AKRON, Ohio – (October 21, 2019) – Apple Growth Partners (AGP), award-winning accounting and business advisory firm, announced a newly created leadership role in response to the firm’s rapid growth over the past three years. Jeff Stinson, CFA, MBA, will join the firm as the director of strategic core services.
During the last three years, AGP experienced exponential growth in both employees and revenue as a result of two consecutive mergers, opening a new office in Canton, executing a strategic marketing plan, and investing in the latest technology. In 2019 alone, the firm has received multiple awards in both revenue growth and culture development from significant publications: Crain’s Cleveland Best Employers in Ohio, The Plain Dealer Top Workplaces, Inside Public Accounting Top 300 Firms, and Weatherhead 100 Fastest Growing Companies. Recognizing accelerated growth can yield pressure in internal processes if not adequately managed, AGP’s executive committee developed a role solely dedicated to advancing the firm’s strategic plan through comprehensive management and processes. The director of strategic core services is the proactive answer to the firm’s swift advancement.
With more than 20 years of leadership, strategic planning, and operational expertise, Jeff Stinson brings a wealth of experience in the recently established position. For 12 years, Stinson served as the founder for the Cleveland Research Company, and as chief operating officer from 2015 – 2018, leading the operational excellence and strategic development for the $40M independent investment research firm. A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) by trade, Stinson arrives with a capable background to streamline processes and properly align strategic scheduling. Stinson holds a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management and Bachelor of Business Administration/Finance from College of William & Mary.
“Our firm’s sights are set on continuing our growth trajectory, specifically becoming a $100M revenue/Top 50 USA firm within the next decade,” states Chuck Mullen, chairman. “To do so without straining our employees and existing processes, Jeff’s expertise will help align our inner workflows to accommodate expansion.”
The new role of director of strategic core services will work closely with the department leaders for the firm’s tax, audit, and business valuation teams to lead client services professionals in executing, delivering, and growing client offerings. Stinson will join as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
“Moving the growth needle forward without causing strain on our employees is critical for the success of our firm,” says Mullen. “Bringing Jeff on board sets AGP up for continued success as we help grow local businesses in Northeastern Ohio and beyond.”
About Apple Growth Partners
Apple Growth Partners is an award-winning accounting and business advisory firm with more than 75 years of helping grow local businesses. With offices in Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Kent, AGP offers a full range of services, including audit and assurance, tax planning and compliance, business valuation, litigation consulting, employee stock ownership plans, and transactional advisory services.