August Aquila began his career as an accounting firm marketer before the term was popular -- as a freshly-minted MBA from DePaul University. Over the past 20 years, he has blazed new business development trails throughout the profession - becoming the first director of new business development at Coopers & Lybrand and the first non-CPA marketing director to make partner (at Friedman, Eisenstein, Raemer & Schwartz in 1985). He was also partly responsible for the accounting firm consolidation craze of the late 1990s, in his position as head of mergers and acquisitions at American Express Tax and Business Services' division.

After a 10-year stint at Amex, Aquila struck out on his own this summer, and is currently heading the consulting division of The Growth Partnership - a professional service firms consultancy. He also edits Partner Advantage Advisory, a monthly newsletter for CPAs, put out by Hudson Sawyer.

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