Grant Thornton LLP Names Central Region Leadership

Grant Thornton LLP announces the promotion of Lou Grabowsky to Central Region Managing Partner and Randy Robason as Managing Partner of the firm’s Dallas office. Robason will transition from the firm’s Charlotte office where he was the Southeast Region Tax Practice Leader.

As the Central Region Managing Partner, Grabowsky is responsible for all operations within the region including client service and professional matters. Grant Thornton’s Central region is comprised of offices in Denver; San Antonio; Dallas; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Wichita, Kan. In addition to his regional role, Grabowsky will serve on the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, which is responsible for setting and ensuring the execution of the strategic direction for Grant Thornton in the U.S.

Grabowsky served as Grant Thornton’s Dallas Office Managing Partner since 2003. During that time, he achieved an astonishing 412 percent revenue growth for the Dallas office and increased personnel from 95 people to over 300 in 2007.

“Lou embodies all of Grant Thornton’s guiding principles,” said Edward Nusbaum, Grant Thornton’s chief executive officer. “He shows universal respect for firm policies and our people. He has a fierce commitment to integrity. He demonstrates professional excellence in all his efforts, and is a leader in the accounting profession and the business community.”

Grabowsky is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, and he is a certified public accountant. He is active in various civic and charitable organizations, including the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Citizens Council, The Women’s Museum, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, the Retina Foundation, Ursuline Academy, and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. As part of his professional life, he is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

As the Dallas Office Managing Partner, Robason is responsible for running the Dallas operations, recruiting the best talent, championing the office culture, and ensuring that all services are delivered with personalized attention and the highest quality to clients. He is also a member of Grant Thornton’s Partnership Board, the firm’s governing body that approves the philosophy and direction of the partnership.

Prior to his promotion to Dallas Office Managing Partner, Robason served as the Tax Practice Leader for Grant Thornton’s Southeast Region and was based out of the firm’s Charlotte office. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, he had a lengthy career with Arthur Andersen having served as a Fort Worth office managing partner, and the head of all Tax Special Services practices in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

“Coming back to Dallas will be a real homecoming for Randy,” said Grabowsky. “He has deep roots in his community and we are extremely happy that he has decided to return.”

Robason received his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Texas. He is also a graduate of Texas Tech University, where he received a Masters in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is licensed to practice accounting and law in North Carolina and Texas. Robason was a co-founder of the Dallas/Fort Worth School of Law, now known as Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.

Stephen Chipman, Grant Thornton’s former Central Region Managing Partner, has taken on a new role with the firm - Chief Executive Officer for Greater China Management. In his new role, Chipman is responsible for leading the development and growth of services for Grant Thornton in China. As of Jan. 1, 2007, he was based out of Grant Thornton’s Hong Kong office; however, he remains a member of Grant Thornton’s Senior Leadership team in the United States.

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