CEO and Owner, Final Ascent
Steve Conwell is an accomplished entrepreneur with more than 25 years of business growth advisory and financial consulting experience. As the CEO and owner of Final Ascent LLC, he leverages his team of professional exit advisors to help business owners achieve the American Dream. His firm works with sellers to transform their businesses into built to sell companies and partners with an extensive network of strategic business brokers and M&A firms to sell their businesses for top dollar at exit. Throughout his career, Steve has leveraged public accounting, internal audit, and controls experience with Fortune 500 and middle-market companies, always returning to his entrepreneurial roots.
From 1993 to 2002, Steve worked at Ernst & Young in public accounting, business advisory services, and technology auditing. At Whitman-Hart, Steve served as the COO of the Dallas office and Global Director of Business Operations across the 72-office, $2b management consulting firm.
In 2002, he began his entrepreneurial adventures co-founding and building ECC, a national consulting and recruiting firm. The company led global risk and controls engagements for Fortune 500 and middle-market clients, partnering with Tier-1 accounting firms. He successfully sold the business in 2008. Steve realized at this time he had a passion and love for business owners and their entrepreneurial spirit.
From 2009 to early 2017, Steve was the Market President of a consulting firm that provided professional accountants to small businesses to complement their internal accounting staff.
Most recently, he was the interim CFO for Rylex Capital in residential real estate. He led the cash to accrual conversion and the year-one audit, earning an unqualified audit opinion from the 8th largest public accounting firm.
Steve has a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Accounting and is a member of several professional associations. He is a Certified Value Builder and expert in getting companies “built to sell.” Steve was the past president of the Fort Worth Institute of Internal Auditors. He was a National Board Member and Dallas Advisory Council Chairman with the American Lung Association. He is an accomplished speaker, presenting several topics on business and entrepreneurship to business leaders and college students.
Steve is a native Texas and attended nine different schools growing up, It’s why he embraces change and loves thinking out-of-the-box. He lives in the Dallas area with his college sweetheart and their two children.