Business 100 – 2019

Ken Ayers/Ayers & Associates PC, Financial Management

It isn’t every financial manager who started as a child actor but Ken Ayers had an advantage: he sprang from a show-biz family. Both parents were fixtures in Broadway musicals for two decades. From 1956 to 1973, Ken performed in 75 radio and TV commercials, but after high school he put acting behind him and majored in accounting and economics at Queens College, and went on to receive an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Texas, Austin. Ken is a CPA and CFP™.

Employed in various analytical and managerial positions at KPMG, IBM, and J.P. Morgan, he founded his own company, Ayers & Associates, PC in 1993, providing financial advisory, litigation support, and tax advice. While his company keeps him busy, he still finds time to coach children in basketball, baseball, and soccer; in 2007 he was recognized by the City of New Haven for his outstanding service to youth.

Ken’s great-grandparents hail, respectively, from Westmeath and Roscommon, and he recently visited both counties, his first trip “home.” His grandfather James Brennan was a Queens sheriff who, on retirement, sold his Jackson Heights home to Louis and Lucille Armstrong. More show biz!