Stephen Jurgella, CEO Fountain Forward

Stephen Jurgella, CEO Fountain Forward

Stephen Jurgella created Fountain Forward in 2011 with a simple goal in mind: to help solve business owners’ real-life marketing challenges.

Fountain Forward describes themselves as, “A complete outsourced and highly trained marketing team specializing in branding and customer acquisition. Instead of you having one of everyone “in-house,” you can have an outsourced team of subject matter experts there to help whenever you need them.”

Their approach is straight-forward. Just like MGA, they want to make the complex simple for their clients.

Stephen is anything but your average entrepreneur. The energy and passion that he puts behind Fountain Forward is unmatched. His clients trust him to have their best interest at heart. They trust the Fountain Forward team to care for them and get their business to the next level.

Fountain Forward’s success is a testament to the care they have for their clients.

Stephen tells us that he wouldn’t be able to care for his clients the way he does if MGA wasn’t in the background caring for him and his business. Knowing that he has an MGA expert to call at any time of the day for sound advice lets him focus on the road ahead.

When a problem arises, Stephen's first reaction isn't to freak out or make rash decisions. His first reaction is to call MGA, and Partner Brian Miller, in particular.

“Brian took the time to listen to my problems. He took the time to listen to me say, “Hey, I don’t know what I’m doing.” Not coming from an entrepreneurial family, this venture was completely off the cuff for me. I’m good at building brands, growing businesses, and analyzing data. That’s what I do. But I don’t know how to run my books or protect myself from IRS issues. MGA does. Every time I have a need, they are right there, creatively solving my problems. They don’t just say no if they don’t have the answers. They say we’ll help you find it.”

At MGA, our goal is to be our clients’ sounding board. Stephen’s story is a perfect example of that.

Wherever you are headed, MGA is here to help.

To learn more about Fountain Forward and how MGA gives them the confidence to continue pushing forward, click here.

Cindy Marion: Houston Entrepreneur and Founder of MMI Agency

Cindy Marion: Houston Entrepreneur and Founder of MMI Agency

For thirty-two years, Cindy has worked to build Houston’s third-largest marketing and advertising agency, which she recently sold in 2018. While she is no longer affiliated with the firm, she laid the groundwork for this reputable and trusted agency to carry on without her.

Her story is an excellent example of how MGA can step in to help business owners make the complex simple. The MGA team has been there to support Cindy and her great company through various stages and challenges.

When she first onboarded with MGA, her agency was in a very high growth mode. There were many moving pieces and a lot of fast-paced kind of decisions that needed to be made. Cindy tells us she felt very supported through that process with Brian Miller and the MGA team.

Years later, as Cindy focused on her exit strategy and built on the technology, talent, and clients that would appeal to potential buyers, MGA was right there by her side. Selling your business comes with many complex obstacles. MGA was there to support Cindy, helping to make sure the agency was properly poised to be bought by a bigger entity.

“There were a lot of moving pieces, and MGA worked with me to help me understand the pros and cons of each deal point and what was in my best financial interest. Ultimately, some decisions had to be made, and MGA gave me the tools and insight to make the decisions that I felt were best.”

Cindy tells us that the MGA team was very instrumental in making the sales process a success. As she needed resources, support, or knowledge, they were just a call away.

“Firms like MGA are very personal and passionate about their clients, and I think that's something that can be missing in service businesses. I never felt uncomfortable admitting what I didn't know or challenging what I did know with the team. I feel very good about what MGA is doing here, related to building a firm that cares about its clients.”Cindy Marion

Just like Cindy, we are here for our clients no matter what challenges they are currently facing in their business. We are more than just Cindy’s accountants. We are her trusted resource for sophisticated business advice.

Click here to read more about Cindy’s journey as an entrepreneur and how MGA has been a part of her great success.

Roy Marsh: An Entrepreneur’s Success Story

Roy Marsh: An Entrepreneur's Success Story

Roy Marsh has been a successful entrepreneur for more than 20 years, and we at MGA are proud to have been his trusted partners along the way.

Roy and his business partner started using MGA as a Russ Miller client when they were in their pager and cell phone business days. Then, they transitioned to offering dial-up internet services followed by dedicated hosting. You can well imagine how they adjusted to changes in technology and how people were using that technology. Their entrepreneurial ventures took them into a mortgage company, followed by a home building business, and in 2012 they bought eSigns, an online retailer of custom printed signage, banners, and items used in tradeshow displays.

MGA is more than just their “tax guy.”

Roy served as eSigns’ CFO for four years before assuming duties as its CEO in the spring of 2016 after his brother and business partner suddenly passed away. Russ Miller was one of those first calls, and as Roy puts it, “You need folks along the way — people that can listen and digest and give you a straight answer.” That was his relationship with MGA and “his Russ.”

As a retail e-commerce entrepreneur, Roy knows all about the fast pace of change. It is not very different from the pressures he experienced with pagers and mortgages.

He sees this industry changing bit by bit every hour. As he tells us:

“The rate of change is accelerating as we move forward, and a massive new wave of technology is right around the corner. From a tax and accounting perspective, business owners don’t have the time or capacity to maintain a good handle on what’s to come. That’s why you’ve got to have folks like Russ who are staying up with that rate of change for you.”

That’s why MGA is ready when you are to “think forward,” as Russ always tells us.

At MGA, we aren’t just your tax accountants. We are the people you call to collaborate with about what’s coming next and how to anticipate it — from a tax perspective, yes, but also from a business strategy and technology perspective.

As entrepreneurs at MGA, we understand Roy and his company’s unique needs. We help him do what he does best: find innovative ways to open new markets and create real value.

Click here to read more about Roy Marsh’s entrepreneurial journey and how MGA thinks ahead with him.