Liberty Tax Service chief executive and founder John Hewitt is a veteran of more than 35 tax seasons, having gotten his start at tax prep giant H&R Block and moved up the company's management ranks to eventually become a regional director in 1980 and oversee over 2,000 preparers in 250 offices.

From Block, Hewitt became an initial investor in Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, a company built on the notion of applying technology to tax preparation while still delivering quality customer service. Hewitt left Jackson Hewitt in 1997, shortly after the public company was sold for $483 million. The six-office start of the company had grown into a franchising chain operating 1,345 offices.

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