August Aquila is the founder and CEO of AQUILA Global Advisors, LLC and is a key thought leader for professional service firms (PSFs). He has worked with various types of PSFs in the US, Canada, India and England.
August brings a wealth of hands-on experience to his clients and presentations. He was a partner in a Top50 US CPA firm and a senior executive with American Express Tax & Business Services, Inc., For twenty-seven years he has advised PSFs in the areas of succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, compensation plan designs and partnership issues.
In 2004, 2007, 2009 to 2017 he was selected as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in The Accounting Profession” by Accounting Today. His articles have appeared in MP (Managing Partner), Journal of Accountancy, CA Magazine, Accounting Today, Of Counsel and other major publications.
Recent books include: How to Become the Firm of Choice, What Makes a Great Partnership, Client at the Core: Marketing and Managing Today’s Professional Services Firm; Performance Is Everything – The Why, What and How of Designing Compensation Plans; Compensation as a Strategic Asset: The New Paradigm; What Successful Managing Partner Do and Engaging Partners in the Firm’s Future.
August holds an MBA from DePaul University (Chicago) and a PhD from Indiana University (Bloomington). August lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota with his wife, Emily. When not working, August enjoys biking, traveling and gardening.