Gary Shamis

CEO, Winding River Consultng

Gary Shamis spent thirty-five years building SS&G, one of the nation’s largest, fastest growing, and most respected accounting and consulting firms in the country, into the 37th largest firm (Accounting Today) before combining it with BDO USA, LLP. His innovation and leadership earned him honors such as E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year; a Top Ten Managing Partner Elite (Accounting Today) where he was called the “very model of the modern managing partner, and this list is more or less unimaginable without him”; Most Admired Peer (INSIDE Public Accounting); more than a dozen appearances on the ‘Most Influential’ list (Accounting Today); and numerous other industry accolades. He has served his profession within the ranks of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), including testifying before the Securities Exchange Commission on its behalf, and Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA). Gary is the founder and chairman emeritus of LEA Global, the second-largest international professional association; co-founder and partner of The Advisory Board, the CPA firm think tank; and co-founder and host of Winning is Everything Conference, the Advisory Board’s annual proprietary management conference.

He has written and edited for industry journals and is the co-author of “How to Manage Your Accounting Practice: Taking Your Firm from Chaos to Consensus” (2009), “Stratagem: Simple, Effective Strategic Planning for Your Business and Your Life” (2013), and “Building Blocks” (due out 2017).

With participation in more than two dozen nonprofits, Gary has been at the helm of boards such as North Coast Community Homes, Inc., Hillel at Kent State, and the Cleveland Jewish News, to name a few.