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Brian Sweeney, CPA

Brian Sweeney, CPA
Brian Sweeney is a partner, the employee ownership (ESOP) team leader, and also a client manager specializing in financial statement audits, business and systems consulting, management and advisory services, and mergers and acquisitions. He works with closely-held businesses in a variety of industries, including manufacturing and wholesale distribution, with a specialty focus on employee-owned companies. As Redpathโ€™s ESOP team leader focusing on client services, financial health, and cultural consulting to employee-owned companies. He works to protect S Corp ESOPs and stays up-to-date and knowledgeable on issues, changes, and legislation through involvement and committee leadership roles in the ESOP community. Brian was elected to and serves on the board of Directors for the National Center of Employee Ownership. He is an active member of the Finance Committee for the ESOP Association, the Government Relations Committee of the ESOP Association Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, and Employee-Owned S Corporations of America. Brian is a regular presenter on employee ownership topics at local, regional, and national events. He has provided public accounting services at Redpath and Company since 1998.

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Does Your Manufacturing Company Need a CFO or a Controller?

January 12, 2021 - No matter the size of your manufacturing company, there's likely to come a time you'll wonder if you need more internal help with your finances. If you don't have one, you might consider hiring a chief financial officer (CFO)...

PPP Forgiveness Could Take Years for Your Business โ€“ Here's How to Prepare

December 10, 2020 - The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created to help American businesses tide over the COVID-19 coronavirus, and businesses applied in droves: about 5 million businesses were approved for PPP loans by the Small Business...

How Can the Recession Impact Your ESOP Strategy?

August 13, 2020 - When you're ready to exit your business, you have many options for how to go about planning what will happen when (and after) your exit. Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) are one of them โ€“ but how do you know what's right...

Code Section 139: Benefits for Employees and Employers

April 27, 2020 - While it is a little-known section of the Internal Revenue Code, Section 139 can provide employees with benefits on a tax-free basis, and employers a deduction with limited administrative burden. Note that this does not need to...

1042 Election: Defer Taxes on Your Sale to an ESOP

ESOPs come with a variety of advantages for the sponsoring company, the selling shareholders, and employees alike. For shareholders considering selling to an ESOP, a 1042 rollover can be a great tax deferral opportunity. Furthermore, while access...

Benefits of Being an ESOP Firm

October 16, 2019 โ€” Imagine you own a business, and it's profitable. While it's been great running the show, you'd like to be able to divest some of your time away without selling to a third party or introducing heightened risk to your company....

Proud to Sponsor and Speak at NCEO 2019

St. Paul, Minnesota (February 12, 2019) โ€“ Accounting firm Redpath and Company, Ltd. (Redpath) is a proud sponsor of the NCEO conference in Pittsburgh this spring.

We're Speaking at the Fall ESOP Forum in Albuquerque

August 15, 2018 โ€”Do you have questions as an ESOP plan sponsor? Brian Sweeney, our ESOP Partner will be at The Fall ESOP Forum: Best Practices in Employee Ownership, sponsored by the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO). 

Would Employee Ownership Better Your Business?

[February 2, 2020 Update: We have a more comprehensive version of this article available on this page.] Deciding if an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is the right business strategy for you is a little more complex than just addressing some...