As a CPA, Patrick Melvin has more than 38 years of experience in servicing small businesses and tax–exempt organizations. He has been a principal at the firm of Desmond & Ahern, Ltd. since 2003. Patrick is a member of the finance and administration division of the American Society of Association Executives where he serves on the finance and administration council. He was also honored as a past recipient of the John C. Thiel Service Award from the Association Forum of Chicagoland. Patrick holds an undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University.