Q: Clients say they look to StoneTurn to be a trusted adviser. Can you describe how we serve in that role?
Our clients look to us to be a trusted adviser because we not only have the right experience to solve their most complex problems, but we have also proven time and again that we truly have their best interests in mind. At the outset of an engagement, we strive to learn as much as we can about the client and the issues at hand to ensure we get the right team in place. We learn to speak the client’s language in terms of acronyms, systems and other company lingo. For example, I was recently on a project in which StoneTurn was engaged to evaluate a client’s anti-corruption compliance program and determine whether proper controls are in place to prevent the reoccurrence of previous violations of the FCPA. Instead of simply critiquing the client’s compliance program, we leveraged our experience to provide recommendations, and worked with the client to determine the best way to implement certain remedial measures.
Q: What do you believe sets StoneTurn apart?
StoneTurn’s genuine interest in its people, both personally and professionally, really sets us apart. I grew up in Minnesota, where people are often referred to as “Minnesota nice.” I like to think that a similar concept exists here at StoneTurn—“StoneTurn nice.” Everyone is friendly and truly cares about each other. I feel respected and empowered as an employee, and I like my colleagues and teammates. We have a fun and happy work environment, even when faced with difficult challenges, which allows us to deliver the best possible work product.
Q: StoneTurn is known for being collaborative. Describe for us how the firm is able to work so seamlessly with clients and as colleagues.
StoneTurn’s professionals approach every engagement with an eye toward collaboration and teamwork. We treat our clients as people, and in many cases, as teammates. Everyone pitches in to get the work done, with less emphasis on hierarchy and egos, and more focus on delivering outstanding client service. We foster relationships across offices and leverage others’ expertise whenever necessary and appropriate.