Michael R. Draa has been our Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2012 when he formed Warbird Consulting Partners by leading a management buyout of the Accounting Advisory Practice from Huron Consulting Group. While at Huron, Michael served as the Practice Lead for the Accounting Advisory Practice. Prior to joining Huron, he was a partner at Callaway Partners, overseeing National Service Delivery on all projects. Mike also currently serves as the acting EVP of Warbird’s U.S. Healthcare Practice.
Mr. Draa has more than 30 years of accounting and consulting experience during which he has held several executive and senior management roles including accounting, sales and marketing and operations. During that time he has successfully led both strategic and tactical projects and teams. Mike’s deep industry experience includes Healthcare, Technology, Manufacturing, Automotive, and Media and he has vast expertise in many functional areas including: management of restatements, turnarounds, bankruptcy reorganization and liquidation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, system conversions (ERP), shared service implementation, start-ups, compliance, process re-engineering and technology ventures.
Mr. Draa sits on the Board of Directors of non-profit organizations and holds a degree in accounting and business management from Cedarville University.
CarolAnn has more than 20 years of extensive experience in managing process improvement for companies undergoing financial constraints, conducting forensic accounting investigations, performing risk assessment and compliance, establishing internal controls and managing the implementation of various accounting systems. She has held several vice president and senior management positions in industries that include Financial Services, Insurance and Government. She is a strategy-oriented professional who understands the cross-functional effect on the overall financial picture.
Prior to joining Warbird Consulting Partners, CarolAnn was a Senior Director at Callaway Partners, where she was responsible for delivering and managing the execution of several major projects for the Service Line. CarolAnn also served as a Director for the Accounting Advisory Practice within Huron Consulting Group. She has been responsible for leading engagements in the Automotive, Manufacturing and Telecommunications industries. Her main focus, however, has been her many project management responsibilities in leading Government contracts, Financial Services engagements and overseeing Compliance and Due Diligence reviews.
CarolAnn holds a PhD in Finance and Accounting from Kennedy/Stanford University, an MBA in Statistical Economics and Accounting from Cleveland State University and a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of the West Indies.
Agnes has over 20 years of accounting and finance experience. She has served in various project and program management roles for the last 12 years by managing and leading staff on compliance audits, due diligence, investigations and accounting support projects for various Federal Agencies. Agnes has spent the last eight years focused on accounting and compliance in the financial institutions. She managed teams to review and test internal controls, update and improve policies and procedures, investigations and due diligence, compliance reviews and government accounting support. As an expert in the delivery of complex financial and accounting services, Agnes is uniquely qualified as successful problem-solver and a sought-after, value-added advisor to public and private organizations.
Prior to joining Warbird, Agnes earned extensive complex project management experience addressing issues at several national and international financial service companies. She performed investigations, due diligence services and worked as a banker for clients such as hedge funds, broker-dealers, futures commission merchants and other capital markets and securities service providers.
Agnes earned her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her BS in Accounting from DePaul University; she is a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.