Rick Davis is the CEO of Elliott Davis, one of the top 30 accounting firms in the country, and one of the largest accounting, tax, and consulting firms in the Southeast. After receiving his BS in accounting from Clemson University, he began working for Elliott Davis as a member of the audit staff, and has continued his career there for the past 30 years. As the firm’s managing shareholder, Rick leads the firm’s strategic planning process and oversees key initiatives relating to geographic and practice growth; revenue generation; client satisfaction; business development; policy and process implementation; community relations; and employee recruitment and retention. Over the years of serving clients in a wide array of industries, Rick developed special interest and expertise in five areas of business growth and success: corporate culture, change management, the discovery and development of talent, strategic planning, and leadership.
Rick has served as a board member of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and as senior advisory board member of Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science. Rick has been recognized in the 2014 Who’s Who in the Upstate issue of the Upstate Business Journal, as one of Greenville Business Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People from 2012 through 2016, and as 2011 Business Person of the Year in Greenville Business Magazine.
For further reading on corporate culture and change management, see “Battlefields & Board Rooms: Three Cultural Transformations in a South Carolina Company” [South Carolina Business, March 2014], “Battlefields & Board Rooms: More Cultural Transformations in a South Carolina Company” [BizSC platform — Upstate, Midlands, Lowcountry sites, September 2014], “Speed is the changemaker’s secret weapon” [Dialogue Review, September 2016], and “When New Hires Go Wrong” [Dialogue Review, September 2017].