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Following in the visionary steps of Walter Padgett are the Small Business leaders who drive the success of Padgett Business Services™ today.

Steve Rafsky, Chairman & CEO, purchased a Padgett Business Services™ franchise in 1993, transforming twenty years of accounting and finance experience into his own thriving company. Rafsky and his wife Greta grew their franchise into one of the largest Padgett offices in the country. One successful step led to another and, after joining Padgett's management team in 1997, Rafsky was named the company's Chief Executive Officer in 2001.

Over the course of his almost 20 year history with the company, Dan Sautner, Vice Chairman, has helped bring Padgett to the forefront of franchised small business services throughout the U.S. and Canada. He actively consults with franchise owners to help them grow their business and has been selected twice by Accounting Today as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the Industry.” His creative approach to delivering superior service has twice helped Padgett earn Accounting Today’s Gold Medal Award for Achievement in Client Service.

Roger Harris, President and COO, has been with Padgett Business Services™ for more than 30 years. After serving as President for the largest franchise in the Padgett system, he became President of the entire franchise system in 1992. He has served twice as Chairman of the Internal Revenue Advisory Council and he has been called to testify numerous times before both the United States House of Representatives and the US Senate on small business, IRS, and tax issues.

Brian Austin, Vice-Chairman, Padgett Business Services™, joined Padgett in 1986, serving in various financial and support roles. Today, he is a major contributor to the success of the company’s operations, particularly on a global scale in Canada, where he is a popular spokesperson on small business issues in the Canadian media. In addition, Austin is responsible for Canadian operations and actively helps franchise owners take their businesses to the next level.