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The Final Ascent Team

Steve Conwell

Owner and CEO, Certified Value Builder

Steve Conwell is an accomplished entrepreneur with over 25 years of business advisory and financial consulting experience. Steve is passionate about helping business owners creatively tackle their biggest challenges and successfully grow their businesses. Throughout his career, he leveraged public accounting, internal audit and controls experience with Fortune 500 and middle market companies, always returning to his entrepreneurial roots.

Steve is part owner of Final Ascent LLC and Raincatcher, LLC, bringing his passion and energy as an accomplished small business owner to entrepreneurs who want to sell their businesses. He helps owners prepare their businesses for sale, leveraging his team of professional business brokers and extensive buyer networks to sell their businesses for top dollar.

Steve has a Bachelor and Masters if Science in Accounting and is a member of several professional associations. He is a Certified Value Builder and expert in getting companies “built to sell.” Steve was the past president of the Fort Worth Institute of Internal Auditors. He was a National Board Member and Dallas Advisory Council Chairman with the American Lung Association. He is an accomplished speaker, presenting several topics on business and entrepreneurship to business leaders and college students.

Steve is a native Texas and attended nine different schools growing up. It’s why he embraces change and loves thinking out-of-the-box. He lives in Dallas with his college sweetheart and two children.

From 1993 to 2002, Steve worked at Ernst & Young in public accounting, business advisory services and technology auditing. At Whitman-Hart, Steve served as the COO of the Dallas office and Global Director of Business Operations across the 72-office, $2b management consulting firm.

In 2002, he began his entrepreneurial adventures co-founding and building ECC, a national consulting and recruiting firm. The company led global risk and controls engagements for Fortune 500 and middle market clients, partnering with Tier-1 accounting firms. He successfully sold the business in 2008. Steve realized at this time he had a passion and love for business owners and their entrepreneurial spirit.

From 2009 to early 2017, Steve was the Market President of a consulting firm that provided professional accountants to small businesses to complement their internal accounting staff. Most recently, he was the interim CFO for Rylex Capital in residential real estate. He lead the cash to accrual conversion and the year-one audit, earning an unqualified audit opinion from the 8th largest public accounting firm.

Marla DiCarlo

Owner & President, Certified Value Builder

Marla DiCarlo is an accomplished business consultant with over 28 years of professional accounting experience. As part owner of Raincatcher, LLC and Final Ascent LLC, she is able to help business owners get their business ready to sell and get paid the maximum value. Marla has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a member of several professional organizations.

Originally from Arizona, Marla, her husband, and three children moved from to Colorado in 2007. From 2000 to 2008, Marla worked as Director of Accounting for an M&A and Investment group that specialized in purchase, capitalization, and management of real estate and businesses in various sectors. While there, she was responsible for new business deals, investments, and financing. She worked with groups such as Credit Suisse First Boston, ISS Group, Venture West Group, and Madison Dearborn Partners.

In 2012, she opened Kaizen Business Results, LLC, a fractional CFO, accounting and bookkeeping firm, to help small business owners understand the story behind their numbers and get to the next level. Using her experience in cash management, strategic planning, operations, and budgeting, she was able to help the small business owner scale, working with owners between $100k to $15mm in revenue.

Her prior industry experience includes real estate, commercial development and investments. She also has formal training and practical knowledge in computer implementation and consulting. Marla has a background in strategic planning and projecting, calculating valuations, forecasting and budgeting. She also has extensive experience in accounting software such as Great Plains Dynamics and SAP, and as a QuickBooks Pro Advisor for over 15 years she has the knowledge and ability to handle a multitude of accounting projects.

She is an accomplished speaker and has taught classes with her local SBDC and SBA, and various lenders and banking institutions. Marla is a certified Value Builder Advisor and has several years working in management accounting with an emphasis in taxes.
As a serial entrepreneur and small business owner, Marla has the heart and passion to help the owner get to that next level preparing them to make their Final Ascent.

Final Ascent has provided outstanding results since the inception of Grist Brewing Company in 2013. Their contribution to our success during the last three years includes development of a cost accounting methodology for our beer production, representation in the state of Colorado tax audit (resulting in no additional tax due) and guidance on several financial reporting issues as we experienced rapid growth.

Chuck Norman

Grist Brewing Company

Final Ascent has been instrumental in organizing our financial books across multiple businesses over the past several years. They have a very keen sense and ability to take raw financial data, convert it into useful information, and then translate that into practical insight for business owners to then truly assess their overall business health. 

Tom Shieh

Crimcheck.com

Having Final Ascent as part of our team was one of the smartest decisions we made. They have great insight and understanding to what are on the mind of entrepreneurs and we could tell they had a passion for people and their success.

 

JunNakajima

The Sushi Man

Final Ascent has provided outstanding results since the inception of Grist Brewing Company in 2013. Their contribution to our success during the last three years includes development of a cost accounting methodology for our beer production, representation in the state of Colorado tax audit (resulting in no additional tax due) and guidance on several financial reporting issues as we experienced rapid growth.

 

Chuck Norman

Grist Brewing Company

Final Ascent has been instrumental in organizing our financial books across multiple businesses over the past several years. They have a very keen sense and ability to take raw financial data, convert it into useful information, and then translate that into practical insight for business owners to then truly assess their overall business health. 

 

Tom Shieh

Crimcheck.com

Having Final Ascent as part of our team was one of the smartest decisions we made. They have great insight and understanding to what are on the mind of entrepreneurs and we could tell they had a passion for people and their success.

 

JunNakajima

The Sushi Man

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