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Az Business honors Most Admired Companies

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BestCompaniesAZ and Az Business magazine honored 40 companies at the 2014 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies award reception on September 11, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort. Arizona’s Most Admired Companies are selected based on how a company has performed in the following areas: workplace culture, leadership excellence, corporate and social responsibility, customer opinion and innovation.… Read More →

Donna Witherwax, CPA – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Donna Witherwax, CPA – Partner, Grant Thornton With more than two decades of experience, most recently as a partner at KPMG in Phoenix, Witherwax, CPA, joined Grant Thornton in 2012 as a tax partner and the overall tax practice leader for the firm. She is responsible for implementing the strategic direction of the practice, strengthening… Read More →

CFOs Show Growing Confidence in U.S. Economy

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During the past year, chief financial officers (CFOs) have grown significantly more confident in the U.S. economy, according to the 2013 Spring CFO Survey from Grant Thornton LLP. The survey findings reveal that 45 percent of respondents believe the state of the U.S. economy will improve during the next six months, compared to just 31… Read More →

Tax reform aims to help small businesses

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During the State of the Union address, President Obama said that tax reform is a key issue for small businesses today. Specifically, the president stressed that many small businesses are overwhelmed with administrative tasks associated with tax filing and deserve the opportunity to focus on strategic areas of their business that could help them grow… Read More →

U.S. Business Leaders Showing Signs of Optimism

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by in Economy | Featured

On the heels of a pessimistic outlook during the fourth quarter of 2012, US business leaders show signs of increased optimism in the performance of the nation’s economy according to the latest data from the Grant Thornton International Business Report, a survey of 3,200 business leaders in 44 countries. In first quarter 2013, optimism among… Read More →

NB|AZ names Lechter 2013 Woman of the Year

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National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) announced Sharon Lechter as the winner of its fourth annual Women’s Financial Group (WFG) Woman of the Year Award. The award, designed to honor outstanding professional women throughout metropolitan Phoenix, was presented to Lechter during a ceremony last week. Lechter is a local businesswoman, investor and financial literary activist whose… Read More →

NB|AZ names Lechter 2013 Woman of the Year

Sharon Lechter - headshot

National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) announced Sharon Lechter as the winner of its fourth annual Women’s Financial Group (WFG) Woman of the Year Award. The award, designed to honor outstanding professional women throughout metropolitan Phoenix, was presented to Lechter during a ceremony last week. Lechter is a local businesswoman, investor and financial literary activist whose… Read More →

U.S. Business Leaders Show Declining Optimism about Economy

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by in Economy | Featured

U.S. business leaders continue to show a lack of optimism about the performance of the nation’s economy, according to the latest data from the Grant Thornton International Business Report, a survey of 3,200 business leaders in 44 countries. In fourth quarter 2012, optimism among US business leaders fell to -4 percent, the lowest since the… Read More →

Momentum builds to soften accounting standards for private companies

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by in Business News | Economy

Private companies say they need to stop being treated like public companies. And now the accounting world has begun to listen to their complaints. The debate about whether to soften accounting standards for private companies has gone on for years, but this time it seems to be moving toward action, although slowly. But this past… Read More →

CFOs see stability in US economy despite ‘fiscal cliff’ threat

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by in Business News | Economy

Nearly 70 percent of chief financial officers of US companies believe the US economy will either improve or remain stable during the next six months, according to the 2012 Fall CFO Survey from Grant Thornton LLP. The survey findings reveal that 39 percent of respondents believe the state of the US economy will remain the… Read More →

Grant Thornton Give Back Day

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by in Business News

On Thursday, Nov. 15, nearly 800 current and retired partners and managing directors from Grant Thornton LLP offices across the globe gathered in the Valley during their annual meeting, which was held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, to help give back to the local area community. During the day, the firm made a check presentation… Read More →

CFOs Believe Economy Will Not Improve During the Next Six Months

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by in Business News | Economy | Workforce

Fifty-four percent of CFOs in the U.S. do not foresee any changes in the health of the economy during the next six months, according to a survey by Grant Thornton LLP. Still, most CFOs surveyed are optimistic about maintaining (45 percent) or increasing (37 percent) their headcount over the next six months. According to the… Read More →

“MACH” A Match For Whistleblowers

"MACH" A Match for Whistleblowers
by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

In 2002, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) breathed new life into whistleblower programs for U.S.-listed public companies. This legislation had a particular impact on audit committees, handing them the responsibility of, “establishing procedures for The receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by the issuer regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, or auditing matters; and The confidential,… Read More →

Women At Grant Thornton Initiative Create An Environment Where Females Can Thrive

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Stella(r) Leadership For Stella Shanovich, an audit partner at Grant Thornton in Phoenix, her team is anything but a Good Ol’ Boys’ network or a Women-Only Club. It’s a group of men and women focused on building a dynamic, talented team. “However, while inclusivity is key, it is also important to understand women and men are different in the… Read More →