Led by Gary Shamis, a veteran entrepreneur, business owner, and visionary, Winding River Consulting provides tailored, transformative solutions to issues confronted by firms operating in today’s uncertain climate. He and his team of skilled professionals focus on supporting firms striving to successfully identify and attain goals of growth, productivity, and profit. Looking to take your firm to the next level? Winding River provides the expertise you need, the service you deserve, and the value you expect.

Accounting Firm Consulting

Whether facilitating a partner meeting, presenting at a firm retreat, or being engaged to enhance productivity and profit, Gary Shamis has spent two decades traveling the world consulting with accounting firm leadership. He brings deep experience, having run his own firm (SS&G) for 35 years, growing it into a Top-40 firm. Nobody better understands the challenges of an accounting firm leader. Gary has a finger on the pulse of the industry. He and his team of accomplished professionals advise firms on management issues including hiring, training, and managing millennials, recruiting and retaining seasoned talent, succession planning, business development and firm growth, mergers and acquisitions, performance metrics, strategic marketing, and IT.

Managing Partner Bootcamp

Conceived of and designed by Gary Shamis, Managing Partner Bootcamp (MPB) is a comprehensive opportunity to take your firm management skills to an elite level and revolutionize the way you think and act in your leadership role. Attendees are required to commit to two, three-day sessions. Courses are led by subject-matter experts. Whether you are a seasoned managing partner or new to the role, your willingness to engage, learn, and grow will be a game-changer for you and for your firm. Attendance is limited to an intimate group of participants engaging and interacting in a confidential setting. In this game of high-stakes, don’t leave your results to chance. Change the way you make decisions by choosing to attend MPB. It’s not another practice management conference, it’s a ‘managing a practice seminar’ for managing partners wanting to gain competitive advantage and function at an elite level.

Restaurant Board Participation

Gary Shamis has been in restaurant accounting and consulting for more than thirty years. In SS&G’s restaurant group, he and partner Brad Saltz created one of the first successful niche practices of a non-Big Four accounting firm in the country. His leadership secured the firm’s position as a most sought-after resource for restaurant companies in the U.S. over the last two decades. He has an innate ability to know what the industry’s needs are and pioneers ways to deliver. Gary continues to lend his expertise, serving on the boards of leading restaurant companies and advising on financial, managerial, and operational issues related to the restaurant industry.