The Fastest Growing Firms, 2015: Armanino



Rank: #30 Revenue Growth: 113%

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 you 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 manage 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 2016?

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 your clients?

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.

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