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2022 Men of the Year: Mark Sharp

FORVIS LLP

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Since taking the lead of FORVIS LLP’s Home Care & Hospice practice, Mark Sharp has expanded the division’s CPA and advisory services to clients in 40 states, producing $7 million in annual revenue.

“Under my leadership, the team focused on building recognition nationally for our home care and hospice expertise,” he says. “This effort has been very successful.”

As partner of the Home Care & Hospice division, Sharp oversees a team of 30 advisers. That’s up from 10 when he started in the role at then BKD LLP in 2004, when the team was generating $750,000 in annual revenue. 

The group assists home care and hospice providers with audits, strategic planning, accounting, projections, operating budgets, payment reform, corporate integrity, agency startups, and mergers and acquisitions. Sharp also provides management oversight for FORVIS’ home care clinical consulting and revenue cycle services team.

Sharp’s work has been noticed by numerous industry trade associations. He was asked to join the boards of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, for which he served as treasurer, and the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association as chair.

While on the board of the NAHC, the CEO of the organization died after 20 years in the role. Sharp says the board embarked on a CEO succession search while also reorganizing the association to have a modern governance and operating structure.

“Under my leadership, the Board Restructuring Committee was lauded for its proposed restructuring plan to a more streamlined, member-driven governance approach,” he says. “Many have pointed to these changes as the turning point for an organization that was struggling, to one that is now thriving. The board members that drove this initiative were subsequently honored with an induction into the NAHC Hall of Fame.”

At FORVIS, Sharp also is the department leader of the Springfield office’s consulting team. He says this responsibility was heightened in the past couple years. 

“With the pandemic, a major merger for BKD and significant growth in our practice, our managing partner for Springfield has had an overwhelming amount of responsibilities,” Sharp says. “I have helped contribute to our managing partner’s success in driving the many achievements our Springfield office has seen in the last year, including strong revenue growth, solid retention of staff and high level of employee engagement.”

On June 1, BKD merged with Charlotte, North Carolina-based DHG, yielding a new company name and a combined revenue of nearly $1.5 billion – enough to secure the No. 8 spot on Inside Public Accounting’s 2022 list of the top U.S. accounting firms.

Sharp says he also values giving of his time outside the office and has volunteered at numerous community organizations. He’s served on the boards of Lost & Found Grief Center, the Ozarks Regional YMCA and The Summit Preparatory School. He currently serves on the Southern Missouri FORVIS Foundation Committee.

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