Status Go


Airdate: May 30, 2018

J. Michael 'Mike' McGuire is CEO of Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading accounting and advisory firms. Mike has more than 30 years of experience working closely with high-growth, startup and middle-market companies, assisting in capital markets transactions ranging from angel investing, initial public offerings, merger & acquisition strategies, due diligence and deal structure. Before joining Grant Thornton in 2002, Mike served as Carolinas Audit Division Head for Arthur Andersen, LLP. Mike has received many awards and honors, including 'Most Admired CEO' by Charlotte Business Journal, and the 'Top 100 People in Accounting' by Accounting Today. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Management Information Services from Bowling Green University.  

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in national accountancy, brand positioning, creating culture, disruptive technologies, and scaling family values.   


  • Mike describes Grant Thornton ('GT'), what makes it ‘significantly different,’ and what GT means by 'StatusGo.'

  • He discusses what qualities GT hires for and the two personality traits in employees he values most.

  • He shares why he wants GT to be the 'Tesla' of the accounting industry.

  • Mike talks about how Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Smart Contracts, Data Analytics and Robotics are changing the accounting industry.

  • He addresses whether accounting firms are serving society when they help companies 'optimize' or pay less taxes.

  • Mike tells the story of how he hired Dianne Swonk, the new chief economist of GT.

  • He discusses growing up in the grocery business and what he learned 'at the corner of Jackson and Main.'

  • Mike reveals why he became an accountant, what he will never forget and how he wants to be remembered.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: On Curiosity and Courage 

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.

Additional support is provided by the UNC College of Arts + Architecture, celebrating a decade of creative education in the arts and design.