is the best advice you've ever gotten? My wife Leah tells me to “stay in the present.” I tend to dream a bit, so she makes sure I enjoy life along the way.
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.