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DHG Leadership Academy: Investing in Future Leaders

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Brian KilbaneAs we have all heard from DHG’s leaders this past year, DHG’s core strategies of Performance, Talent, Leadership, Growth and Service are the playbook for providing our people with opportunities to have successful, valuable careers.  One of the ways the firm puts these core strategies to work is by investing in our future leaders through the DHG Leadership Academy (“DHGLA”), a five-session program during which nominated participants hear from DHG leaders and have one-on-one coaching sessions. DHGLA’s Class of 2016 kicked off its inaugural session May 24-25, 2016.

As a member of the Class of 2016, I want to provide you with an illustration of how the firm is giving back and making people the DHG’s number one priority.

DHGLA’s Class of 2016 consists of 24 high-performing experienced senior managers and new partners, from all functions of the firm (audit, tax, firm administration, HR, advisory, etc.) and all industry groups.  The purpose of DHGLA is to develop the next generation of leaders through a holistic study of leadership, practice development and personal development skills, through in-depth self-study and collaborative projects.

Matt Snow at DHG LAThe first day of this initial session consisted of visits by Matt Snow (CEO), Kent Satterfield (Chairman), David Evans (Regional Managing Partner), Mike Crawford (COO), Tricia Wilson (Regional Managing Partner), Brad Newkirk (Managing Partner) and John Roberts (Managing Partner). The willingness of our firm leaders to take the time to spend a substantial part of their day with us, imparting their wisdom and advice, demonstrates how much the firm is behind DHGLA for the success of our future leaders and the success of the firm. During Matt Snow’s presentation to us, one of key messages he discussed was, “how do we measure what a great firm looks like?” The key to having a great firm is to have a pipeline of key, quality leaders. In order to have a pipeline of key, quality leaders, the firm must invest in the development of our up-and-coming leaders and our people throughout their careers. DHGLA is a part of that investment.

The main takeaway for me after this first session is knowing that the firm is investing and supporting all of us in our development as professionals and people. Our class is committed to making a difference and applying all that we have learned to help build valuable careers with our people and to help our clients achieve their goals.

Let’s recognize the DHGLA Class of 2016:  Jeremy Betsill, Jason Borden, Kevin Dadey, Roshi Fekrat, Stephanie Farmer, Brandon Flinchum, Steven Frank, Keith Giddens, Jennifer George, Ron Graver, Kelly Hill, Kathe Hoots, Wanda Justus, Brian Kilbane, Adam Lawyer, Chris Masone, Jeff Rapaglia, Alexander Rey, Katrina Thompson, Adam Thomas, Christine Trocino, Caleb Vuljanic, and Jason Wilkinson.


Brian Kilbane is an Assurance Partner in the Tampa Bay office, responsible for managing and growing DHG’s presence in the Tampa Bay insurance marketplace.  You will typically find Brian with his family at the baseball field or Irish dance competitions most weekends.