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Robert M. Tarola, CPA


Bob Tarola is President of Right Advisory, LLC, a consulting firm formed in 2008 which offers a unique perspective to address business and professional challenges of accountants, auditors, attorneys, governance bodies and finance professionals. Mr. Tarola has extensive experience as a director, CFO and auditor of publicly held companies.

Mr. Tarola currently serves as a director of public mutual funds sponsored by Legg Mason, Inc., a director of TeleTech Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEC), and as a Trustee of the American Kidney Fund. He is an audit committee financial expert.

He is a former (1999-2008) Chief Financial Officer of W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) and MedStar Health, Inc. (1996-1999), multi-billion dollar businesses with complex multinational operations. He currently serves as the CFO of Howard University under a contractual arrangement with Right Advisory.

Prior to serving 12 years as a CFO, Mr. Tarola was a partner with Price Waterhouse LLP. During his 22-year tenure with Price Waterhouse, he served in a variety of capacities, including regional managing partner for a strategic industry segment, a partner in its national SEC services group, and an engagement partner for major client accounts.

He was an at-large member of the governing council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a past member of its assurance services executive committee, a past and current member of the board of directors of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, and holds licenses to practice accountancy in three states and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Tarola served on the standing advisory group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and was recently appointed to its inaugural investors advisory group. He is a member of the advisory board of the School of Accountancy of the University of Denver and of the University of Denver, and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Professionals.

Mr. Tarola holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Temple University and has chaired the advisory board to the President of the university.

Mr. Tarola is a member of the American Kidney Fund (AKF) Board of Trustees and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee, an at-large member of the Executive Committee, and is a member of the Board Development and Public Support Committees.


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