GBQ is pleased to announce that Managing Director Darci Congrove, CPA, has been honored among Columbus Business First’s inaugural class of Women of Influence Award winners. Recognized as a Community Champion, honorees in this category have successful private-sector careers while donating significant time, energy and resources to a cause that benefits the community.

For more than four years, Columbus Business First has regularly featured the most powerful female business leaders in Central Ohio on its Women of Influence podcast. This year, the award program received a total of 126 nominations, honoring a group of 27 remarkable and deserving women across seven different categories. Award winners were celebrated on Wednesday, July 12th, during a cocktail reception at the Westin Great Southern Hotel in downtown Columbus.

A dynamic leader and advocate, Darci continues to empower growth of the community through her involvement with countless community and civic organizations, assuming notable leadership roles and serving on the boards and/or committees within esteemed institutions: Columbus Chamber of Commerce; Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority; The Columbus Foundation; Columbus College of Art & Design; Matriots; German Village Society; United Way of Central Ohio; The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio; Women’s Small Business Accelerator; Dress for Success; Conway Center for Family Business; Somali Community Center; Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus; and Create Columbus Commission, among others.

Recognizing her considerable contributions, Darci has served as the recipient of several accolades: 2022 Smart Business Smart 50; 2022 Ohio Business Ohio 500; 2022 Columbus Business First C-Suite Award; 2020 Columbus Business First C-Suite Awards – CEO of the Year Runner-Up; 2019 YWCA Woman of Achievement; 2018 Columbus CEO CEO of the Year Finalist; 2015 and 2017 Smart Business Progressive Woman Award; 2016 Smart Business Smart 50 Award; 2015 German Village Society Frank Fetch Award; 2015 Columbus Business First Influential Women to Know; 2010 Women for Economic Leadership & Development – 12 Women You Should Know; 2009 United Way of Central Ohio Robert S. Crane Young Philanthropist Award; Leadership Columbus Class of 2003; 2002 Family Business Center of Central Ohio Outstanding Service Award; and 2002 Columbus Business First 40 Under 40.

Darci Congrove joined GBQ in 1998, was promoted to Partner in 2003, and in 2010, was elected Managing Director. While Darci’s previous experience included working within the tax practices of two regional firms, her client base has been focused on partnerships and LLCs for most of her career. Under Darci’s leadership and guidance,

GBQ continues to evolve, expanding through acquisitions and joint ventures, answering clients’ needs by adding niche services and broadening its community engagement efforts. As a result, GBQ has received several awards recognizing the firm’s commitment to empowering growth: INSIDE Public Accounting Top 100 Firm and Best of the Best Firm; Accounting Today Top 100 Firm and Regional Leader; Ohio Business Best Workplaces in Ohio and Ohio Success Award; and America’s Best Tax and Accounting Firms as determined by Forbes. In addition to being named a Columbus Business First Best Places to Work for 16 consecutive years, GBQ has been recognized for its commitment to community and has received workplace satisfaction awards in both Cincinnati and Toledo upon entering the markets.

In addition to her continued involvement throughout the community, Darci frequently speaks on tax, wealth planning, and business management matters.


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