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Leon L. Rives II

Leon L.Rives II

Leon L. Rives II, CPA, is a founding partner of School Efficiency Consultants, LLC and of Rives & Associates, LLP. His extensive experience in tax, audit, accounting, and attest services is beneficial to local school districts that partner with SEC.  At Rives and Associates, Leon Rives II is the managing partner and is charged with leading the firm, including the firm’s niche in supplying auditing and consulting services to school systems throughout the United States. Under his leadership the firm has grown by more than tenfold in 5 years.

His specializes in providing strategic and operational leadership to troubled organizations. With more than 10 years of experience in the corporate world, he specializes in implementing corporate efficiencies into the fiscal world of school systems. His background includes leading a firm that goes beyond the traditional tax and financial statement services to include consulting on efficiencies in for profit corporations as well as non-profit, governmental, and school systems. Mr. Rives has pioneered consulting services that embody innovation and operational excellence with long term viability and achieving strategic goals. By combining clear solutions with practical applications to support strategic objectives, he has assisted school districts in achieving greater productivity, enhancing effectiveness, and increasing efficiency, thereby creating more resources for educational support.


  • Top Accounting Firm CEO in NC, by Business Leader Magazine
  • CEO of Top 20 Business with less than 100 staff in the Southeast, by Business Leader Magazine
  • CEO of fastest growing Accounting and Consulting Firm, ever in NC by Business Journal
  • Honored as Top 50 Entrepreneurs in the Southeast by Business Leader magazine

Continuing Professional Education

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Advanced Audit and Attestation
  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA)
  • AICPA National Tax Institute
  • Booke Seminars for Property and Casualty Insurance Companies

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • Coordinates the firm’s membership with the PCAOB, the AICPA Private Company Practice Section (PCPS), the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center, and the AICPA Tax Section

Accreditations and Licenses

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting—UNC Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance—UNC Charlotte
  • Accredited Business Valuation Credential
  • Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant

Our Professionals

Kathy H. Isenhour
Partner, School Efficiency Consultants

H. Hank Hurd, MBA
Partner, School Efficiency Consultants

Brenda Jones
Human Resources' Consultant

Ricky Lopes
Partner, School Efficiency Consultants

Dr. Denise Morton
Consultant, School Efficiency Consultants

Leon L. Rives II
Founding Partner

Kay Williams
Consultant, School Efficiency Consultants

SEC Partner Qualifications:

  • Local, state, and federal education administration leadership: U.S. Education Department, State Assistant Superintendent, District Superintendent, Finance Officer
  • Governmental and public school auditing
  • Experience working with small to large, urban and rural districts
  • Local, state, and national trainers of superintendents, principals, school board members and others

Partnership with Rives & Associates, LLP

School Efficiency Consultants is a subsidiary of Rives & Associates, LLP, Certified Public Accountants, a North Carolina company with offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Lexington. Rives & Associates has a 25-year history of developing economic plans for clients regardless of size or specialty. We are an accounting firm that goes beyond to ensure that our service model exceeds customer and our own high expectations.