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Tom Watson

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Tom serves as the chief executive officer (CEO) of FORVIS, a top 10 professional services firm that delivers its experience and service with a deep understanding of its clients’ businesses, their needs, and what it takes to improve their business performance. As an international CPA and advisory firm, FORVIS serves clients in all 50 states and internationally. Tom is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the firm’s more than 5,500 personnel, including approximately 530 partners. Tom also serves as trustee of the FORVIS Foundation, FORVIS’ philanthropic fundraising organization.

Previously, Tom served as CEO of BKD, LLP, a top 15 accounting and advisory firm that merged with DHG to create FORVIS. Tom also served as South Region managing partner and Dallas/Fort Worth/Waco market managing partner prior to assuming the CEO role. During his career, Tom specialized in providing services to healthcare organizations, where he provided audit and advisory services to some of FORVIS’ most complex clients. He also served as healthcare regional industry leader where he helped guide the growth of this industry in the firm’s South Region. He currently serves as a member of FORVIS' firmwide Management Committee and Governing Board.

Tom received the Elijah Watt Sells Award for outstanding performance on the CPA exam. He is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA) and a member of the President’s Council at Harding University.

He is active in the community through involvement in numerous organizations. He serves as chair for Broadway Dallas and also serves as a board member and chair-elect for the Dallas chapter of The First Tee.

Tom is a 1992 graduate of Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas, with a B.B.A. degree.

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