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TaxAssist Direct USA Inc Management Structure

TaxAssist Direct USA Inc Directors

Hal Gross, CPA, Director

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Hal is a CPA with extensive experience in risk, audit and regulatory leadership roles at major global financial institutions. Hal held operational risk and regulatory leadership roles at UBS’ Investment Bank. At Citi, Hal also held senior positions in the Corporate and Investment Banking operational risk teams.

Previously, he headed Credit Suisse’s Americas Operational Risk team and led audit teams at American Express, and Lehman Brothers. Hal started his career in public accounting at Main Hurdman (KPMG) with clients in financial services, consumer goods and manufacturing. 

Hal has extensive experience building and transforming best-in-class risk and audit functions and designing and implementing risk, audit and analytics frameworks.

Mike Melling, US Board Director & Group Development Director

Mike Melling PhotoMike has had a 35-year career as a senior financial services executive in the UK, USA and Asia for American Express, GE Capital and Marsh & McLennan including board-level roles for subsidiary companies. He also served as UK President for operational consultancy Alexander Proudfoot Company serving large and mid-capitalization businesses.

Mike is Group Development Director for The TaxAssist Direct Group and an established franchisee in the UK, having purchased a large single location practice resale for £1m in 2012 followed by a further resale purchase in 2015. He has successfully deployed best practices and invested in colleague development, technology and client acquisition. The 25-person team he has developed now serve nearly 2,000 small businesses, Directors and individual clients from seven TaxAssist stores and offices in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, with further expansion planned. 

Mike was originally attracted to TaxAssist as he was keen to develop a family-owned business asset for the longer term that would provide a growing income stream while continuing to be flexibly engaged in growing businesses, investing in colleague development and technology. As a Director, Mike’s role will be driving franchise recruitment of Area Representatives and franchisees across the US, utilising his many years’ experience in running global operations and businesses in the corporate world and having successfully transitioned to owning and growing a highly successful, multi-site TaxAssist business. Mike's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here

Group Managing Director - Daren Moore FCCA

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Daren Moore joined The TaxAssist Direct Group Board of Directors in February 2018 as Group Commercial Director. Daren has spent his whole career in the accountancy practice sector, having worked his way up from accounts trainee to a member of the Management Board of Price Bailey LLP, a Top 25 regional firm, where he had an outstanding track record of achievement. Daren’s roles whilst in practice have been varied and include portfolio development, having twice built-up fee banks with different practices as a client portfolio partner, practice management as senior partner in a sizeable office with 5 fellow partners and 50 staff and business development through his role as head of sales and marketing. His Management Board role also involved a number of strategic planning functions, looking at business growth, acquisition opportunities, investment analysis, team building and incentive initiatives, innovation in technology and cloud services and broader operational planning. 

In 2022, Daren became Group Managing Director and oversees the entire Group operation, expansion and development of the franchise and various client services. With a solid knowledge of the accounting and taxation industry, in which he is a well-known and respected figure, Daren brings his 30 years of expertise to his role, to ensure the continued success and growth of the network in the UK and internationally.

Daren’s LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.

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