Phil Kent is the leader of the MichaelSilver’s accounting and assurance services team ensuring that clients receive the high quality of service that they have come to expect and deserve. With over 30 years of experience, he continues to work closely with the firm’s family-owned, entrepreneurial client base in delivering a wide range of the many services needed to maintain financial health and longevity.

In addition to delivering high quality audit, review, and compilation services, Phil provides a wide range of other services, including assistance with business acquisitions and sales, profit consulting, succession planning, and employee recruitment.

Phil has dedicated his accounting and consulting career to this industry. He has provided valuable advice related to the myriad of issues specific to the dealership industry. Phil’s service approach is focused on addressing and satisfying the critical and unique compliance issues facing his clients through one-on-one consultation, as well as helping ensure that the dealership’s profits are retained and maximized.

Phil has served a broad range of clients within the real estate industry for over 30 years. Phil provides advice and guidance on accounting design, assistance with the implementation of Section 1031 deferred exchanges, implementation of cost segregation studies, as well as traditional accounting and tax compliance. His client list has included large multi-state residential rental lessors as well as captive real estate and business entities. Phil’s client service approach is entirely collaborative and hands-on, with a focus on delivering the highest level of personal service while still keeping pace with the tight timeframes that real estate transactions often experience.

Phil Kent

Philip J. Kent, CPA


How he spends his time here

Expertise Industries Membership
  • Audits, Reviews, and Compilations Engagements
  • Accounting and Tax Consulting
  • Automobile and Truck Dealerships
  • Vehicle Equipment Leasing Companies
  • Real Estate
  • Manufacturing and Distribution
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Driving Force Auto Consulting Group

How he got here

Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

How he approaches his work

“Each day at work presents itself with a to do list of specific things to accomplish. I try to bring structure to the details by staying true to our firm pillars, that is to complete my responsibilities to our clients and within our firm, with an emphasis on being innovative, trusted, consultative, and energizing.”


“I like to spend my free time with family and friends and am a sports enthusiast, both as a participant and spectator.”


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