2019 Business Executive of the Year
Carl J. Grassi
Chairman, McDonald Hopkins
Carl became firm chairman of McDonald Hopkins in 2016 after serving as firm president for nine years. He is corporate counsel and business advisor to a number of middle-market and growth companies. Carl has extensive experience assisting clients in areas of complex mergers and acquisitions, choice of entity planning, business succession planning, financing and structuring ESOPs, executive compensation and tax planning, creation of family limited partnerships, formation and use of limited liability companies, and IRS controversies.
Carl authors the Small Business “Tax Tips” column for Crain’s Cleveland Business and has written other articles for national publications. He frequently speaks on business planning related topics for business owners, accountants and lawyers.
Carl was named one of Crain’s Cleveland Business “Who’s Who in Northeast Ohio in 2017,” and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America for the past 8 years. Carl also serves as the Chairman of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and is involved in numerous organizations in Northeast Ohio
About Business Executive of the Year
SME’s Business Executive of the Year award is Cleveland’s most prestigious business award for sales and marketing experts. Sales and marketing functions are arguably the most vital success factors for organizations and most evolving. With standards of resourcefulness, sophistication and skill in the sales and marketing, SME has become increasingly aware of the added value and influence that these professionals play in the achievement of success for both greater Cleveland businesses and communities.