HOUSTON, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- alliantgroup is proud to announce that former U.S. Congressman Rick Lazio has been appointed as a Senior Director for the firm. A former four-term congressman representing New York's 2nd district, Lazio has been a member of alliantgroup's Strategic Advisory Board since 2011, offering his unique insight and expertise for the benefit of American businesses. Serving in this additional capacity as a Senior Director, Lazio will further guide alliantgroup's mission in spreading awareness on the various federal and state tax incentives available to U.S. companies. Specifically, Lazio will be focusing his efforts on his home state of New York, ensuring that the state's businesses are taking advantage of all available credits and incentives.
"I'm a firm believer in government incentives like the R&D Tax Credit and in their ability to encourage economic growth and competitiveness," said Lazio. "Since joining alliantgroup, I have witnessed firsthand how these incentives have helped companies produce the on-hand capital necessary for job creation and reinvestment."
"Considering the major expansions that were made to the R&D Tax Credit this past December, our firm is now in an even better position to help U.S. businesses," said Lazio. "It's an exciting time for alliantgroup, and I'm looking forward to not only my expanded role with the firm, but in ensuring American companies are taking advantage of these new opportunities to grow and remain competitive."
During his tenure in Congress from 1993-2001, Lazio earned a reputation as an advocate for small and mid-sized businesses. Among his long list of accomplishments include his sponsorship of the Small Business Tax Fairness Act of 2000, his role in helping to draft and enact the first balanced budget in decades, and his support in the passage of numerous pro-business initiatives. By the time Lazio had left office in 2001, the federal budget was in surplus, millions of jobs had been created, taxes had been cut and millions of Americans had moved from welfare to work.
In his post-congressional career, Lazio has held several positions in the private sector, first working for JP Morgan Chase as a Managing Director and then later as an Executive Vice President. He also became a partner for the law firm of Jones Walker LLP and has served on the boards of numerous civic and philanthropic organizations in New York, including the Committee for Economic Development and the Association for a Better New York (ABNY).
"Rick has been a vital part of our firm and will be playing an extremely important role in our outreach to New York state businesses," said Brian Aumueller, alliantgroup Managing Director. "I am looking forward to working with him more in the coming months as we educate and inform New York state businesses on these valuable credits and incentives."
"Having already partnered with Rick over the past few years, I know that his economic insights and experience as a legislator will only serve to enhance our message and outreach to New York based businesses," said Sonny Grover, alliantgroup Executive Vice President.
"Since joining us five years ago, Rick has been phenomenal in not only educating U.S. businesses about the value of credits and incentives, but in advocating for their importance in spurring economic growth to policymakers," said Dhaval Jadav, alliantgroup CEO. "During his time in Congress and in the private sector, Rick has been a staunch advocate for American companies and I could not be happier that he has chosen to devote more of his time to our cause."
alliantgroup's mission is one of education and awareness—we exist to help industry organizations, U.S. businesses and the CPA firms that advise them, take full advantage of all federal and state tax credits, incentives and deductions available to them. Our government has legislated these powerful incentive programs to help businesses grow and successfully compete both in the U.S. and abroad. We are proud to have helped over 18,000 businesses claim more than $4 billion in tax incentives. alliantgroup's headquarters is in Houston, Texas, with offices across the country including New York, Boston, Chicago, Orange County, Sacramento, Orlando, Indianapolis and Washington, D.C.