As always, Accounting Today’s Top 100 Firms edition is so full of substance it’s like going to a meat ‘n cheese buffet. Strap on the feed bag. The section that grabs my interest first every year is the “Firm Highlights” summary. Each Top 100 firm has but a few lines to put their best foot forward touting their crowning achievements of the previous twelve months. Most of these firms display their broad strokes in this section with mentions of mergers, acquisitions and new service lines. For those firms declaring “had revenue growth of x-percent,” it leaves me thinking that nothing special happened with their firm and that they merely grabbed a few new clients and it was all business-as-usual. I suppose some years are like that, but I do wonder what’s below the surface of that “ten-percent growth” statement.
The following are some of the “firm highlights” that struck me:
*Moving to managing by service line
*Formed two new service areas: a specialty tax services group and a transaction advisory services group
*Expanded strategic planning task force to include “up and comers”
*Deepened industry expertise through hiring experienced staff
*Fastest growing client category – real estate
*Launched an online risk management tool
*Formalized wealth management practice
What is your firm or company doing in 2013 that will be worthy of the highlight reel this time next year? It had better be something more dynamic than:
*Moved to a new office building
*Had a hip deejay at the post-April 15 party
*Got a new coffee machine in the company kitchen
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