Aaron T. Clayton, CPA, CHFP, CGMA

Partner/Telecommunications & Electric Industry Leader

Aaron T. Clayton

I love working at Eide Bailly because every day I get the opportunity to build relationships with clients and work with them in all areas of their business. Getting an opportunity to advise them and to be a part of their success motivates me to work harder.


Since 2004, Aaron has been providing public accounting services to Eide Bailly clients in industries ranging from healthcare to electric and telephone utilities. He manages the financial audits and consulting activities for hospitals, senior living communities and rural health providers and telephone and electric companies.

When you get the chance to work with Aaron, you can expect passionate service delivered in a professional manner. His experience and knowledge helps clients stay on top of their changing environments, and his service doesn't end when the audit is finalized or the tax return is completed. Aaron works with his clients every day to meet all of their professional needs.

Outside of the office, Aaron loves spending time with his family and coaching/watching his kids' activities (basketball, softball, golf). He's a passionate fan of several teams—University of South Dakota Coyotes, Chicago Cubs, Indianapolis Colts and Nebraska Cornhuskers. As a CPA, he of course loves golf, too ... for the arithmetic.



  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association, South Dakota Chapter
  • Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network


  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Healthcare Financial Professional
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant


  • Master of Science, Professional Accountancy – University of South Dakota, Vermillion
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Accounting – University of South Dakota, Vermillion


Client Work

  • Conducted financial statement audits for electric utilities, telephone utilities and healthcare organizations (PPS, CAH, physician practices, clinics and senior living communities).
  • Provided internal control consulting (review and assist clients with developing best practices and implementation of internal controls in a variety of financial areas of their organizations).
  • Analyzed healthcare contractual, bad debt, and charity allowance activities.
  • Consulted on telephone and electric cooperative capital credits policies and best practices.


Community Involvement

  • Sioux Falls Young Professional Network – Past Steering Committee Member
  • Habitat for Humanity – Board Member and Finance Committee
  • South Dakota HFMA Board of Directors and Membership Chair
  • Junior Achievement of South Dakota – Volunteer and Board Member
  • Forward Sioux Falls 2021 Campaign Member