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Clay Calkins

Clay Calkins

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Since 2015, Clay has been a valuable member of the Cole Gavlas team. He currently serves as a staff accountant and works primarily with restaurants and bars, breweries, retail establishments, and dental practitioners. A lot of his work involves fulfilling monthly accounting duties.

Clay strives to maintain a good balance in his work and is always happy to cooperate with his teammates. His primary goal is simple: do what is best for his clients. Clay chose to pursue a career in accounting because it came naturally to him and presented a good opportunity to use his abilities. He attributes his success to a combination of his hard work, inquisitive nature, outgoing personality, and good upbringing—as well as a little luck along the way!

Originally from Kalamazoo, Clay currently lives in Portage. He loves the city for its abundance of great restaurants and breweries, as well as its proximity to his favorite football teams. Outside of the office, Clay enjoys playing golf, watching movies, and attending comedy shows.

A few fun facts about Clay:

  • Clay once hit a hole-in-one.
  • The Odyssey by Homer is Clay’s favorite book because it is one of the original adventure stories.
  • Clay’s favorite quote comes from George Carlin: “People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point.”


  • Michigan Association of CPAs (MICPA)


  • Western Michigan University
    • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy (2012)