Rita Keller is a nationally known CPA firm management consultant, speaker, and author. She is a former shareholder and Chief Operating Officer of a large, successful, regional CPA firm and has over 35 years’ hands-on experience in the management, marketing, technology and administration of a successful firm. She played a key role in growing the firm from eleven people to over 125 team members, with 3 offices.

Keller is widely known for her leadership, presentation and implementation skills and her passion for people and relationships inside accounting firms. She works as a change agent for firms throughout the country focusing on culture, people, internal management, operations, implementation of initiatives and partner issues. She also provides an advisory/coaching program for the firm’s management team.

As a facilitator and speaker, Keller has been featured at nearly every prominent management conference, such as Management Summit, The Advisory Board’s Forum for Women in Accounting, the AICPA Annual HR Forum, AICPA PractitionersTECH+ Symposium, AICPA National Advanced Accounting Technical Symposium, The Association for Accounting Marketing, and The CPA Firm Management Association National Management Conference, The Minnesota Society Tax Conference, The North Carolina Society Professional Women’s Conference, The Tennessee Society Women’s Career Summit, Winning is Everything Conference, The Association of Government Accountants, plus numerous other CPA firm association and state CPA society meetings.

Keller has been repeatedly named to Accounting Today’s list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. She was also repeatedly named to the list of  The Most Powerful Women In Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor. She has also received the Everest Award from Management Summit, established to recognize major/ongoing contributions to the CPA profession and the Association for Accounting Administration ACE Award for achievement, commitment and excellence in CPA firm management and administration. Her popular daily blog, devoted to CPA firm management, continues to be named, by many sources, as one of the Top Accounting Blogs. She also publishes a monthly, CPA management newsletter. Keller was one of the first to earn the PAFM (Public Accounting Firm Manager) accredited designation from The CPA Firm Management Association.

Keller served as Chair of the AICPA PractitionersTECH+ Planning Committee and served on the Ohio CPA Society Member Services Advisory Committee and Women’s Initiative Committee. Keller served on the national Board of Directors of The Association for Accounting Administration (AAA) where she served two terms as National President. She is the past-president of the Indiana Chapter and cofounder of the Ohio Chapter of AAA. Keller is a contributing author to the AICPA MAP Handbook, AICPA PCPS Human Capital Center and is often quoted in CPA management publications, Internet newsletters, blogs, Facebook and Twitter. She has been featured numerous times in the Journal of Accountancy and authored the article, Make the Most of Mentoring, for the August 2008 issue of the Journal.