GGI Member Firms of the Year 2017
From left to right: Michael Reiss von Filski, Vijesh Zinzuwadia, Jeffrey L. Mowery, Werner Prenner, Othmar Eberhart, Claudio G. Cocca
Three GGI member firms received the ‘GGI Member Firm of the Year Awards’ at GGI’s World Conference in Vienna, Austria. The firms were nominated by fellow GGI member firms either by means of an online voting system available on the GGI intranet or by email. We are very pleased to present the three winners of the ‘GGI Member Firm of the Year Awards 2017’ in alphabetical order:
CONTAX WirtschaftstreuhandgmbH (Austria)
CONTAX was proud to be one of the host firms of a wonderful and memorable GGI World Conference in Vienna.
Our firm, represented by Werner Prenner and Othmar Eberhart, received the award of GGI Member Firm of the Year 2017. We are extremely proud to receive this award in our home city and feel very honoured to have been given such a vote of confidence. We would like to say “Thank you” to all GGI friends and especially to our staff, who allow us to work successfully for our clients on such high professional and ethical standards. Since we joined GGI four years ago we have had a significant number of opportunities to work together with several other GGI member firms. The integration of CONTAX into GGI is extremely important for us and our clients, as it allows us an international professional interaction on a very high quality level. Our experts in accounting, audit and international tax law within CONTAX assist both Austrian companies on their way into foreign markets and also foreign entities in their activities in Austria. We are looking forward to continuing and even intensifying our cooperation with our fellow GGI-members in the future!
CONTAX was established in 1990 and is strategically located in the heart of Vienna. It rapidly developed into a prestigious firm that was able to develop teams of experts for specific client needs. Today, CONTAX employs a coordinated team of five partners and 45 specialists with a focus on servicing small and medium-sized companies in all tax matters, as well as accounting and auditing.
Contax Wirtschaftstreuhandgesellschaft mbH
T: +43 1 516 03
Mowery & Schoenfeld LLC (USA)
Specialising in providing financial reporting, monthly accounting, and tax planning and consulting services to entrepreneurs and their businesses, Mowery & Schoenfeld (M&S) is a Chicago- based CPA firm that can address the many needs of small, growing and middle market companies. The firm’s focus is helping successful companies increase their transferable value.
With a budding wealth management practice and specialised estate, gift, and trust taxation and planning experience, M&S is also situated ideally to serve wealthy individuals and families. Large enough to provide the expertise and knowledge that its clients need, yet nimble enough to provide service packages tailored to each client, M&S has spent over 20 years growing with its clients and contributing to their success.
Since joining the GGI family in 2013, Managing Partner Jeffery L. Mowery has attended 13 events, spoken at 7, co-hosted the GGI North American Regional Conference in Chicago in 2015, and been named the Regional Vice Chairperson for North America of GGI’s International Taxation Practice Group (ITPG). Reflecting on his experience in GGI, Jeff stated, “We have experienced a growth rate in excess of 60% over the last five years, and we would not be the firm we are today without the GGI family.”
M&S has been recognised as one of the GGI Member Firms of the Year 2017. “We are proud to have our firm and our contribution to GGI recognised by our peers within this group,” said Jeff. “To be nominated by such outstanding professionals is most gratifying, and we are truly humbled by this honour.”
Mowery & Schoenfeld, LLC
Chicago, IL, USA
T: +1 847 247 89 59
Jeffery L. Mowery
Zinzuwadia & Co. CA (India)
It was an absolutely amazing and exciting experience to receive the “GGI Member Firm of the Year Award 2017”. The other two winners of the awards, Mowery & Schoenfeld LLC (Chicago, IL, USA) and CONTAX (Vienna, Austria), added flavour to this proud moment.
Five years ago, when we joined GGI as a new member firm and I attended my first GGI World Conference in Rome, I didn’t know anyone over there. But since then, I have made many GGI friends from all around the world. Our main aim in joining GGI was to network with professional firms for outbound referrals and to gain international exposure. We found the functioning and structure of GGI’s Practice Groups to be very professional, and worked hard to focus our participation within the following: International Taxation (ITPG), Global Mobility Solutions, M&A, Business Development & Marketing, and Audit, Reporting & Compliance. I also made sure to attend many Regional and World Conferences.
The main outcome of being GGI member firm, I realise, is that our firm is recognised to have global reach. At the same time, we have gained many friends, and become part of a much larger global family, which just happens to have a networking and knowledgesharing platform.
I worked with many GGI firms so far, from Singapore and Australia to Mexico, Canada, and the UK. The best thing about GGI is that all GGI member firms are very high-quality service firms and are quick to respond as a part of their perceived moral responsibility. In common, I found that the approach of GGI member firms is always personalised and attentive.
We specialise in providing professional services to small to mid-size foreign companies for inbound investment and small to mid-size Indian companies for outbound investment for startup strategies, FEMA (FDI) compliances and advisory services including support services.
Let me assure all GGI firms that, given an opportunity to work with any of you or your clients, we will stay committed to provide the best quality services in terms of effective and clear communication, quick turnaround times and the best service solutions under the available circumstances.
If anyone wants any information or preliminary support, kindly write to us and we would be happy to assist the best way we can.
Zinzuwadia & Co. CA
Ahmedabad, Kalol, Rajkot,
T: +91 98 2532 95 76
Winning firms are nominated for the awards by other GGI members. The awards acknowledge innovation, achievement and strategy, as well as the progressive and inspirational changes taking place within the industry. The judging panel, comprised of the GGI Executive Committee and GGI Executive Management, scrutinised all nominations to ensure that they met the specific criteria for the GGI Member Firm of the Year Award. These include reliability, professionalism, response behaviour, reputation and client services.