Accounting Influencers Roundtable


Transforming Accounting: Aprio CEO Richard Kopelman

CEO Richard Kopelman unveils Aprio's massive 2023 expansion, secret projects, and shares invaluable CPA advice for global accounting success.

“CEO Richard Kopelman unveils Aprio’s massive expansion, secret projects and shares invaluable CPA advice for global accounting success.”

Richard Kopelman, CEO and Managing Partner of accounting firm Aprio, shares his personal philosophy of staying positive and never giving up, the importance of having a well-written strategic plan, and his vision to have truly global accounting firms.

Kopelman shares how staying positive and persistent has been key to leading Aprio’s tremendous growth from $70 million to $450 million in revenue. 

He emphasizes the importance of having a well-defined strategic plan and sticking to it, even though growth is never a straight line. 

Kopelman also provides insight into transitioning accounting firms beyond traditional partnership structures into more corporate models in order to scale. His vision is to have truly global accounting firms without restrictions. 

Throughout the discussion, Kopelman’s passion for the profession and commitment to seizing opportunities comes through clearly.

“My personal philosophy is to stay positive and never give up. I’m not very good at taking no for an answer.”

Key Takeaways:

  • Staying positive and never giving up has been Kopelman’s key to success in leading Aprio from $70M to $450M in revenue.
  • Having a well-defined strategic plan is crucial – you need a North Star even though growth is never a straight line.
  • Firms need to move beyond traditional partnership structures and embrace more corporate approaches to scale.
  • Hiring great people and getting out of their way is his leadership philosophy.


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