alliantgroup presents Innovating America

America’s Future, Today


Innovation Is Everywhere


When people think about innovation in America, they think of companies like Apple, Ford and IBM. But, the companies and industries that leverage innovation aren’t just the ones you see on the front page.

Innovation is everywhere. From science to tech, legislation to company culture, innovation is alive and well in America, and we’re setting out to prove it.

Welcome to Innovating America, a podcast brought to you by alliantgroup’s Education and Awareness team.

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Innovating America Special Edition Series
The 2020 Election: What it Means for Your Business

Current Episode: Primary Primer: New Hampshire

The 2020 Democratic New Hampshire Primary is here and presidential candidates from Joe Biden to Bernie Sanders are hoping to claim victory in the wake of the shaky Iowa caucuses.

For U.S. business owners, election uncertainty can make planning for the future incredibly difficult. What will my business face with a President Warren or Buttigieg? What policy changes are the candidates bringing to the table that my company needs to be ready for?

Here to provide clarity to these questions and more are alliantgroup’s own Dean Zerbe, Former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and former Congressmen Rick Lazio (R- N.Y.) and Joe Crowley (D- N.Y.).

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Available Episodes

American Businesses on the Frontlines of Innovation

alliantgroup’s 2019 Think Tank Series: The Frontlines of Innovation, brought together some of the country’s leading experts in business, cybersecurity, legislation and public policy. Innovating Americahad a front row seat to chat with business leaders who attended this year’s event to discuss a wide-range of topics.

In this episode, hosts George Morgan and Matthew Beddingfield talked with executives about the trends they are seeing in their industry, the obstacles that their business might be facing and where they see the innovations in their field taking their company in the next decade.


Responding to Tragedy: The Nation’s First Homeland Security Department

On September 11, 2001, the world watched as one by one, planes careened into the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. as well as a field just outside of Shanksville Pennsylvania–taking the lives of nearly 3,000 people.

In this episode of Innovating America, we sit down with former Governor Tom Ridge, who now serves as a member of alliantgroup’s Strategic Advisory Board, about his experience with this national tragedy, and how it ultimately led him on a path to becoming our country’s very first Secretary of Homeland Security—building the department from the ground up.


Congress and the IRS: Their Relationship and Their Future

The IRS is our nation’s profit center, but with dwindling resources the agency is leaving millions upon millions of dollars on the table that could be poured into our country’s economy. Not only that, but the agency is constantly taking part in a dance with Congress and the legislative body’s oversight function.

In this episode, we sit down with former IRS Commissioner Mark Everson and Dean Zerbe, former Senior Counsel and Tax Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, to talk about the limited bandwidth of the IRS, the relationship between these two government bodies, and what problems kept both of them up at night during their time in Washington D.C.


The Robot Revolution: Demystifying the Myth of Machines as Job Thieves

Oxford Economics recently reported that robots could take 20 million manufacturing jobs from individuals all over the world by the year 2030. These pieces of technology are becoming not just more sophisticated, but also cheaper.

In this episode, we sit down with Jeff Burnstein, the President of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) to talk about why robots actually are adding jobs to the American economy, and why we should embrace, and not shy away from, the robot revolution.


Think Tank 2019: Checking the Pulse of the Talent and Technology in U.S. Business

alliantgroup’s 2019 Think Tank Series: STEM, Leadership & The Future of U.S. Business, brought together some of the country’s leading experts in business, technology and politics, and Innovating America had a front row seat to the action.

In this episode, guest host George Morgan talks with six different conference attendees about what it takes to hire and retain top talent in the U.S., the pressing needs of their industry and where they see technology taking their business in the future.


Women in Leadership

In 1980, there were no women in top executive positions at Fortune 100 companies. By 2001, 11 percent of those business leaders were women—and that number continues to grow.

This episode of Innovating America features a roundtable discussion with an amazing group of inspiring and powerful female leaders from alliantgroup, who open up about their individual leadership journey and how the women of today are paving the way for the next generation of female leaders.

The discussion tackles subjects like how women have taken on the challenge of working in industries that have traditionally been dominated by men, and what women leaders can do to make sure that they are always inspiring those around them – regardless of gender.

The episode features alliantgroup Managing Director Tracy Lustyan, alliantgroup Director Bridgette Brashear, alliantgroup Vice President of Education and Awareness Rose McCarty, alliantgroup Associate Director Missy Waites and Special Guest Host alliantgroup Senior Associate Taylor Imus.


The Business Of Breaches

We’re living in a world where the average ransomware attack costs companies $5 million, and cyberattacks are causing nearly 3.8 million records to be stolen from companies every single day.

So how are the perpetrators of these attacks able to hack our country’s businesses so easily, and what can we do to stop them?

On this episode of Innovating America, Congressman Rick Lazio, RGCybersecurity Vice President Jon Murphy and alliantgroup’s Vice Chairman for Professional Services Frank Tirelli join the show to discuss cybersecurity in the United States, and the importance of cyber-vigilance for U.S. businesses.


Means Of Attack: How American Businesses Must Face Mounting Cyber-Threats

New breeds of ransomware have become so sophisticated that they can literally take control of a company’s warehouse machinery, causing a disastrous ripple effect that goes far beyond just that company’s safety and bottom-line.

As of today, half of the industrial control systems networks in the U.S. have faced a cyber-attack, and the number is rising as legacy systems are being connected through the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

In this episode, Chuck Wilson, Executive Director of the National Systems Contractors Association explains why businesses need to be aware of these growing cybersecurity threats—and how they can prepare.


Re-writing the Rules on Company Culture and Innovative Work Environments

Only 15% of executives in the U.S. say that their company culture is exactly where it needs to be.

Why is it so hard to create a company culture that employees can easily get behind? And what are the companies whose cultures and work environments receive rave reviews doing right?

In this episode, alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav and Vice Chairman of Professional Services Frank Tirelli discuss how they have leveraged an effective company culture in their professional careers to drive revenue, passion and commitment to a unified company mission.


Advancements in Ag: How Tech is Pushing the Agriculture Industry into the Future

It isn’t every day that a hog farmer is a featured panelist at a SXSW event. But that was the case at this year’s conference, when Minnesota farmer Randy Spronk spoke with a standing-room only crowd about innovations in the agriculture industry today.

From drones that monitor crop growth to robots that analyze soil quality, technology’s place in the agriculture sector has grabbed the attention of engineers and developers across the country. The industry has experienced eye-popping growth in the last several years, with some estimates finding the market will reach $730 billion by 2023.

In this episode, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns talks with Innovating America about just how far technology has brought his industry, and the bright future that he sees ahead.


Facing The Breach: Cybersecurity In America Today

500 million people were impacted by the Marriott data breach in 2018, with everything from home addresses to passport numbers falling prey to the criminals who perpetrated the attack.

But how does a cyber-breach occur on such a large scale? And how are companies and governments around the world fighting back?

Cybersecurity expert Andrew Lanning, the founder of Integrated Security Technologies, talks with Innovating America about cybersecurity today—and how he sees the landscape playing out in the coming years.


STEM: The Future of Innovation in America

The United States is facing a serious problem. Economic growth is slowing while the country is struggling to fill millions of vacant technical jobs.

These jobs have the potential to put billions back into the economy and put the country on par with powerhouses like China and India.

Former U.S. Congressmen Harold Ford Jr. and Rick Lazio join Innovating America to discuss what it will take for the country to get back on top<.



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Mike Johanns

Mike Johanns

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Former Nebraska Governor, & Former U.S. Senator; alliantgroup Chairman of Agriculture

Mike Johanns was the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2005-2007 as well as the Governor of Nebraska from 1999-2005 and the state’s U.S. Senator from 2009-2015. As alliantgroup’s Chairman of Agriculture, Johanns brings more than 30 years of experience at virtually every level of government and a strong background in both agriculture and economic development. As the Secretary of Agriculture, he managed 18 different agencies, opened or expanded access to 40 international markets and was responsible for multiple agricultural breakthroughs as a negotiator for the Doha Development Round.

Rick Lazio

Rick Lazio

Former U.S. Congressman; alliantgroup Senior Vice President

Rick Lazio is a former U.S. Representative from New York serving in Congress from 1993-2001. While there, he became a strong advocate for small businesses by sponsoring the successful Small Business Tax Fairness Act. After Congress, Rick moved to the private sector working for JP Morgan Chase as a Managing Director and then Executive Vice President. Rick is committed to his continued interest and support of small to mid-sized businesses by brokering his insight and experience in the public and private sectors to provide strong incentives for job growth. This interest has extended into his civic and philanthropic work in New York with the Committee for Economic Development and the Association for a Better New York.

Harold Ford, Jr.

Harold Ford, Jr.

Former U.S. Congressman

Representing Tennessee’s 9th District from 1997-2007, during his five terms in office former U.S. Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. built a strong reputation as a bipartisan legislator willing to work across the aisle in the interest of his constituents. Taking over for his father Harold Ford, Sr., who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 22 years before retiring in 1996, Ford continued his father’s legacy as a civil servant devoted to expanding economic and educational opportunities for all Americans.

Upon entering office, Harold Ford Jr. quickly established himself as a leader and was chosen by his colleagues as freshman class president, providing him added influence as a spokesperson for the newly elected congressional members and as an intermediary with House leaders. The progression of Ford’s committee assignments reflected his resolve to play a significant role in the House, with Ford initially receiving assignments on the House committee’s for Education and Workforce and Government Reform and Oversight before moving on to accept seats on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Budget Committee. In 2000, Ford received widespread media attention when he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

During his time in public service, Harold Ford Jr. was an advocate for policies aimed at improving economic well-being and proposed legislation to enhance the assets of working-class Americans through savings programs and tax incentives. Ford has also long been a staunch supporter of economic empowerment through improved educational opportunities.

Frank Tirelli

Frank Tirelli

Vice Chairman of Professional Services

During his tenure with Deloitte Italy, Tirelli managed 4,500 professionals and $750 million in revenue. Prior to this international role, as the Vice Chairman for Deloitte U.S., Tirelli had direct supervision over all of Deloitte U.S.’s offices on the West Coast.

In addition to his 30 years of experience with the “Big 4” accounting firm, Tirelli was the President and CEO of Herbalife International Inc, a publicly traded nutrition company that did business in 52 countries and generated $2 billion in sales. In his current position with alliantgroup, Tirelli plays not only an important role in advising the firm’s executive management team on strategic and client service initiatives, but is an invaluable resource to alliantgroup’s CPA and industry partners – advising them on issues such as talent acquisition, talent development and retention, leadership, succession planning and revenue growth strategies.

Tom Ridge

Tom Ridge

Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Former Governor of Pennsylvania; alliantgroup Chairman of Cybersecurity and Technology

During a long and distinguished career that has spanned the public and private sectors, Tom Ridge has established himself as an authority in areas as diverse as intelligence analysis, national security, economic development, education, health and the environment.

In response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Tom Ridge was appointed by then-President George W. Bush as the first Director of the newly formed Office of Homeland Security. In January 2003, the Office of Homeland Security was designated by the Bush administration as an official Cabinet-level Department and Ridge was appointed the nation’s first Secretary of Homeland Security. During his tenure, Ridge worked with more than 180,000 employees to form an agency that was responsible for strengthening border security, providing intelligence analysis and infrastructure protection, improving the use of technology to counter weapons of mass destruction, and creating a comprehensive response and recovery division.

Prior to his time in the Bush administration, Ridge served as the Governor of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2001 where his aggressive technology strategy fueled the state’s economic development. Since re-entering the private sector, Ridge has served on several public and private boards.

Dean Zerbe

Dean Zerbe

Former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee; alliantgroup National Managing Director

Dean Zerbe is alliantgroup’s National Managing Director based in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. Prior to joining alliantgroup, Mr. Zerbe was Senior Counsel and Tax Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. He worked closely with then-Chairman and current Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), on tax legislation. During his tenure on the Finance Committee, Mr. Zerbe was intimately involved with nearly every major piece of tax legislation that was signed into law – including the 2001 and 2003 tax reconciliation bills, the JOBS bill in 2004 (corporate tax reform), and the Pension Protection Act. Mr. Zerbe is a frequent speaker and author on the outlook for short-term and long-term changes in tax policy, as well as ways accounting firms can help their clients lower their tax bill. He holds an LL.M. in Taxation from NYU and a J.D. from George Mason University.

Mark Everson

Mark Everson

Former IRS Commissioner and alliantgroup Vice Chairman

The Honorable Mark W. Everson served as Commissioner of Internal Revenue from 2003 until 2007. Prior to joining the IRS, Everson held Bush administration posts as Deputy Director for Management for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management. Everson also served in the Reagan administration, holding several positions at the United States Information Agency and the Department of Justice. In the private sector, Everson served as Group Vice President of Finance at SC International Services, Inc., a $2 billion food services company, and as an executive with the Pechiney Group, one of France’s largest industrial groups.

As Vice Chairman of alliantgroup, Mark is responsible for strategic and operational planning for the firm; advising the Executive Committee on numerous industry issues; and, educating U.S. businesses (and their CPA firms) as to the many credits & incentives available to them. Mark is passionate about helping U.S. businesses and travels throughout the country giving lectures and educational sessions, and is a frequent speaker in the media.

Dhaval Jadav

Dhaval Jadav

Chief Executive Officer

Dhaval Jadav is Chief Executive Officer of alliantgroup, America’s leading provider of credits and incentives for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Jadav co-founded the firm in 2002 and; since its inception, his passion to help and serve U.S. businesses (and their CPA firms) has resulted in alliantgroup assisting thousands of businesses claim powerful cash-generating credits and incentives.