Jay W. McWatters CPA

Jay W. McWatters



Assurance Services Group

At a glance

Jay joined Dopkins in 2003 and serves as a leader in the Firm’s Assurance Services Department.   His primary areas of practice include manufacturing and distribution, and he also has experience serving defense and construction contracting, retail and charitable/tax exempt organizations.  Jay entered the public accounting profession immediately upon graduating from St. Bonaventure University in 1980. Prior to joining Dopkins, Jay spent 23 years with a Big Four accounting firm where he served as lead partner for their Upstate New York (Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse) audit practice and was Buffalo office Managing Partner.

Jay has a particular specialization in the field of agricultural cooperatives, especially dairy and fruit product producers. In addition to serving as lead engagement partner on a number of large and mid-sized audit engagements, Jay is also active in the delivery of a variety of consulting services including risk assessments, internal audit assistance, internal controls, governance, mergers and acquisitions and, financing transactions, among others.

Principal areas of expertise

  • Cooperatives
  • Cooperative governance
  • Financing
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Internal audit / internal controls
  • Manufacturing
  • Risk assessment / management
  • Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Transaction Advisory Services
  • Revenue Recognition Standard Implementation Services


  • Certified Public Accountant, Licensed in New York State, Massachusetts and Vermont

Professional Affiliations

  • National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Member Legal, Tax and Accounting Committee; Chair, Financial Reporting and Audit Subcommittee; Chair, Revenue Recognition Working Group
  • KeyBank Western New York Advisory Board
  • Canisius College Council on Accountancy
  • National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • New York Society of Certified Public Accountants


  • M.B.A., University of Scranton
  • B.S. in Accounting from St. Bonaventure University

Community Service

  • Member, Catholic Health System Board of Directors; Chair, Compliance Committee; Vice-Chair, Audit Committee
  • Member, Bishop’s Finance Council, Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
  • Former Treasurer; United Way of Buffalo and Erie County Board of Directors
  • Co-Chair, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County Annual Campaign (2014-2015)
  • Past Chair, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Board of Directors

Awards & Achievements

  • Listed, Who’s Who in Banking and Finance, published by Business First of Buffalo

Speaking Engagements & Industry Experience

  • Instructor, State University of New York at Buffalo M.B.A. LeaderCore program (2017)
  • Speaker, Building a Process for Risk Assessment and Control, Northeast Cooperative Council Annual Meeting & Leaders Forum in Syracuse, NY (March 2017)
  • Adjunct Professor of Accounting, St. Bonaventure University

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