Richard Berkowitz / Berkowitz Pollack Brant
One of Berkowitzs goals has been to build a place where people can develop great careers, a focus he retains to this day, where its led to a proactive embrace of the workstyles of Millennials and a stunningly low single-digit turnover rate. He has paired that concern for culture and environment with strong, detailed plans for the firms future -- he has even planned for the firms future without him: They have had a succession plan in place for over five years, under which Berkowitz has been grooming and mentoring the next CEO to succeed him when he transitions to the chairmans role next January.
Joey Havens / Horne
Leaders are rare, but rarer still are leaders who develop other leaders and Joey Havens is definitely one of those. It shows in the Wise Firm culture he has installed at Horne, an incredibly positive and empowering ethos that urges employees to beBetter, even as it gives them unparalleled flexibility and support to do so. (Its well worth a look at www.wisefirm.com.) The results at Horne are clear: Under Havens, the firm has grown its revenues over 40 percent, grown its staff almost 30 percent (while significantly lowering turnover), and innovated in service areas like its new cybersecurity practice.
Diane Medley / Mountjoy Chilton Medley
Medley built the firm she co-founded from scratch into the largest firm in Kentucky, a powerhouse with a spot among the leading firms in the country thats now pursuing an aggressive regional expansion plan. Underpinning all that success is a strong focus on leadership and talent, with programs for identifying and grooming rising stars, and an active Next-Generation Committee to help with recruiting and retention.