Debbie McGlaun Featured in Current Accounts
Mar 20,2019
Smith & Howard Advisory Senior Manager, Debbie McGlaun was featured in the April / May 2019 edition of The Georgia Society of CPA’s bi-monthly newsletter, Current Accounts. McGlaun writes on how System and Organization Control (SOC) reports provide a way for service organizations to build trust and confidence with the companies who outsource processes to the service organization. “A user entity is placing itself in a position of undo risk if it is not proactively monitoring its vendors and requesting a SOC report from its service providers,” said McGlaun. To read Debbie’s full article, click here. About Debbie McGlaun Debbie L. McGlaun, CPA, CFE leads Smith & Howard’s Advisory Services group, specializing in SOC engagements, internal control assessments, and litigation support. Her experience also includes the development of internal control policies and procedures to help companies manage strategic, operational, cybersecurity and regulatory compliance risks. Debbie is a member of the...
Smith & Howard: An Accounting Today Regional Leader in the Southeast
Mar 18,2019
Smith & Howard has been recognized by Accounting Today among the Top 2019 Regional Leaders - The Southeast, for the fourth consecutive year. The 2019 Southeast Regional list is comprised of 22 CPA firms with an average firm growth of 12.5%. “We are thrilled to be included among this group of elite firms,” said Sean Taylor, Managing Partner of Smith & Howard. “Our growth and success stems from the focus on excellent client service by every person at Smith & Howard and from living our values: we truly do grow stronger together.” According to Accounting Today, “The Southeast rebounded strongly from a slow 2017, with average firm growth up 8 percentage points.” Even more, the Southeast ranked as the strongest region in the 2019 Regional Leaders / Top 100 Firms Survey list.
Smith & Howard Receives 2019 Top Workplace Award by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mar 05,2019
For the ninth consecutive year, Smith & Howard has been named a Top Workplace by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly Workplace Dynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few. “We are grateful to our entire team for their commitment to the firm and for striving to help everyone grow and succeed. Receiving The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Top Workplace award for the ninth consecutive year is a testament to the health of our organization and our unique culture,” said Sean Taylor, Managing Partner of Smith & Howard. “Being a part of this list reaffirms our investment in our people, culture and community.” “Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey,...
2019 Real Estate & Construction Surveys
Jan 15,2019
We'd love to know your thoughts! We are looking for C-level executives in the real estate and construction industries to participate in our annual real estate and construction surveys. Each survey takes 7-10 minutes to complete. Your perspectives on the current and future state of the industries are important. Everyone who completes the survey will receive a copy of the survey results and analysis as soon as they are available. Click here to complete the Construction Survey Click here to complete the Real Estate Survey Everyone who completes the survey will receive a copy of the survey results and analysis as soon as they are available. Invite Your Peers We greatly appreciate your feedback and your time. Please invite your peers to complete the survey by sharing this link. All participants will receive the survey results and analysis. The surveys will be open through Tuesday, February 5 at 6 p.m. Please...
Smith & Howard Announces the Addition of Four New Partners
Jan 04,2019
We are pleased to announce the addition of four new partners to Smith & Howard’s partner group: Kimberly Bland, Chris Conrad, David Lee and Sabre Linahan. Each partner’s commitment and leadership to the firm and its members is widely known and deeply respected. With the addition of these individuals, the firm’s partner group expands to 17 partners who will continue to guide the firm in achieving its vision. “Everyone at Smith & Howard is excited about the future. The expansion of our partner group to include Kimberly, Chris, Sabre and David – each of whom have spent most of their careers at Smith & Howard – enhances the energy and potential for long-term success of the firm. With this strong team of partners in place, we are ready for 2019 and beyond,” said Sean Taylor, Smith & Howard’s Managing Partner. Learn more about each new partner below. About Kimberly Bland...
Vision 2018
Nov 02,2018
*Vision 2018 is invitation only  Please join us for Vision 2018, Smith & Howard’s invitation-only annual event offering insights and updates on topics important to businesses, their owners and executives. This year’s event will focus on growth through innovation, employee engagement and leadership. With a lineup of compelling, knowledgeable guest speakers, and four hours of CPE for financial professionals, we are confident you’ll find it a worthwhile investment of time.  Keynote: Georgia’s Economic, Political and Business Climate Roger C. Tutterow, Ph.D., Economist and Director, Econometric Center, Kennesaw State University Roger Tutterow returns for the fourth consecutive year as our opening keynote. His insights on the local and national economy have made him an in-demand speaker at Vision.   How to Become a Destination Company for "A" Players Hunter Lott, Founder of HR<50 "Hunter is the rare combination of subject matter expert plus top-level speaker plus entertainer. He knows his subject well -...
Smith & Howard Promotes Dan Smith to Chief Operating Officer
Aug 06,2018
Smith & Howard recently announced that Dan Smith has been named Chief Operating Officer. Dan, a seasoned business and finance executive, will lead Smith & Howard’s operations and finance departments. Since joining Smith & Howard in 2016 as Director of Finance, Dan has increased operational efficiencies that improve quality and reduce time and cost. “We are excited to have Dan assume the role of Chief Operating Officer at Smith & Howard. He is making rapid and important strides in making the firm more efficient, focused and strategic in its finance and operational approaches. As important, he is a great fit in Smith & Howard’s culture and is having a positive impact on our entire team,” said John Lucht, Managing Partner of Smith & Howard. Dan’s career has spanned banking, Big 4 accounting firm consulting and another mid-size accounting firm. Most recently, he served as Operations Manager for a national Registered...
Sean Taylor to become Managing Partner of Smith & Howard on January 1, 2019
Jul 31,2018
We are excited to announce an important step in Smith & Howard’s future. On January 1, 2019, Sean Taylor will assume the role of Managing Partner, succeeding John Lucht who has served in that role for a decade. This transition is the culmination of a planned leadership transition guided by the partner group of Smith & Howard. We are pleased to share this news with you and invite you to hear directly from our co-founding partner and first Managing Partner, Jim Howard, as well as John Lucht and Sean Taylor in the video below. Click below to watch the videos! To read more on this story, click here. *If you are viewing this page in Internet Explorer, please click here to view the videos.  Smith & Howard Managing Partner Legacy Video Sean Taylor, Smith & Howard's Incoming Managing Partner  
With a Disciplined Approach to Purpose and Innovation Honed Over 25 Years, Smith & Howard’s Former Intern Becomes Its Managing Partner
Jul 24,2018
To lead first requires individuals to see the needs of those around them before acting. It's a conscious decision that results in great impact, and in today's business climate, is, unfortunately, a fading characteristic of leaders. But when combined with the commitment to encourage others' success, servant leadership can become the defining principle of a firm's culture. It's certainly the story of Smith & Howard, which celebrates that philosophy with perhaps one of its most notable announcements in its 47-year history: Sean Taylor who joined the firm 25 years ago as an intern, will assume the role of managing partner. Sean, currently partner-in-charge of Smith & Howard's Assurance Service practice, takes the helm in January 2019. He brings the values of and lessons learned from his modest mentors Jim Howard and John Lucht, among others, to his leadership role, and epitomizes Smith & Howard's commitment to recognizing drive and results...
Sean Taylor to become Managing Partner of Smith & Howard on January 1, 2019
Jul 24,2018
We are excited to announce an important step in Smith & Howard’s future. On January 1, 2019, Sean Taylor will assume the role of Managing Partner, succeeding John Lucht who has served in that role for a decade. This transition is the culmination of a planned leadership transition guided by the partner group of Smith & Howard. We are pleased to share this news with you and invite you to hear directly from our co-founding partner and first Managing Partner, Jim Howard, as well as John Lucht and Sean Taylor in the video below. Click below to watch the videos! To read more on this story, click here. *If you are viewing this page in Internet Explorer, please click here to view the videos.  Smith & Howard Managing Partner Legacy Video Sean Taylor, Smith & Howard's Incoming Managing Partner  

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