Hall of Fame

Gordon Viere, CPA

2016 Inductee

Gordon Viere, CPA

Gordon Viere began his career with the CliftonLarsonAllen LLP in 1975. CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) is a professional services firm with three integrated businesses working together to advance our clients’ success, create uncommon careers for our people, and do what is right for the public. The three integrated businesses are wealth advisory, outsourcing and public accounting (audit, tax, and consulting). CliftonLarsonAllen offers unprecedented emphasis on serving privately held businesses and their owners, as well as nonprofits and governmental entities. The firm has a staff of more than 3,600 professionals, operating from more than 90 offices across the country and ranked as one of the top 10 firms in the nation.

Gordy served as the chief executive officer of CLA from 1989 to 2014 and had responsibility for leadership and management, including strategic planning for the future strength and viability of the firm. Through the years he has been a presenter for many professional and civic seminars and conventions relating to topics on management, leadership and various other business related matters. Revenue grew from approximately $10 million to $600 million during Gordy’s tenure as CEO.

Gordy founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer of CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC and CliftonLarsonAllen Outsourcing through December 31, 2014.   He currently serves as the chief wealth advisory officer for CliftonLarsonAllen LLP.

He has been involved in numerous merger and acquisition (M & A) transactions and advises professional service organizations and businesses on M & A, strategic, governance and other business and financial matters.


  • CPA – Minnesota and Texas

Current and Past Professional and Business Experience

  • Chief Wealth Advisory Officer - 2015
  • Chief Executive Officer of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP- 1989 to 2014
  • Chief Executive Officer of CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC through 2014
  • Chief Executive Officer of CliftonLarsonAllen Outsourcing through 2014
  • Partner-In-Charge of St. Cloud office of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP - 1983 to 1989
  • Kerber Co. Public Accountants – 1974 to 1975 (while attending college)
  • Advisory board member of a carton manufacturing company
  • Board member of medical reprocessing company
  • Board member of a candle manufacturing company
  • Board member of restaurant franchise group
  • Advisory board member of injection molding company
  • Founding chair of the board and CEO of Capital Professional Advisors, Inc. (national broker dealer, RIA, and insurance agency)
  • Board  member  of  Organizational  Concepts  International,  LLC  (human  resource  consultants specializing in compensation, labor relations, and learning)

Current and Past Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
    • Chairperson – Major Firms Group (U. S. accounting and consulting firms that are smaller than Big Four and have more than 75 certified public accountants)
    • Member of the AICPA Governing Council
    • Member of the AICPA Board of Directors
    • Chairperson – Strategic Planning Committee
    • Member of the AICPA Nomination Committee
    • Member  of  the  AICPA  Assurance  Services  Executive  Committee  (with  the  charge  of identifying and branding new services for the accounting profession)
    • Minnesota Co-Facilitator - AICPA CPA Vision Project
  • Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Nexia International (international group of accounting and consulting firms)
  • Baker Tilly International, Inc. (international group of accounting and consulting firms)
    • Board Member
    • Chairperson of CEO Group
  • ALAC  (Accountants’  Liability  Assurance  Company—a  mutual  insurance  company  domiciled  in Bermuda that provides professional liability insurance to US accounting firms) – Current Board Chair
  • Young Presidents Organization (YPO, an international organization of chief executive officers of businesses where the individual was in the CEO position before age 40)
    • Executive  Committee  Member,  Treasurer,  Forum  Moderator,  Programs  Chair,  Board Member Twin Cities Chapter
  • World Presidents Organization (WPO, an international organization of chief executive officers of businesses)
    • Chairperson - Twin Cities Chapter, Executive Committee Member, Treasurer,
    • Programs Chair
    • Accountants Liability Assurance Company Ltd – Board Chair

Other Current and Past Community Activities and Other Participations

  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest
    • Current member of the Executive Committee and Board (Chairperson (2011 and 2012)
    • Recipient of the National Gold Leadership Award (2015)
  • Advantage Minnesota - Board Member (not-for-profit organization partnering government and business to attract and retain businesses for Minnesota)
  • Bethel College & Seminary Foundation - Board of Governors and Presidents Club
  • Downey Side - Board Member (not-for-profit organization committed to matching adoptive parents with children where parental rights have been terminated)
  • Foster Care Programs - Over the years, Gordon and Diane Viere have had over 20 foster children live with them through Hennepin, Anoka and Stearns County Social Services
  • St. Cloud State University Foundation - Board of Trustees and Advisory
  • St. Cloud State University - Alumni Planned Giving Advisory Board
  • St. Cloud State University – Advisory Board
  • Salvation Army Advisory Board (St. Cloud area)
  • United Way - Various support and leadership roles
  • Church - Various board and other leadership roles
  • Frequent speaker on topics of management, leadership and various other business related matters

Additional Notable Achievements

  • St. Cloud State University
    • Awarded Honorary Doctorate 2010
    • Distinguished Alumni Award 1997
  • Twin Cities Business Superstar – 200 Minnesotans You Should Know 2010 and 2011
  • Past recipient of the 100 most influential people in the accounting profession
  • Foster father to 22 children