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Gary Shamis

Gary Shamis assumed responsibility for his father’s accounting firm in 1981. Over the thirty-five years that followed, he took revenues from $225,000 to approaching $100 million and employees from a dozen to 600.

He built the 37th largest independent accounting and consulting firm in the nation, before combining SS&G, Inc. with BDO USA, LLP in 2014.

Today, as principal of Winding River Consulting, a business advisory services company, Gary is a highly sought after speaker, facilitator, and consultant.

In its inaugural list of Managing Partner Elite in Accounting in 2012, Accounting Today identified Shamis as one of only ten people recognized for qualities required of a person in a firm’s leadership role.

He is the “very model of the modern managing partner, and this list is more or less unimaginable without him,” it stated, adding “he invented, codified, or popularized most of the strategies and best practices that are now taken for granted.”


Bruce Hennes

As one of the nation’s foremost experts on crisis communications, Bruce Hennes knows what it is like to be on the front line when a company’s reputation is on the line.

He is the principal of Hennes Communications, crisis communications, media training, litigation communications, and media relations consulting firm.

He counts Fortune 500 companies among the clients that he successfully advises when they are “on trial” in the Court of Public Opinion.

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Ilana Isakov Katz

With extensive experience in marketing, branding, advertising, public, media, and community relations, crisis communications, and corporate reputation management, Ilana Isakov Katz spent more than a decade working with Gary Shamis as director of marketing for SS&G.

Drawing on her past experience with Fortune 500 companies, she designs and implements performance-driven and results-oriented plans and programs to support dynamic objectives.

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Evan Ishida

Evan Ishida improves the performance of people in the workplace.

He designs and facilitates collaborative, creative, and innovative environments for organizations creating cultures where employees learn and thrive.

He works with Fortune 100 companies, nonprofits, and for-profit start ups on issues including diversity and inclusion, managing generations in the workplace, and organizational development.

Lisa Ryan

Lisa Ryan

Acclaimed author and speaker Lisa Ryan draws upon her years of sales, marketing, and training experience to deliver life- and career-changing strategies and inspiration to her audiences.

As Chief Appreciation Strategist at Grategy, her programs focus on workplace culture, employee engagement, and gratitude strategies for personal and professional development, and turn employees’ soft skills into organizations’ bottom-line profits.

Matt Terlop

Matt Terlop

As a former law enforcement officer and border patrol agent, Matt Terlop knows the importance of discipline and the value of a healthy, active lifestyle.

As a coach to many in the C-Suite, Matt helps executives attain physical fitness, mental agility, and emotional balance, combating daily stress to achieve peak performance in their personal and professional lives.

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Erica Ishida

Erica Ishida works with the C-level on strategy, organization design, culture articulation, change management, and leadership development.

She provides mentoring support and guidance on internal organization design, alignment and human resource needs to clients in a myriad of industries.

Erica has a solid understanding of the dynamics of change leadership to produce business redesigns and cultural transformation.

She led the business development function at BDO, USA. Additionally, she is a Master Coach.

Jen Margolis

Jen Margolis

Jennifer Margolis helps people find and use their strengths to move toward their highest potential and biggest vision. Her evolution into management consulting – focusing on strategic planning, leadership development, community and education based program development and executive coaching – developed from her worldwide perspective as a community organizer.

She utilizes her Masters in Positive Organizational Design and Certificate in Positive Psychology to create and facilitate programs for international professionals and is a leader in designing happiness experiences for companies helping people love their work.

Register for the Upcoming Managing Partner Bootcamp

Ready to take your firm to the next level? Register now for the upcoming Managing Partner Bootcamp!

To inquire about hosting a private Managing Partner Bootcamp for your firm or association, please contact Jeannette Schwartz-Ruttan at or call (440) 723-3653.