On episode 70 of The Unique CPA, Randy talks to Gary Shamis, CEO of Winding River Consulting, about being an entrepreneur and dealing with losing control. They also discuss Winding River Consulting and Gary’s Managing Partner Bootcamp.

Important Links

Winding River Consulting Website

Gary Shamis on LinkedIn

Managing Partner Bootcamp

About the Guest

Gary Shamis is the CEO of Winding River Consulting, an advisory company all about helping businesses see progress. Before Winding River, Shamis built his father’s firm, SS&G Inc, to the 37th largest independent accounting firm in America. He has written the books How to Manage Your Accounting Practice and Building Blocks: Case Studies of a Serial Entrepreneur. He also co-founded The Advisory Board with other accounting firm consultants.


Meet the Host

Randy Crabtree, CPA


Randy Crabtree

Randy Crabtree, co-founder and partner of Tri-Merit Specialty Tax Professionals, is a widely followed author, lecturer and podcast host for the accounting profession.

Since 2019, he has hosted the “The Unique CPA,” podcast, which ranks among the world’s 5% most popular programs (Source: Listen Score). You can find articles from Randy in Accounting Today’s Voices column, the AICPA Tax Adviser (Tax-saving opportunities for the housing and construction industries) and he is a regular presenter at conferences and virtual training events hosted by CPAmerica, Prime Global, Leading Edge Alliance (LEA), Allinial Global and several state CPA societies. Crabtree also provides continuing professional education to top 100 CPA firms across the country.

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Tri-Merit is a niche professional services firm that specializes in helping CPAs and their clients benefit from R&D tax credits, cost segregation, the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction (179D), the energy efficient home credit (45L) and the employee retention credit (ERC).

Prior to joining Tri-Merit, Crabtree was managing partner of a CPA firm in the greater Chicago area. He has more than 30 years of public accounting and tax consulting experience in a wide variety of industries, and has worked closely with top executives to help them optimize their tax planning strategies.