Twice named a Most Admired CEO in Georgia and Who’s Who in the accounting industry, Richard Kopelman serves as CEO and managing partner of Aprio, LLP, a nationally-recognized, CPA-led business advisory firm.
Richard’s strategic foresight into the future of accounting enables him to lead Aprio to its next generation of growth. With more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, Richard has earned a reputation for providing clients, from startups to billion dollar enterprises, with the highest level of service, and establishing a diverse and collaborative workplace where Aprio advisors thrive.
In 2017, Richard championed an industry-leading rebrand that aligns the firm around a passion for guiding clients to what’s next. As leader of the firm’s merger and acquisition activity, Richard directed Aprio’s combination with Yeager & Boyd, the firm’s first expansion outside of the Atlanta market. He has also spearheaded the development of a new portfolio of service offerings that enable Aprio team members to serve clients as true business advisors.
“We invest in our clients’ success by investing in our own,” Aprio’s mission, grew from Richard’s personal mission as the firm’s leader. Richard recognizes the importance of a strong, team-oriented culture where opportunity exists for all team members and benefits all clients.
Prior to his role as CEO and managing partner, Richard served as a business advisor to clients doing business domestically and abroad in more than 40 countries, and he built and led Aprio’s Manufacturing and Distribution group, increasing revenue by 800 percent in 14 years. In addition, Richard had the opportunity to serve on the corporate side acting as a CFO of a tech startup. In 2010, Richard founded Next Generation Manufacturing, a business forum for southeastern manufacturers to exchange best practices relating to innovation, people and processes to create the next generation of manufacturing.
Richard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida and joined Aprio in 1992. His professional affiliations include:
• Next Generation Manufacturing – Founder and chairman
• Morison KSi – International board member
• Vistage International
• Rotary Club of Atlanta
• American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
• Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants