The Nation's Best In Performance



Barry Melancon


Barry C. Melancon is a founder of the Government Transformation Initiative and serves on its Board. He is also President and Chief Executive Officer at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the national professional association of CPAs, with nearly 386,000 members worldwide.  He directs the Institute’s operations in New York; Durham, NC; Washington, DC and New Jersey. 


As head of the largest body of CPA's in the world, Melancon represents the Institute with state, national and international organizations and is

sought after by key opinion leaders for his expertise.


In addition to serving as President and CEO of the AICPA, Melancon is a member of the AICPA's delegation to the International Federation of Accountants, whose objective is the development and enhancement of a coordinated worldwide accountancy profession with harmonized standards. He is a member of the board and Chairman of XBRL-US and a founding board member of the Center for Audit Quality, and of the Global Accounting Alliance. He serves on the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, and during 2007-2008, served on the Department of the Treasury Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession. 


In 1995, at only 37 years old, Melancon was named the CEO of AICPA and is now the longest serving CEO in the organization’s 125 year history. He implemented a major reorganization of the AICPA in his first four months as CEO, focusing on positioning the AICPA to be more nimble and leading edge while also reducing its employment base by more than 20 percent. Today the AICPA has a record number of members and revenue. He also directed a move of the majority of AICPA operations from the New York metro area to Durham, NC saving the organization more than $11 million per year.  


Prior to joining the AICPA, Melancon served for eight years as Executive Director of the Society of Louisiana CPAs. He began his accounting career in 1979 at a small CPA firm in Louisiana. In 1984, he was elected a firm partner. Melancon graduated in 1978 from Nicholls State University in Louisiana, majoring in accounting with a minor in government. He also earned an MBA in 1983 from Nicholls State University and subsequently served as an adjunct professor of accounting at his alma mater for four years. He was also awarded his alma mater’s first and only Honorary Doctorate of Commerce in 2008.



David M. Walker



Dave is currently the Founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative (CAI). In this capacity he leads CAI’s efforts to promote fiscal responsibility and sustainability by engaging the public and assisting key policymakers on a non-partisan basis to help achieve solutions to America’s federal, state and local fiscal imbalances.


Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the first President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Previously, Dave served as the seventh Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) for almost ten years (1998-2008). This was one of Dave’s three presidential appointments each by different Presidents during his 15 years of total federal service. Dave also has over 20 years of private sector experience, including approximately 10 years as a Partner and Global Managing Director of Human Capital Services for Arthur Andersen LLP.


In addition to his leadership responsibilities at CAI, Dave currently serves on various non-profit boards and advisory groups. He is also a member of the Accounting Hall of Fame, the Trilateral Commission, and the Sons of the American Revolution.


Dave has won numerous leadership awards both domestically and internationally. He also has authored three books, with the latest one entitled Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility (2010), which is a National Bestseller. He is a frequent writer and media commentator, and is a subject of the critically acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A.



Steve Goodrich

Vice Chairman



Steve Goodrich is the president and CEO of The Center for Organizational Excellence, Inc. He has more than 30 years of demonstrated success leading organizations and regularly counsels CEOs, executives, and political appointees on organizational effectiveness strategies to improve performance. His passion for excellence led him to partner with David M. Walker, former comptroller general and head of GAO, to form the Government Transformation Initiative Coalition (GTI).


Mr. Goodrich serves on the Board of Directors for GTI and in this advisory role participates as the major voice for COE and the consulting industry. GTI’s primary focus is to support passage of legislation that establishes a non-partisan Federal Board to oversee and direct the transformation of the federal government. As a board member, Mr. Goodrich leads the coalition of corporations, nonprofits, academics and others interested in contributing to the achievement of this goal.


Mr. Goodrich began his career in education and then consulting to the power generation industry. As a division director in a prominent technology solutions firm, he provided support in integrating technology into the workplace. He has held senior leadership positions in small and large firms. In addition, he has served on the White House Committee for Educational Reform. Mr. Goodrich has taught at the university level and has served on a number of corporate boards, as well as serving as chairman of the board of a 501(c)(3) charity. He currently serves as vice chair on the Board for the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF) and The Unexpected Stage Theatre Company.


Mr. Goodrich holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Fitchburg State College and a Master of Arts degree in industrial management from the University of Maryland.



Kenneth Baggett

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Ken Baggett serves as CohnReznick's Co-CEO. Prior to this, he was Managing Principal and CEO of Reznick Group where he led that firm to rank among the top 20 largest public accounting firms in the U.S. Under his tenure as CEO, Reznick Group was regularly ranked among the top accounting firms in the cities where its offices were located. Ken is consistently listed as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Accountants” by Accounting Today and as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Practitioners” by CPA Magazine. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, he was recognized by Inside Public Accounting as one of the five most admired CPAs by his peers in a nationwide survey among 500 accounting firms.  Ken was named the outstanding alumnus for the Auburn University School of Accountancy and was also recognized as one of the top 40 alumni in the last 40 years (40 of 40) for the School of Business at Auburn University.


Ken's professional experience encompasses a range of real estate/tax issues related to the development and structuring of multi-family and commercial ventures. He also provides structuring advice to developers, builders, syndicates, investment banks, corporate investors, and housing finance agencies. Additionally, he advises clients on numerous issues including those in the low-income housing tax credit area. Ken also represents numerous long-term healthcare facilities in the eastern United States as well as a number of clients involved with rehabilitation and revitalization projects in various cities. He has also been extensively involved with student and military housing developments.


Ken is currently president and a board member of the Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition and is a past president and current board member of the Auburn University School of Accountancy Advisory Council.  He serves on the board of Government Transformation Initiative (GTI) and is a frequent speaker on subjects relating to real estate development and investment.

Mr. Baggett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Auburn University.