Louis Petro

Dr. Louis Petro

Department of Accounting and Finance
College of Management

Office: 248-204-3079







Senior Manager


Lou Petro is a Senior Manager with Cendrowski Corporate Advisors (CCA). Lou is a consummate accounting and finance professional, and has nearly five decades of experience
assisting Fortune 500 clients, closely-held firms, and attorneys through operational assessments, risk assessments, fraud investigations, and forensic accounting engagements. Lou’s accounting skills have helped organizations uncover large-scale frauds as well as implement remediation methods designed to deter fraud.


In addition to his professional experience, Lou is active in academia. Since 1969, he has taught auditing, systems, accounting, and finance courses at 11 different colleges and universities across the Midwest and in Canada. He was Dean of the Lawrence Technological University (LTU) School of Management from 1979 through 1989. Lou has also held consulting and auditing positions at the CPA firms of Ernst & Young, Plante Moran, and Grant Thornton.


Lou is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Michigan, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Computing Professional (CCP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Financial Manager (CFM), as well as a Registered Professional Engineer (PE). He remains active in Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for CPAs, CIAs, and CMAs, and regularly conducts classes and seminars for the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), the Oakland University CPE Program for CPAs, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), and Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS). Lou is also a subject matter expert for the CMA program, and is coauthor of The Handbook of Fraud Deterrence and Private Equity: History, Governance, and Operations, both published by John Wiley & Sons.


Lou received his Ph.D. in accounting information systems and M.B.A. in accounting from the
University of Michigan. He has a B.M.E. in process engineering from General Motors Institute
(now Kettering University).