Carl George, CPA
Owner, Carl George Advisory, LLC
Carl George is one of the most highly acclaimed leaders in the accounting profession. He is recognized as an industry expert with extensive credentials and experience in CPA firm growth, culture building and sustained profitability. George joined 1st Global in 2013 as a strategic advisor to the company. Through his company, Carl George Advisory, LLC, he provides management consulting and strategic advice to 1st Global and its affiliated CPA firms on many relevant areas such as partner compensation, succession planning and merger & acquisitions. As a member of the Advisory Board, George has been a featured speaker at 1st Global events including annual National Conference and conducting a series of webinars focused on key issues facing the industry: Mergers and Acquisitions, Partner Compensation, and Evaluation, and Partner Retirement.
George retired from Clifton Gunderson in 2012 where he spent his entire career, including 16 years as Chief Executive Officer from 1993 to 2009. During this 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 Larson Allen, creating the combined entity now known as CliftonLarsonAllen. George has been the recipient of numerous awards, including being honored as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting” by Accounting Today and receiving special recognition from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) for his work on its Financial Literacy Initiative.