Matt Gardner, CPA


Matt co-founded Gardner & Capparelli with Jim Capparelli in June 2016. He has over 12 years of experience in the accounting and finance industries.

Matt’s role within the organization includes providing overall vision, leadership and he also heads the firm’s sales, marketing and branding initiatives.

Matt leads the VCFO and Accounting Services practice, with his team serving over 50 companies. Matt is the acting CFO for most of these businesses contributing to overall the financial strategy and strategic plans. This involves managing banking relationships including refinancing initiatives, and supporting his clients through mergers, acquisitions and fundraising endeavors. Matt has also navigated clients through financial turnarounds.

Matt also leads the company’s attestation practice, providing review and compliance services to businesses in a variety of industries.

Matt’s expertise is in the software, technology, gaming, professional services, construction, manufacturing and distribution industries, and start-up organizations, amongst others.

For almost 10 years prior to founding Gardner & Capparelli, Matt gained valuable experience with a local, large public accounting firm as a senior audit manager. During his career, he also served as treasurer for the largest olive oil importer and distributor in the U.S.

A very active member of our community, Matt serves on several local boards, including Syracuse CoWorks and First Tee of Syracuse. He has also previously served on the boards of 40 Below of Syracuse and the Jowonio School. He is an avid golfer and long-time member of Tuscarora Golf Club.

Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, Matt graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego and lives in Westvale with his wife Beth, daughter Sophie, son Milo and dog Lily.