GHJ’s Mari-Anne Kehler Finalist for 2018 CMO Club Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA, Sept. 20, 2018… GHJ (GHJ) is proud to announce that its Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Mari-Anne Kehler has been named a finalist for “The CMO Transformation Award” at the 2018 CMO Club Awards. The CMO Transformation Award recognizes demonstrated ability to lead companywide brand transformation beyond the marketing department.

Mari-Anne has over 30 years of experience and leads the Firm’s strategy, business development and marketing initiatives, and recently it was announced that Mari-Anne will become a partner at the firm at the beginning of 2019. In her role at the Firm, Mari-Anne engages leadership to institute changes that improve both revenues and make the Firm a well-known presence in the marketplace. Mari-Anne has been instrumental in key initiatives that have transcended and transformed GHJ’ company culture and have had lasting impact far beyond just the marketing department and marketing strategy. Her efforts and influence have transformed the Firm’s vision, re-engineered its brand, created and publicized a culture focused on more than just work and redefined how the Firm approaches client service. It is through her guidance and insight that GHJ has become not only a better place to work but also a powerhouse in the market.

“Mari-Anne’s nomination for this award was well deserved, and we are pleased she is being recognized as a finalist,” GHJ’s Managing Partner Tom Barry said. “Her work at GHJ has been nothing short of transformative, and the partner group and I believe she truly has helped reinvent our company. I am looking forward to having her join the partner group next year as she continues the momentum she created.”

Bestowed annually across 10 categories, the CMO CLUB Awards recognize top senior marketing executives and are the only awards of their kind given to CMOs by their peers. A total of four winners per category will be determined by Oct. 17, and all finalists, winners and the 2018 CMO Hall of Fame inductee will be honored at The CMO Awards Ceremony Dinner Nov. 13, 2018 in New York City.

"This year's nominees represent the best and the brightest, and we are thrilled to have so many industry thought leaders in attendance,” CMO Club Founder and CEO Pete Krainik said. “The fact that each year more than 100 CMOs attend the awards to honor their peers is a true testament to the pride and esteem the executives have for one another."

About Mari-Anne Kehler

Mari-Anne Kehler leads the Firm’s strategy, business development and marketing. She has over 30 years of experience as a high-impact leader who successfully expands business through action by using core skills of strategy development, program execution, measurement and innovation. She has an integrated client-centric and industry approach with experience in professional services, finance, consumer business, entertainment and media. Prior to joining GHJ, Mari-Anne held sales, marketing and business development leadership roles at top organizations. She served as a national marketing leader for Deloitte Services LP where she held a number of positions on the Marketing and Business Development leadership team, including heading up National Tax marketing, and marketing/business development of the Pacific Southwest region. She was a highly rated trainer of senior-level talent at the globally renowned Deloitte University. Mari-Anne has been active in the community in the areas of disability awareness and fundraising and in mentoring families and professionals for almost two decades. In addition to serving on numerous nonprofit boards she is also a speaker at universities and conferences on the topic of disabilities: awareness, transition to adulthood and the impact on families. Mari-Anne has been a featured speaker at conferences on topics such as professional services growth, social media and marketing strategy.

About GHJ

Founded in 1953, GHJ is a Los Angeles-based accounting firm that specializes in nonprofit, food and beverage, entertainment and media and health and wellness companies. Recipient of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Employee Champion For Life Work Harmony Award and named a “Best Places to Work” by the Los Angeles Business Journal eight times since 2008, GHJ is passionate about helping clients and its people #BeMore by focusing on building thriving businesses and creating a better future.

The firm works as a business advocate for its clients — providing personalized service and building long-term relationships to help position our clients for growth. Also ranked as a top-20 largest accounting firm on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Book of Lists, the firm has 12 partners and approximately 150 staff members that serve over 3,000 clients. The firm is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center (GAQC), the California Society of CPAs and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofit).