NEW YORK, NY – The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), an international peer advisory group for women-led companies, is proud to announce that Tabitha Swanson, CEO of The Swanson Group, has been inducted to the Portland Chapter. The mission of the WPO is to bring female presidents and entrepreneurs together to grow their corporations to the next level. Requirements for induction include an annual revenue of at least $2M and an ownership interest in the company.
“I am very pleased to welcome Tabitha to the WPO,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., WPO president and founder. “WPO membership is highly selective and Tabitha’s incredible success in building her accounting business deserves this level of recognition.”
The Swanson Group is a full-service tax, accounting and consulting firm and the largest in Westbrook. Swanson started with three employees and has grown her business to include nearly 20 full-time staff that serve 2,000 Maine businesses and residents. The firm is a Next Generation Accounting Firm, based on the principal that accountancy is about providing a service, versus a product. Next Generation firms proactively counsel small businesses on strategic financial growth, while also providing traditional tax prep and filing.
“This is humbling but also exciting,” says Tabitha Swanson. “It’s an incredible opportunity to learn from successful women around the country – I look forward to bringing their best-practices and ideas to our company.”
The WPO operates across six continents with 20 chapters. The groups meet once per month to share business expertise and experience.
“It is more important now than ever for female business leaders to connect, collaborate and learn from their peers as they take their businesses to the next level,” said Juliet Browne, chair of the Maine Chapter and a partner at Verrill Dana.
Swanson started the firm in 2012 at age 34. Since then, she’s acquired four other accounting firms and has plans to acquire others in the near future. The Swanson Group is rehabbing an aging building on Main Street, made possible through Westbrook’s “Downtown Façade Improvement Program.” Renovations are expected to be completed over the next six months.