Aprio Names Nicole Mitchell as First Chief Practice Officer

November 8, 2022

CPO to support strategic growth through new services and solutions for clients across firm’s expanding markets

ATLANTA/ROCKVILLE – Nationally ranked business advisory and CPA firm Aprio, LLP announced today that Nicole Mitchell is joining the top 35 firm as Chief Practice Officer in the Rockville office, effective January 1, 2023.

Mitchell joins Aprio following the firm’s announcement that Washington D.C.-based Aronson, LLC, will merge with Aprio – Aprio’s largest merger to date. Mitchell joined the firm in 1998 and currently serves as the Lead for Aronson Advisory Services. In her new role as Aprio’s first Chief Practice Officer, she will lead continued growth through organic strategy providing leadership, coordination and guidance across the firm’s burgeoning specialty services and segments, including Government Contracting, Nonprofit and Construction – prominent industries for Aronson, served by Aprio post-merger.

“As we enter this exciting new phase with Aprio, we cannot think of a better person than Nicole to step into this role and ensure we provide a truly exceptional client experience,” said Lexy Kessler, Aronson’s Managing Partner who will serve as Aprio’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Leader. “It was evident to the team at Aprio that she is driven by her passion to develop solutions and help clients navigate challenges, and there’s no doubt that as we charge forward together as one firm, Nicole will support Aprio in further growth and new opportunities for our clients and for our team members.”

Mitchell brings more than 24 years of experience to the Chief Practice Officer role. Agile, with a focus on creating impact, she has taken multiple clients from start up to lucrative exit in the federal contracting space as a trusted advisor and produces value by providing end to end efficiencies.

“During my career I have enjoyed building new practice areas, expanding service offerings, and creatively solving client’s complex problems,” Mitchell said. “These solutions have been powered by the talented team members at Aronson, and I am excited for this next phase of my career and look forward to working with our team to develop solutions for our combined, diverse client base. Our mutual forward thinking and growth-mindset brought Aprio and Aronson together and will further position Aprio as the ideal partner for middle-market businesses as we are focused on investing in clients’ success and helping find and expand their next passion.”

Mitchell is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and was recognized for the ‘Women to Watch’ distinction by the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants in 2013. She is also an active volunteer and supports causes for veterans and children, including Girls on the Run and The Veterans Institute for Procurement.

For more information about Aprio, visit www.aprio.com.


About Aprio

Aprio is a premier, full-service business advisory and certified public accounting firm that advises clients and associates on how to achieve what’s next. Aprio’s associates work as integrated teams across advisory, assurance, tax, outsourcing, talent solutions and private client services, bringing the best thinking and personal commitment to each client. Across practices, Aprio brings together proven expertise, deep understanding and strategic foresight for industries including Manufacturing and Distribution; Non-Profit and Education; Professional Services; Real Estate; Construction; Retail, Franchise and Hospitality; Government Contracting, and Technology and Blockchain. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Aprio has grown to over 1,400 team members. To serve clients wherever life or business may take them, Aprio’s teams speak more than 35 languages and work with clients in over 50 countries. For more, visit https://www.aprio.com/.

Media contact: Jordan Haywood, 770-353-3180, jordan.haywood@aprio.com