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Meet Clay Price & Associates, P.A.


Founder & President

Clay received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Western Michigan University. Clay founded his own firm shortly after entering public accounting. In August of 2014 he re-established his private practice. The new firm was created on the foundation of assisting his friends and clients achieve their financial goals while focusing on proactive tax planning and attention to personal service.  

Clay has significant expertise in tax consulting in a wide variety of areas, including business, individual and trust taxation, estate and gift taxes, not-for-profit taxation and small business concerns. 

Clay began his focus in forensics matters in 1993. He was a Director, in charge of litigation services, with Harris, Cotherman, Jones, Price & Associates when the firm joined Rehmann in 2012. In 2014 Clay founded Clay Price & Associate which has extensive involvement in providing professional services to numerous clients for forensic investigations, for commercial and domestic actions.

Mike Haesche

Senior Staff Accountant

Mike recently moved to Florida after owning a successful accounting firm in Bardonia, NY. Mike has a breadth of experience in both individual and corporate tax preparation over the past 30 years. Mike joined the firm in October 2021.

Joe Bruno

Senior Staff Accountant

Joe is originally from Long Island, New York; he moved to Florida in August of 2020. Joe has worked in various public accounting firms over the past 10 years. Joe joined Clay Price & Associates in November 2021 as a senior staff accountant to assist in the accounting practice.


Michael D. Ziemba

Accounting and tax professional

Mike is originally from Severna Park, Maryland. He graduated from University of Baltimore in 1980 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. 


In 1985, Mike joined a large local accounting firm, Stegman & Company, and became an audit partner until his retirement in 2010. While at Stegman, Mike served a diverse base of public and non-public entities.  Mike worked extensively with clients from the manufacturing, biotech, gaming, not-for-profit, and professional services industries. 


In addition, Mike was the designated firm specialist for ERISA (retirement plan) audit engagements. 

After leaving public accounting in 2010, Mike worked as a controller for a publicly traded entity. 


Dave Whitney

Office Manager

Dave received an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from Indian River State College. He originally joined Clay to assist in the litigation practice. Dave now serves as the office manager and administrative support for the firm.

Jill Pitts


Jill has over thirty-five years of experience in the legal field with exceptional organization skills, typing skills, and communication skills. She works well under pressure and understands the importance of meeting deadlines while exhibiting professionalism in the office. 


Michelle Wells  


Michelle has worked primarily in the medical field and joined Clay Price & Associates in March of 2022. Michelle serves as the front desk receptionist and administrative support for the firm.


Peggy Surgeoner  


Peggy is a native Floridian who was born and raised in Coconut Grove. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami, with a major in Marketing and a minor in Finance. Peggy moved to Vero Beach in 2006 after years of enjoying summer vacations here with her family. She joined Clay Price & Associates at the end of 2021 where she serves as bookkeeper assisting clients with their various accounting needs. She is also the firm’s receptionist.


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