Ohio Restaurant Association

“Our members have learned that those initials ‘GBQ’ mean a lot of help and expertise.”  — John Barker, President and CEO


Together & Company and Sweet Carrot

“I know that at GBQ all of those things are going to be available to me and all my needs will be met.” Angela Petro, Owner 



Primary Aim LLC (Multi-unit Wendy’s franchisee)

“The firm has exceeded our expectations in many ways over the years.” — Stephen Thompson, CFO 



“We choose to work with GBQ because they are leaders in providing strategic tax and accounting solutions and, as a result, are instrumental to our company’s growth. Whether expanding geographic locations, strategic partnerships, or product lines, GBQ remains an invaluable partner as we explore innovative opportunities. Additionally, their commitment to empowering growth, including that of the community, aligns with the values upon which Donatos was founded: “to give a good thing.” Our partnership with GBQ simply enables us to focus on what matters most: our employees and customers.”

Doug Kourie, CFO  — Donatos


“I discovered GBQ years ago on the golf course with Bret Clark when it was still Weber O’Brien. Since then its evolved multiple times but the end product has only gotten better. GBQ has demonstrated excellence is moving Barry Bagels forward in several different ways. They provide excellent technical advice regarding the day-to-day operations of our businesses. They provide strategic guidance to help me shape and define the long-term vision of our company. Additionally, GBQ has provided excellent counsel relative to COVID-specific relief programs applicable to Barry Bagels. Finally, GBQ has given us direction to assist us to accomplish our philanthropic missions of being a corporate contributor to bettering communities.”

Mark Greenblatt, President  —  Barry’s Bagels



“GBQ’s team made the transition from our prior accounting firm to GBQ for this year’s audit engagement so seamless. Our teams worked well together and we were all pleasantly surprised by how much easier the audit process seemed to be this year compared to prior years with our prior accounting firm.”

Donna Wall, Chief Administrative Officer  —  Coastal Management, LLC (Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee)



“The GBQ team members we’ve worked with are top-notch, and we have been very pleased with their breadth of knowledge and their in-depth understanding of our business. Our GBQ engagement team members keep us updated on all sorts of topics, ranging from new accounting pronouncements to the latest tax law changes. They also anticipate changes in our business and provide us timely information on those changes, whether related to general business, leadership, or ownership topics. With a small accounting team, we don’t have the time to do the type of research that is required on many of these topics, and it helps to get updates, reminders or suggestions from GBQ. Having used a national firm in the past, we appreciate the local/regional approach that we receive from GBQ. With a national firm, it sometimes felt that we were just a tiny fish in a large pond. With GBQ, it feels like they really care about us as a client, and want to help us succeed. As a CPA at a small business, I appreciate the various updates I receive, whether an invitation to an in-person CPE class, a CFO round-table, or a newsletter.

Suzie Pfeiffer, CPA, CGMA, Chief Financial Officer  —  LaRosa’s, Inc.



“Our referral to GBQ by a national firm resulted in a smooth transition that required minimal work for us and provided a responsive team that didn’t leave us waiting for answers. GBQ’s team presented not only the necessary audit results but also, presentations on fraud and cybersecurity, from which we have gained many useful ideas for our company.

Nikki Bloom, Chief Financial Officer  —  Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group, Inc. (Red Robin franchisee)


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