About Us: The Director

Biographical Sketch - Stanley I. Simkins

Stan Simkins is President of Management Advisory Group, a regional management consulting corporation headquartered in Albany, New York.  As a former Partner and the Director of Management Advisory Services for a large, regional CPA firm, Stan developed and directed the firm's management consulting department. 

Stan also serves as the Director of the Capital Region Family Business Resource Center in Albany and formerly served as Director of the Family Business Institute at Siena College in Loudonville, NY (near Albany). The Center serves as a venue to bring family businesses together to deal with the unique challenges facing family-owned and operated businesses.  It provides a series of seminars, workshops, affinity group meetings, and a newsletter for its family business members.  As well as being an occasional speaker, Stan serves as a producer and facilitator for the various meetings and seminars.   Stan was the television host of the Tuesday Edition of Schenectady Today, a TV show featuring interviews with small business owners, which airs on Channel 16 through the Schenectady Access Cable Council (2003-2004). He was also the recipient of the Small Business Administration’s “Family Business Champion” for 2004. One of his clients, Old World Provisions, received the “Small Company of the Year” award from The Business Review.

Stan has been intimately involved with family businesses for over 39 years as a management and financial advisor to hundreds of businesses including the founding and operation of his own businesses.  Previously, Stan was the Managing Partner of his own CPA firm that he founded in 1973 and sold in 1983.  In 1980, Stan founded, and served as President, of a microcomputer software development company that he sold in 1986.  During his 30-year professional career, Stan also served as the Chief Financial Officer for a large import distribution company, and Vice President of Operations for a multi-entity manufacturer.

Stan was the guest lecturer to the five Family Business Chapters in Australia during 1999 conducting several workshops for not only family businesses, but also for other professionals advisors to family businesses. Stan has also appeared as a weekly, featured expert on WRGB-TV (Channel 6) as "The Business Doctor" with Jack Aernecke in 1991-1992 presenting on a variety of business management topics, and hosted a public access television show in Schenectady, NY featuring local business owners (2004-2005).  In addition to being a frequently requested public speaker and prolific writer, Stan's past involvement in civic and professional organizations includes:

  • American Management Association
  • Institute of Management Consultants
  • Family Firm Institute
  • American Institute, and New York State Society, of Certified Public Accountants
  • Northeast Subcontractors Association (NESCA)
  • New York State Medical Group Managers Association
  • Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce
    - Member of the Small Business Council and Chairperson of the Executive Dialogue Committee
  • Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York
    - Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • New York State Society of CPAs - Northeast Chapter
    - Chairperson - Management Advisory Services Committee -
  • New York State Society of CPAs
    - Management Advisory Services Committee
  • American Institute of CPAs
    - Contributing Editor - Journal of Accountancy

Some of the services which Stan is responsible for managing and providing for clients of Management Advisory Group include: succession planning, leadership development and mentoring, strategic and operational business planning, operational effectiveness reviews, organizational and management team development, financial management, executive search, data processing system selection, and business valuation.