1st Global Engages Carl George as a Strategic Advisor

1st Global, a research and consulting partner to select CPA and wealth management firms, has engaged Carl George as a strategic advisor to the company. Through his company, Carl George Advisory, LLC, George will provide general consulting and strategic advice to 1st Global and its CPA firms on many relevant areas, such as CPA firm governance, professional oversight, factors driving international and domestic growth and profitability, CPA firm operations process improvement, leadership development and succession, mergers and acquisitions, business education, and CPA-industry assessment of strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats. 
 
George will join Dr. Arthur B. Laffer and Dr. Harry M. Markowitz on 1st Global's Advisory Board, adding to the board's world-class academic, economic, and business credentials. 
 
"Carl is one of the most highly acclaimed leaders in the accounting profession and we are honored to engage his services in our organization. He is a recognized industry expert with extensive credentials and experience in CPA firm growth, culture building and sustained profitability," says 1st Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tony Batman. 
 
"His skills as a strategic, cultural and operating leader have been consistently demonstrated through high sustained organic and acquisition-oriented growth over a long period of time and within varying economic environments. These are truly special skills and will help us guide our 400 affiliated CPA firms toward their own high performance and success," says Batman. 
 
George recently retired from CliftonLarsonAllen, ranked as one of the nation's top ten certified public accounting and consulting firms. George is most recognized for his leadership of Clifton Gunderson, where he was CEO for sixteen years from 1993 to 2009. During that time, the firm grew from $50 million to $250 million in revenues. His leadership skills were critical as the firm expanded and undertook a series of acquisitions, including the 2011 merger of Clifton Gunderson and LarsonAllen, the combined entity now known as CliftonLarsonAllen. 
 
George has been the recipient of numerous awards, including receiving special recognition from the AICPA for his work on its Financial Literacy Initiative. 
 
"Carl and I share a passion for curing financial illiteracy in America, which I believe is a root cause of many of America's fiscal problems," says Batman. "If we can cure financial illiteracy in younger generations, we will build a stronger future for our nation."
 
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