As the leader of Plante Moran's international consulting team, Lou Longo helps clients increase their operational efficiency and grow their businesses across borders through strategic expansions. For nearly three decades, he has built global relationships and formed trusted partnerships with clients through his on-the-ground experience in the markets in which they operate, along with his “shoot it straight' approach. Lou was instrumental in helping Plante Moran open offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Lou assists clients in achieving the highest profitability and quality in their international operations, while mitigating the tendency to make decisions based on emotion or perceptions. While realizing management teams are held accountable to stakeholders, his team's mission is to guide business decisions that support long-term growth. It's this philosophy that earned Plante Moran's international practice an AICPA Practice Innovation Award.Lou has a B.B.A. from Wayne State University and is a frequent speaker on the topic of globalization. His international experience led to a federal appointment to the District Export Council.