Element78, financial athletes serving as change agents
Gary Modrow, Managing Director and Chief Growth Officer for Element 78 Advisors, which works with leading private equity groups and their portfolio companies to address critical accounting, finance and operational objectives joins Enterprise Radio.
- Your company is young and has already won awards and been recognized as one of Consultant Magazine’s fastest growing businesses. To what do you attribute this rapid growth?
- What are the biggest challenges to such rapid growth and how are you managing it?
- How are you managing such rapid growth without negatively affecting customer service?
- How are you able to keep up with staffing demands? How do you ensure your employees are a good fit for your company and clients?
- You and many of your leadership team came from large companies – what are the challenges in moving from a large company to a smaller, entrepreneurial one?
- How did you decide to make the leap from the perceived safety of a larger firm to a start-up?
- Entrepreneurial minds tend to have strong opinions – how do you and your team work together effectively?
- What advice do you have for people wanting to make the leap from large corporate jobs to entrepreneurship?
Gary Modrow is a Principal and Chief Growth Officer, responsible for the firm’s growth initiatives, including new market expansion, practice acquisition, and corporate development strategy formulation and implementation.
Gary brings over a decade of experience spanning across public accounting, management consulting and corporate development. At the foundation of Gary’s success lies the ability to promote and build long-term relationships with key prospects, clients, and business partners. He focuses not only on new market opportunities, but also expanding existing client relationships by introducing the breadth and depth of the Element 78 service lines and teams.
Prior to joining Element 78, Gary led corporate development for The GSI Group, driving all phases of M&A for the firm including expansion into new product lines and geographies. Gary also managed consulting engagements around transaction advisory, business strategy, and operations improvement while at The Keystone Group, a Chicago based management consulting firm. Gary started his career at RSM (formerly, McGladrey) as a manager within the firm’s private equity group.
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