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8:00pm EDT June 25, 2007

With more than 50 combined years of accounting and consulting experience, Mark Goldfarb and Gary Shamis serve as managing directors of SS&G Financial Services, a growing full-service accounting and business consulting firm.

Founded in 1968 as a two-man company, the firm has expanded to include more than 350 employees and now has offices in Akron, Cleveland (Solon and Westlake), Columbus, Cincinnati and Erlanger, Ky.

Throughout the years, the company has faced several challenges, including growing the firm in a declining economic region. Goldfarb and Shamis realized several years ago they had to implement an innovative plan to create opportunity and growth.

Their first business strategy was developing nontraditional service niches to set their firm apart from the competition. SS&G broadened its offerings to include payroll processing, wealth management, retirement plan design and administration, business valuation and litigation counseling, human resource and technology consulting, and a specialty tax practice. Five years ago, the firm began to focus on industry niches as well. The success of these practices laid the foundation for the firm’s future growth.

When it comes to hiring great people, SS&G wanted to be considered a destination employer. To attract talent, Goldfarb and Shamis decided to offer competitive benefits and employee stock ownership programs. As a result, the firm has won several awards and has a low turnover rate.

Last year, Goldfarb and Shamis spear-headed the transformation of SS&G into a next-generation company by working with nationally recognized consultants to survey staff, educate senior management and implement a forward-thinking plan.

SS&G’s leaders also encourage employees to support local charities. During the past decade, the company has raised over $250,000 with an annual golf outing that benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. SS&G professionals donate time and serve on the boards of over 500 nonprofits collectively.

HOW TO REACH: SS&G Financial Services, (330) 668-9696 and (440) 248-8787 or