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August 20, 2018 Class of 2018

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

Photo | Erika Sidor Winners of the WBJ 2018 40 Under Forty award (from left): Michael P. McDonough, Meredith Harris, Nathan Oriol, Laura Marotta.


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.

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