Brennan W. Otto, CPA

Brennan W. Otto, CPA

Sandusky Office

Brennan Otto, CPA is a Partner in Training at Payne Nickles & Company, bringing extensive expertise in individual, corporate, and partnership taxation. He also manages client accounting services for small businesses, offering holistic financial solutions tailored to each business’s needs. Brennan is known for his hands-on approach and ability to clearly and easily communicate complex financial concepts. His focus on building strong, trusting relationships with his clients has made him a go-to advisor for many.

Technology Leadership and Mentorship

Brennan plays an integral role in the firm’s technology projects. He spearheaded the firm’s SafeSend implementation and led the team responsible for adopting SurePrep. Through these initiatives, Brennan has streamlined processes across the firm, enhancing efficiency and client service. Additionally, Brennan is a dedicated mentor to employees, guiding them in their professional development.

Brennan was also instrumental in leading the firm’s direction and assisting clients as the go-to person regarding the processes, rules, and regulations of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). His expertise in these critical areas has been invaluable to both the firm and its clients during challenging times.

Community Involvement

Community involvement is a cornerstone of Brennan’s professional life. He has served as the board treasurer of the Humane Society of Erie County since 2018, reflecting his commitment to giving back. He also contributed as the board treasurer for the North Coast Young Professionals, demonstrating his dedication to fostering community and professional growth.

Brennan resides in Huron, Ohio, with his wife and their five dogs. Living on a ranch, he enjoys the peacefulness of rural life, caring for their animals, and engaging in outdoor activities. His personal experiences enrich his professional perspective, making him a well-rounded and empathetic advisor.

Career Journey

Brennan graduated from Kent State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Business Accounting. His journey with Payne Nickles began as an eager intern during the tax seasons of 2015 and 2016. After joining full-time in December 2016, Brennan took a brief detour in 2018 to explore new opportunities but soon realized that Payne Nickles was his professional home. He returned to the firm in 2019, bringing back a wealth of experience and a renewed commitment to his clients. Brennan’s unique journey allowed him to gain valuable insights that now benefit his approach to client service.

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