Peter VanderWoude, MS, CPA, CGMA - President
Peter’s interest is to provide to Upstate New York individuals and businesses with tech-savvy accounting, bookkeeping, payroll and tax services. Equus Advisors was formed to provide those services alongside Cortland Bookkeeping and Tax Service, a 75-year old practice operated by Paul Lorenzo, EA, since 1976, which in 2015 became part of the firm.
An experienced CPA, Peter has broad experience gained while working for nearly 30 years in the accounting, tax, finance and gift planning fields with Coopers & Lybrand (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers); two local CPA firms; New York State Electric & Gas Corporation; Merrill Lynch; and the Cortland College Foundation at SUNY Cortland. He is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor. Peter writes a monthly tax article for What’s Hot magazine that serves Cortland and Ithaca, NY area.
Peter graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and from Binghamton University with a Master of Science in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Cortland County Chamber of Commerce and Cortland Downtown Partnership. Peter serves on the board of the Cultural Council of Cortland County.
Growing up on a dairy farm, Peter gained an appreciation for nature from his parents. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, cycling, kayaking and sailing with family and friends. His favorite areas to be are the Finger Lakes and the Adirondacks.