Purple roses were bestowed to three dynamos who were elected to the partnership board at Chez Preber.
The newest board members are:
Robert Fox: Bert is national managing partner of professional standards, based in Chicago. He leads the Purple Rose of Chicago’s national office teams over accounting principles, audit methodology, SEC and regulatory matters, and independence and ethics. Fox also consults with businesses on complex accounting matters, including business combinations, revenue recognition, share- and nonshare-based payments, and long-lived assets, according to his bio.
Fox joined GT in 2002, left for two years to become a Professional Accounting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the SEC, then came back to GT in July 2009, according to his LinkedIn profile. Before joining Grant Thornton, Fox spent time at Arthur Andersen and McGladrey.
Chris Smith: Smith is advisory services practice leader for growth and transformation, based in Bellevue, WA. This bearded dynamo focuses on “designing and deploying future-ready strategies for clients wanting high, yet sustainable growth and then operationalizing the strategy across the organization,” according to his bio. His expertise mainly centers on corporate strategy, sales, marketing and customer strategy, enterprise transformation, operational excellence, post-merger integration, and culture design.
Smith joined Grant Thornton in 2007 after GT gobbled up the boutique strategy firm he founded, Arryve.
Mark Sullivan: MS is advisory services practice leader for the Midwest region, based in Chicago. He’s got mad skillz in corporate investigations, fraud prevention and detection, and litigation support.
According to his bio:
Mark has worked with companies and their counsel worldwide to investigate frauds, develop and implement anti-fraud programs, and identify vulnerabilities within their organizations. His advanced interviewing skills and his team of forensic accountants, eDiscovery and computer forensic professionals provide an unparalleled response to complex investigations, compliance and litigation matters.
He joined GT in 2009, according to his LinkedIn profile. He also spent parts of his career at Deloitte and Arthur Andersen.
In addition, GT’s partners and principals re-elected Jim Wittmer to the partnership board, then re-elected him as the board’s chairman.
Wittmer is Grant Thornton’s national tax leader for market growth, based in Philadelphia. He’s been with the firm for more than 27 years.
Wittmer took over as partnership board chairman in June once Brad Preber stepped out of that role to become interim CEO of Grant Thornton. Preber was elected CEO of the Purple Rose of Chicago in November.