By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager
WeiserMazars LLP, a leading accounting, tax and advisory services firm, recently announced the addition of Jonathan Stomberger as a Principal in the Health Care Consulting Practice. He will be based out of the Pennsylvania office, significantly growing the firm’s local presence as well as its overall health care capabilities. Stomberger, a Certified Change Manager with more than 25 years of experience in health care consulting, took a few moments from settling into his new job to answer a few email questions for Big4.com.
What attracted you to WeiserMazars?
Having leadership experience across a range of organizations, from the world’s largest consultancies to fledgling startups, I was attracted to WeiserMazars’ culture and their relentless focus on client service, their leaders and the growth platform they offer. Weiser Mazars has a strong national presence and an outstanding international brand that provides world class services in more than 70 countries, capabilities that are not found outside the Big 4. I was offered a leadership role and the opportunity to be part of the aggressive consulting growth that the organization has experienced over the last 5 years.
What are the challenges/opportunities facing the firm’s health care clients?
Our clients, and the industry in general, are facing one of the greatest challenges – change. Whether this change is driven by consolidation or changing reimbursement or the overall need to transform the organization, the changes our clients are facing is significant and requires our clients to have an advisor that can stay with them through this period of transformation and guide them to success. Change cannot be “managed,” but strong leaders can “lead through change.”
How will your focus on Enterprise Transformation help?
Throughout my career I have found that looking at the “big picture” is the best place to start solving my client’s problems. As part of WeiserMazars, continuing to develop our Enterprise Transformation practice will allow us to do just that – look at the enterprise and gauge the transformation that the organization requires to be as successful as possible. We will also be able to solve for point challenges/solutions that clients face. While not every organization may need to be “transformed” – by examining a business across the full enterprise, we ensure that we aren’t solving for a problem in one area that creates a bigger problem elsewhere in the organization.
What other areas need to be focused on?
In my 26 years of helping clients solve major challenges I believe that there are a number of “problem cycles” that come and go like a pendulum swings. We always try to be at the forefront of these pendulum swings to help our clients. I believe that we will continue to see clients face operating model changes, primarily due to the general volatility in the health care sector. There is always a need to have your finger on the pulse of your organization’s supply chain and identify where efficiencies and cost reductions can be wrung from it. Lastly, and probably most importantly, helping organizations understand and build a culture that supports change leadership is a major area of focus and a passion of mine. Change is the one constant in the world and happening enjoy helping organizations prepare to handle it.
What do you see in the future?
For the consulting industry, I see a continued shift away from the “Big Time Consultants” in favor of more agile and responsive consulting firms like WeiserMazars. Clients are getting fatigued from the way it has always been and are looking for fresh solutions and innovation. WeiserMazars fits into that sweet spot.
In terms of the health care industry, that is the million dollar question. I advise my clients to get ready to hold on for a ride, because the dynamic change in the industry is not going to slow down.
As regards my personal future, I am excited to start this next chapter in my consulting career and look forward to helping clients achieve success and help WeiserMazars accelerate additional growth in our consulting practice.