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Alexandra B. Kessler

Partner, Government Contract Services Group

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In her role as the partner-in-charge of Aronson LLC’s Government Contract Services Group, Alexandra “Lexy” Kessler connects her clients with the solutions, resources and contacts that they need to succeed in an ever-changing government landscape.  With a reputation for candor and the ability to get to the heart of any issue, her clients rely upon her straightforward answers to complex business issues.

Lexy’s extensive expertise in assurance, tax and consulting allows her to help clients balance the challenges and opportunities inherent to the business of being a government contractor.  With more than 30 years of experience, she has been instrumental in growing her practice area into one of the most well-known and respected government contracting service providers in the country, and she is always looking for new ways to reinvent and improve upon the way they serve their diverse client base.  As a leader in her practice area and a member of Aronson’s Board of Directors, she also helps drive Aronson’s overall strategic direction and growth objectives.

Lexy’s reputation as a top expert in her field is part of the personal brand that makes her so popular on the speaker circuit.  She is frequently sought as a lecturer at industry events, and has made presentations to commercial organizations and banking institutions on issues related to government contracting. As a thought leader in her field, Lexy has provided interviews and expert commentary to such media outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Federal News Radio, Law360, and Federal Times. As a passionate advocate for the accounting profession, Lexy has served on expert panels for AICPA national conferences where she spoke on such topics as ‘the firm of the future’ and women in leadership.

Lexy is deeply involved with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, serving as a member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Government Contracts Council, and co-chairing their Government Contracts Committee. In 2013, she received the Chamber’s Chairman’s Award for her efforts in helping businesses connect and gain access to federal, state and local government procurements and adopt best business practices in accounting. Lexy serves as treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Professional Services Council. She is a former member of the AICPA PCPS committee and a current member-at-large of the AICPA Governing Council. Lexy also serves on the Board of Directors of Choral Arts.

In 2014, Lexy received the MACPA’s “Women to Watch” award, which honored her as a trailblazer who has advanced to the highest levels of management and mentored those following in her footsteps.

Lexy earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, where she sits on the Smith Business School Advisory Board.

Education: 
  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, University of Maryland
Licenses & Certifications: 
  • CPA
  • CGMA
Expertise: 
  • General assurance, tax services for government contractors
Affiliations: 
  • Board of Directors, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors, Professional Services Council
  • Board of Directors, Aronson LLC
  • Member at Large, AICPA Governing Council
  • Board of Directors, Choral Arts Society of Washington
  • Advisory Board Member, University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • Board of Directors, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (past)
  • Executive Committee Member, AICPA PCPS (past)
Awards: 
  • Women to Watch, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, 2014
  • Chairman's Award, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, 2013

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