Wipfli LLP, a top 20 national accounting firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Suresh Geer to the position of industry leader for the firm’s national tribal consulting practice.
Geer brings 21 years of tribal finance and governance experience, having previously served in financial leadership roles with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, including the past eight years as executive director of finance/CFO. He joined Wipfli as a director in the tribal consulting practice earlier this year.
“Coming from his work with the Seminole Tribe, Suresh brings this incredibly rich depth of experience,” said Joseph Eve, current tribal consulting practice leader. “He is the right leader for us at this inflection point, ensuring Wipfli remains the consultant of choice for tribal governments, with visionary enterprise and strategic goals.”
Geer served as the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s finance director of tribal government operations when they acquired Hard Rock International in 2006, a $965 million brand acquisition that represented one of the largest purchases ever made by an American Indian tribe.
His work further supported capital raising for over $1 billion in tribal business and government construction projects, including several healthcare facilities, water and wastewater treatment plants, a charter school, public safety and senior facilities. He has also been instrumental in the establishment of sovereign wealth and real estate investment funds and settling NIGC and IRS audits. He managed financial and strategic plans that saved the tribe over $110 million in fees and interest and established a tax department resulting in a potential $10 million in revenue sources.
Overseeing Wipfli’s tribal consulting practice, Geer will lead a nationwide team serving tribal clients in the areas of finance, technology and organizational strategy. He will be responsible for leading the overall vision, strategy, operations and resources of the practice.
“I was part of some trailblazing achievements for the Seminole Tribe, and now I’m in a position to help other tribes reach their own milestone goals,” Geer said. “Wipfli built a legacy in serving Indian Country, and I’m motivated by the opportunity to further that work.”
Geer has provided pivotal insight into unique tribal reporting issues through the Government Accounting Standards Board Equity Interest Consultative Group and as part of the Native American Finance Officers Association core working group responsible for the updated Orange Book. He is also a member of the Government Finance Officers Association.
He holds a master’s degree from University of Miami.
Geer will succeed Joseph Eve as he transitions into retirement in 2022.