Smith + Howard Announces Addition of Marty Dauer as Chief Growth Officer

by: Smith and Howard

March 18, 2024

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March 19, 2024

Smith + Howard, a leading Atlanta-based tax, accounting, and advisory firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Marty Dauer as Chief Growth Officer, a newly created role. Dauer will focus on the expansion of the Smith + Howard Family of Companies through the identification of new service lines and markets, as well as the development of strategic relationships.

Dauer, a veteran leader of business growth, brings more than 30 years of professional experience in business development, marketing, and communications. He joins Smith + Howard after 16 years with Kroll (formerly Duff & Phelps), where he played a key role in propelling the company’s revenue growth from $350 million to over $1.8 billion. As Chief Marketing Officer for Kroll and Chief Operating Officer for Kroll Digital Solutions, he was highly involved in the completion and integration of more than 45 acquisitions, while also leading a complete company rebrand, and helping to launch the company’s first digital valuation platform. Prior to his time at Kroll, Dauer held leadership positions with Marsh McLennan, Tyco International, and GE.

 “The addition of Marty Dauer to our team adds deep knowledge and experience in areas critical to the future expansion of our business,” said Sean Taylor, CEO of Smith + Howard, when announcing Dauer’s appointment. “It is essential that we have a Chief Growth Officer who has a record of success in strategic acquisitions and scaling brands on the national stage.”

Taylor also noted that Dauer’s career includes significant merger and acquisition experience in the professional services and private equity space, including prior relationships with leaders of Broad Sky Partners, Smith + Howard’s private equity partner. With regards to the firm’s culture, Taylor underscored Dauer’s alignment with Smith + Howard’s values, and his positive and collaborative approach to relationships as key attributes that will cultivate internal and external success.

“I am excited and honored to join Smith + Howard in this new role,” said Dauer. “I look forward to bringing all my experiences and relationships to bear while partnering with the leadership team to build on the firm’s existing foundation. With its legacy of high standards, exemplary reputation, and a focus on strategic, profitable growth, I am confident we’ll unlock new pathways to growth and brand expansion.”

Smith + Howard is a top accounting firm serving businesses in the construction, distribution, hospitality, manufacturing, nonprofit, real estate, technology, and transportation/logistics sectors. Services include audit, cyber risk compliance and management, R&D credits, tax, international tax consulting, transfer pricing, and SOC reporting, among other offerings. Wealth management services are offered through Smith + Howard Wealth Management, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Adviser. Sales and use tax and property tax services are offered through the firm’s subsidiary, Synexus Tax Solutions™, LLC. More information is available on the firm’s website at

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