August Aquila is one of the profession’s key thought leaders. He works with firms as small as $1 million to some of the largest firms in the US and abroad. As a former partner in a Top100 US firm and a senior executive with American Express Tax & Business Services, Inc., August brings a wealth of hands-on experience to his clients and presentations.For twenty-seven years he has advised professional services firms covering succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, compensation plan designs and partnership issues.He has written several books on managing professional services firms. Most recently: Engaging Partners in the Firm’s Future, What Successful Managing Partners Do, Performance Is Everything – The Why, What and How of Designing Compensation Plans, and Client at the Core: Marketing and Managing Today’s Professional Services Firm. He is a frequent speaker at AICPA National Conferences and at State CPA Society Conferences. He has been a frequent presenter at SME Advisors Conferences in Canada and has presented seminars in England, Mexico and India.August holds an MBA from DePaul University (Chicago) and a PhD from Indiana University (Bloomington). When not working, August enjoys biking, traveling and gardening.