About Us

Navigators of Change.
Igniters of Inspiration.
Agents of Progress.


About Winding River Consulting

We are a motley crew of professionals with expertise in various aspects of business – accounting, marketing, digital, diversity and inclusion, risk management, cultural transformations, practice growth, change management, leadership performance, mind/body health, and talent development. Our chemistry is real and our results are impressive. We change people, cultures, and expectations.


We Are...


Independent thinkers who blaze their own trails, defying expectations.


We see beyond the horizon, anticipating and shaping the future of the industry.


Bold and adventurous, we tackle unknown challenges with unwavering enthusiasm.

Meet Our Team


Gary Shamis

Chief Executive Officer

Gary founded Winding River in 2016 after growing SS&G to the 37th largest firm in the U.S. Now, Gary is working hard to help firms stay viable and win in today's climate.

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David M. Toth

Chief Growth Officer

A digital powerhouse and a champion of growth, David joined Winding River Consulting in 2019 and became a partner in 2022 after launching their digital practice two years prior.


Brandon Ferris

Director of Marketing & Events

After spending a decade in the accounting industry, Brandon joined the team in 2023. Brandon has a deep understanding of digital marketing and runs our leadership development programs.


Stephanie Schneider

Executive Office and Client Experience Manager

She's the spirit behind our team, managing operations, client communication, team organization, event coordination, and marketing with a focus on innovation, collaboration, and success.


Ilana Isakov Katz

Marketing Strategist

She is an award-winning marketing communications professional with extensive involvement in marketing, branding, and advertising.


Trisha Daho

Culture and DEI Consultant

Trisha, a former Big 4 partner, led diverse teams, delivering billions in value for Fortune 500 companies and startups. As a rapid-growth strategist, she created thriving practices and developed leaders who achieved roles like CFOs and CEOs.


Matt Telop

MPB Trainer

A former law enforcement officer and martial arts champion, Matt now coaches C-Suite executives to peak performance through physical fitness, mental agility, and emotional balance.

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Joy Youell

Content Marketing, AI & SEO Consultant

Joy Youell is our incredible content strategist and AI expert who helps firms understand that their content is more than just words on a page.


Bruce Hennes

Crisis Communication & PR Consultant

Bruce has a diverse client list including Goodyear and NASA. He serves on the executive committee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and has been named to the Lawdragon 100 Leading Consultants and Strategists for five consecutive years.

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Ross Henderson

Head of Content Operations

With significant experience leading content marketing efforts for accounting firms, Ross pairs hands-on digital expertise with a strategic perspective that helps firms better articulate their unique values.


 To become the preeminent consultant to firms dedicated to transcending excellence.


  • Trust
  • Professionalism
  • Dedication
  • Entrepreneurial Mindsets

Our Belief

We believe that every firm and every professional has the potential to be WORLD-CLASS. 



Consulting by the Falls

We're called "Winding River Consulting" for a reason.

We are located in the gorgeous town of Chagrin Falls, OH. With historic architecture, a vibrant restaurant scene, and plenty of local shops and galleries to explore, our office setting is truly picturesque.

Stop by sometime for a slice of historic charm. 

Address: 210 Bell St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022