Schellman & Company is a leading provider of attes- tation and compliance services—the only company in the
world operating under one legal
entity that is a CPA firm, globally
approved PCI QSA, ISO Certification Registrar, HITRUST CSF
Assessor, and FedRAMP 3PAO,
says Avani Desai, President of
Schellman & Company. Desai sat
down with Consulting to discuss
Consulting: What were the main
factors that contributed to your firm’s
Desai: First and foremost, the quality of our employees and their expertise are unmatched by anyone in the
compliance industry. High caliber
employees mean we are capable of
meeting the highest caliber of expectations for all of our clients and their
evolving—and sometimes dynamic—needs, whether it is compliance
with emerging requirements from
GDPR or security concerns. Our unwavering commitment to quality has
both built a reputation for our professionals and sustained their passion
regarding compliance. Between that,
constant innovation, and a fundamental respect for the art of professional services, we have seen quality,
growth, and success follow.
Consulting: How is this year shaping
up for your firm?
Desai: It has been a historic year for
us in revenue growth, employee on-boarding, and new services. Earlier
this year, we were named one of the
largest and youngest specialized accounting firms in the industry, and
it is exciting to have the niche we
have created in the accounting industry acknowledged. As we continue to grow and progress, we look
forward to pioneering even more
change within the competitive landscape for specialized firms.
Consulting: How would you describe
your firm’s outlook for 2019?
Desai: The way the compliance industry is currently being shaped,
2019 looks to be an event greater
year than 2018. Recently, and for the
first time in history, we have seen
new tech outpace regulations, standards, best practice, and laws—as
such, most opportunities next year
will more than likely center on these
and the ever-present cyber security
concerns that emerge with them.
Consulting: What would you say are
your firm’s biggest challenges in
Desai: Our biggest challenge will
be keeping our talent pipeline full.
Compliance is a growing field—not
only in consulting, but in the private
and public sectors as well—and the
battle for talent has already begun.
To compete, we need to keep a pulse
on what potential employees are
looking for, both during our recruiting process and also during their
post-hire life at the firm. In order to
attract the top talent, we must continue to innovate ways to manage
the work/life balance and offer the
best options in the industry.
Consulting: What does being named
one of Consulting’s Fastest Growing
Firms mean to your firm, your
employees and your clients?
Desai: It is both humbling and gratifying that the work we do every
day has been recognized as impactful and worthy of such an honor.
This distinction will reinforce to
both our employees and clients that
our culture reflects them, and that
we take their feedback and their
criticism to heart so as to make the
necessary, progressive changes in
order to keep up with the market’s
needs and wants.
SCHELLMAN & COMPANY
32Fastest 2018 REVENUE GROWTH: 115% HQ: TAMPA, FL