Gordon A. Viere started his career in public accounting in 1975 right out of college at Minneapolis-based LarsonAllen. He joined the firm's partnership in 1982 and rose through the ranks to become chief executive in 1989. Under his leadership, LarsonAllen has grown through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions to become one of the 20 largest firms in the nation, with revenues topping $90 million.

Here, Viere describes the firm's expansion strategy, his toughest challenges as CEO, and the impact of the regulatory changes in the profession.

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