19 Feb 2014, Robert G. Tautges, CEO and Chairman of HLB International

Post date: Jan 14, 2014 8:25:32 AM


Entrepreneurship, the Key for Success


Success meets those of us who show initiative and a pro-active approach to business. Innovation is one side of it, with the business world and more specifically the accounting profession in great need. That includes taking “smart” risks in the process. Taking your career into your own hands is also necessary if you don’t want others to shape it for you… while sales skills are this vital element without which nothing is possible.

Robert G. Tautges, CEO and Chairman of HLB International

Whilst an officer at the accounting firm HLB Tautges Redpath, Rob's career has evolved from auditing financial statements to performing a variety of consulting services, including strategic planning, litigation support assignments, international planning and merger/acquisition assistance. Rob worked with clients in several industries, including manufacturing, real estate, retail, distribution and service companies. He also offered expertise to governmental and ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) clients. As a visionary, his leadership has meant continued growth for HLB Tautges Redpath.

Under Rob’s leadership, HLB Tautges Redpath, was the first firm to adopt the HLB prefix in the US. HLB International has been a cornerstone of the firm’s success, allowing it to provide exceptional care to clients with international operations.

In his position as Chairman of HLB International from 2004 through 2009, Rob further strengthened his knowledge of and relationships with HLB member firms around the world. This assignment was an ideal segue into his current position as CEO of HLB International.

Rob has been a speaker for both U.S. and international groups on accounting industry issues and state-of–the-art practice management topics. He was one of the leading forces in bringing an ESOP to HLB Tautges Redpath in 2003 and has been a speaker at events for the National Center for Employee Ownership as well as many of the HLB International conferences.

Rob is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. He and his wife live in St. Paul, USA and have six children. Rob currently divides his schedule to accommodate time in London as well as other parts of the world in support of HLB activities.

HLB International is a leading worldwide network of independent accounting, audit & tax firms and business advisers established in over 100 countries.