Former AmEx Exec Joins 1st Global

Tony Cord, formerly Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions for American Express Tax & Business Services, Inc., has joined 1st Global as Director of National Business Development.

Mr. Cord was a key player in the accounting firm consolidation efforts of American Express over the past few years.

1st Global, Inc., is a development partner for leading CPA and tax firms seeking to successfully integrate a comprehensive financial services business into their accounting practice. As Director of National Business Development for 1st Global, Mr. Cord will build key relationships, lead and support the growth of 1st Global's commitment to the largest CPA firms, and assist in shaping 1st Global's business strategy and tactics.

"The structure of 'tax, accounting and consulting practices' is undergoing a significant transformation," noted Tony Batman, CEO of 1st Global. "Firms choosing to remain independent are rapidly building an arsenal of value-added financial and business services and products. Marketing-savvy, entrepreneurial thought leaders are implementing innovative strategies by forging alliances in order to deliver a full spectrum of business and financial service solutions. Tony Cord will help 1st Global continue to be the preferred business development partner that helps practices succeed in this new world."

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