Kerry Defler, CPA   

Tax Partner at Aprio | Serving growth-minded manufacturing and distribution clients

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Who I work with

I serve thriving manufacturing and distribution clients of all sizes, including family-owned operations, large corporations, foreign-owned subsidiaries and private equity-backed businesses. I work closely with clients who are transferring ownership across generations and those preparing for M&A transactions, both buyers and sellers. In each instance, I work to create optimal tax structures that ensure the lowest tax liabilities possible.

My specialty

If you are looking for a proactive tax and business advisor to help you take your manufacturing business to the next level, we should talk. Backed by more than 20 years of industry-specific experience in corporate tax planning and consulting, I specialize in creating strategies that build business value and support profitable growth. One of my specialties is helping clients leverage tax credits and incentives, such as R&D tax credits, to maximize cash flow and profitability. When I am not serving clients, I lead a passionate team of over 50 tax professionals who serve businesses across manufacturing, distribution and technology.

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Unique things about me

I enjoy golf and play as much as possible. Hint, hint…

I received my Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, and my Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University.

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When I am not at work

Family is important to me, and I love spending time with my wife and four 4 kids, 2 girls 2 boys. My kids are very active in sports and we enjoy traveling as a family.

People say I am

Easygoing, hard-working, and conscientious.


I care about the success and wellbeing of our clients and team members.