Armanino provides integrated audit, tax,
business management, consulting and
technology solutions to companies in
the U.S. and globally. Armanino consultants provide comprehensive services to
the CFO organizations of fast-growing
companies, according to Tom Mescall,
Partner-in-Charge, Consulting for Armanino. The deep bench of services provided by Armanino’s business leaders
who have served as CFOs, controllers
and FP&A directors helps finance teams
to minimize time spent on low-value
accounting processes and increase time
spent on strategic decision-making.
Armanino is ranked No. 30 with 113
percent growth rate over the past three
years. Consulting caught up with Mescall to discuss the firm.
Consulting: What were the main
factors that contributed to your
exceptional growth rate?
Mescall: During that time period,
Armanino’s consulting practice
evolved from an ancillary service
area to a $63.5 million powerhouse
with 230 employees located across
the nation and 16 partners. We found
a fast-growing demand among our
customers and prospects for more
robust business applications to man-
age their enterprises. That compelled
Armanino to place technology at the
center of our consulting services.
Consulting: How is 2015
shaping up for your firm?
Mescall: We’ve seen an increased
demand from clients and prospects
for cloud financials and budgeting,
forecasting and planning tools, while
the rest of our service areas have
stayed strong. Armanino has made
big investments in industry-specific
intellectual property, add-on modules for core ERP and CRM product
lines and cloud integration available
on the Armanino Marketplace. We
continue to develop our own IP and
provide deeper industry expertise.
Consulting: How would you
describe your firm’s outlook for
Mescall: Our clients continue to grow
revenues without adding proportional
headcount. We are working with our
clients to utilize cloud technology
to help their businesses scale while
keeping costs low. Our consulting
offerings have become more integrated
because our clients are taking our
advice to look more holistically at
their people, processes and technology.
They are coming to us more frequently
for multiple services and projects than
in the past.
Consulting: What do you see as
the biggest challenges in 2016?
Mescall: Our consultants are finance, industry and technology experts who leverage their hands-on
experience in leading high-growth
businesses to help our clients achieve
process improvements, cost-savings
and productivity gains along with
the technology we implement. To
address the holistic delivery of services to clients, our challenge will be
to provide them unified project and
change management while bringing
together many of our technical resources in a cohesive manner.
Consulting: What does being a
Fastest Growing Firm mean to
your firm, your employees and
Mescall: Leading, growth-oriented
companies pick Armanino because
they trust our consultants to meet their
multiple, high-priority analytic, finance
and operational needs. Armanino’s
consultants have real world experience
as former CFOs, controllers, FP&A
managers and data analysts in rapid
growth companies. This award is just
one more way for our clients to trust the
Armanino approach to business transformation—they see it working for us
and they want that same enthusiasm
dedicated to their own companies.