Cray Kaiser Employee Spotlight: Dhruv Panchal

In Cray Kaiser’s Employee Spotlight series, we highlight a member of the CK team. We couldn’t be more proud of the team we’ve grown and we’re excited for you to get to know them. This month we’re shining our spotlight on Dhruv Panchal.


Dhruv is one of seven Tax Seniors at CK that helps to look up thorny tax questions and provide support to clients. He also reviews many of the returns that are prepared by staff and prepares returns for complex entities. Finally, Dhruv often lends support to assurance regarding any issues they encounter in the field related to tax.

Before coming to CK, Dhruv attended the University of Illinois at Chicago. Following graduation, he started off in the private sector and then moved into public accounting. His first accounting firm was smaller in size and there he worked on a little bit of everything. Eventually, he moved to the assurance side at a much larger firm. In between, Dhruv was consulting at various companies and then came to CK.


Joining the CK team in December 2018, Dhruv was excited to come on board because it was the right size firm for him and had the familial culture that he was seeking. Not only that, but there are opportunities to work on various engagements which was appealing to him since he had experience in both assurance and tax.

When asked why he’s stayed at CK, Dhruv said, “I love the fact that I can branch out and do some consulting projects along with tax and assurance. Being challenged and keeping things fresh motivates me to stay. I also find that people are warm and friendly and actually care.” Of all of CK’s core values, Dhruv connects most with “Care”. He feels that the CK team takes ownership of projects and clients feel valued because the team helps them with any questions and concerns they have. “We treat each other well and try to foster a team-based approach to engagements,” said Dhruv.


  • What piece of advice would you give to someone who is just getting started in the accounting industry?

    I’d suggest being open to different venues and different opportunities. There’s always this pull to be a traditional accountant, but with technology and society changing so much, it really will be important to be quick on your feet and have a consulting mindset. 
  • How do you like to spend your weekends? (Bonus Question: What do you want to do most when tax season is over?)

    Depends! Mostly on weekends I like to have a mix where my mornings are active, whether it’s biking or running, and then having the remainder of the day for relaxing events like reading and catching up on the golden age of television. When tax season is over I want to do a few international trips like going to Vietnam.
  • What was your favorite vacation?

    My favorite vacation by far was going to Istanbul, Turkey. My wife and I went for a friend’s wedding and just loved Istanbul. We even got away from the city to a beach town a short flight over and tried paragliding.
  • What’s your favorite movie or tv show?

    It changes quite often with so much media available, but I’m a sucker for watching The Saint and Thomas Crown Affair (both 1990s remakes of the originals).
  • What’s on your music playlist?

    I’ve been listening to classical music in the mornings and then once the dreaded lull hits in the afternoon, I switch to rock, starting with Led Zeppelin, Radiohead or The Black Keys and letting Spotify create the radio station from there.
  • What’s the last book you read?

    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It’s a smaller non-fiction book, but has quite the punch.