As President of Gaines International│Allen Austin, Ari’s responsibilities include corporate development, forging external partnerships, championing DE&I causes and embedding them within the firm’s growth strategy, client origination, revenue production, and ensuring world-class quality execution across all engagements and service offerings. As a key member of Gaines International│Allen Austin’s leadership team, Ari assists in the strategic direction and tactical plans of the firm. Also remaining under Ari’s purview will be the Interim Leadership & Project Consulting practice.
Ari joined Gaines International│Allen Austin in March of 2021 to launch an Interim Leadership & Project Consulting practice expanding the firm’s service offerings and capturing an underserved market. He was drawn to Gaines International│Allen Austin because of the firm’s commitment to culture, disciplined approach to client service, and proprietary proven methods of success.
Ari brings 15+ years’ experience of providing advisory services and interim leadership to start-ups, private equity-backed entities, and publicly-traded enterprises. Ari has built a strong track record of assisting companies in identifying critical business issues and driving revenue growth across multiple service offerings, industries, and geographical markets. He prides himself on building longstanding partnerships with investors, owner-operators, management, and boards to deliver value to the organization.
Ari received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Accounting from Suffolk University. He is an active CPA in Texas and is a member of several professional organizations including the Private Directors Association, Association for Corporate Growth, Turnaround Management Association, and the Houston Energy Finance Group.
Ari grew up in the Boston, MA area and now resides in Missouri City, TX with his wife Andrea, and their two sons Samson and Jordan. When not in the office, Ari enjoys playing golf and cheering on his beloved hometown sports teams. Mentoring students and serving the not-for-profit community also round out Ari’s passions.