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Mark Gargiulo is President of Gray Reed Advisory Services. With his extensive background as a business strategy consultant and C-suite operations executive, Mark knows how to help clients embrace change as an opportunity, achieve substantial growth and navigate difficult obstacles along the way. He has deep experience creating leading-edge strategies for clients, optimizing organizational performance, refining business processes, designing cost-reduction programs, managing strategic action teams, coaching executives and much more.

As COO of the Gray Reed law firm since 2010, Mark has played a significant role in helping it grow into a full-service firm with a global reputation for providing a trusted advisor approach and an exceptional level of client service. Before joining Gray Reed, Mark was a Managing Director at Accenture for 20 years focused on advising a large portfolio of clients on maximizing profitability and enhancing their business operations around the world.

Mark graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematical sciences. He has also completed certification training at the Harvard Business School’s Leading Professional Services Firms Executive Program.

What’s your long game?

Many business leaders cannot answer this question with a detailed strategy. Amid the day-to-day hustle of running the business, long-term strategic planning is often swept aside. But a long-term strategy is your roadmap to sustainable growth and success. Without it, your company might be meandering down the wrong path, which can

Your board of directors is an invaluable asset to your corporation. Well-functioning boards provide diverse experience, independent perspectives and expert oversight to guide your business in the right direction. So, it’s important to ensure your board is fulfilling its obligations by following bylaws and meeting expectations and goals.

That’s where board evaluations come in. Board evaluations measure a board’s effectiveness, help identify strengths and weaknesses, and elicit candid feedback to drive performance. Not only do evaluations keep the board on course, but they also boost transparency, promote accountability and foster investor confidence.

Conducting board assessments can be challenging, however, for companies that do not have the resources to lead an effective evaluation process. There is no one-size-fits-all evaluation model, which is why many companies choose to engage a third-party facilitator such as an advisory firm skilled in designing custom board assessments. These independent reviewers lend greater credibility to the process by being dispassionate, objective and non-confrontational.
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