Robert M. Tarola, CPA, CGMA, Immediate Past Chair
Robert 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 companies in financial stress. He has extensive experience as a director, CFO and auditor of publicly held companies.
Tarola also serves as a director of public mutual funds sponsored by Legg Mason, Inc., and a director of Vista Outdoor, Inc. (NYSE:VSTO) and a director of XBRL International. He is a former director of TTEC Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEC), and former chief financial officer of W. R. Grace & Co. (1999-2008) (NYSE:GRA), MedStar Health, Inc. (1996-99), Howard University (2009-13), and Southcoast Health System (2014-2017)—all large organizations with complex and multinational operations. His positions with both Howard University and Southcoast Health were under a contractual agreement with Right Advisory to provide financial and operational improvement services and consulting.
He was a partner/employee 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.
Tarola 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 currently serves on its Investors Advisory Group. He is listed in the International Who’s Who of Professionals.
He is a certified public accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Temple University where he chaired the advisory board to the president of the university. In 2005 he received the Musser Award for Excellence in Alumni Leadership from Temple’s Fox School of Business.
Tarola is is Immediate Past Chair of the American Kidney Fund (AKF) Board of Trustees.